When it comes to achieving your ideal breast size and shape, how far are you willing to go? Some women are willing to try a lot of “DIY” and at-home “remedies” to quickly and cost effectively enhance their breasts. Among the most unusual natural breast enhancement solutions that has recently surfaced online involves rubbing toothpaste on the breasts. Yes, some women are actually rubbing toothpaste on their breasts in hopes of achieving a bigger and perkier bust. [Read more…]
Plastic surgery is more popular than ever, according to the latest report from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. A total of 17.5 million cosmetic procedures were performed in 2017, a 2 percent increase from the previous year. Here, San Antonio plastic surgeon Dr. Robert Young breaks down the top procedures and interesting trends revealed in ASPS’ latest report.
Top Surgical Procedures
Approximately 1.8 million cosmetic surgical procedures were performed in 2017, a 1 percent increase from the previous year. The top five were:
- Breast augmentation – 300,378 procedures (3 percent increase)
- Liposuction – 246,354 procedures (5 percent increase)
- Nose reshaping (rhinoplasty) – 218,924 procedures (2 percent decrease)
- Eyelid surgery – 209,571 procedures (no change)
- Tummy tuck – 129,753 procedures (2 percent increase)
Top Minimally Invasive Procedures
Minimally invasive procedures outpaced surgical procedures in 2017. There were a total of 15.7 million minimally invasive procedures, a 2 percent increase from 2016. The top five were:
- Botulinum toxin type A – 7.2 million procedures (2 percent increase)
- Soft tissue fillers – 2.7 million procedures (3 percent increase)
- Chemical peels – 1.4 million procedures (1 percent increase)
- Laser hair removal – 1.1 million procedures (2 percent decrease)
- Microdermabrasion – 740,287 procedures (4 percent decrease)
Non-surgical Fat Removal and Skin Tightening Procedures Rise
Speaking of minimally invasive, more people are looking for non-surgical methods to remove unwanted deposits of fat and tighten saggy skin. Non-surgical treatments that eliminate fat and tighten skin increased nearly 20 percent over the previous year. Among the most popular procedures in this category is CoolSculpting, which uses fat freezing technology to permanently destroy fat cells. CoolSculpting is popular for many reasons. First, it doesn’t involve surgery, anesthesia, incisions or needles. Unlike liposuction and other surgical body contouring procedures, CoolSculpting doesn’t require downtime. The final slimming results typically become visible several months after treatment.
Breast Reduction and Brazilian Butt Lift Surge
Both breast reduction and Brazilian butt lift experienced noticeable increases in 2017. Breast reduction, which resizes overly large breasts and the nipple-areolar complex, increased 11 percent from the previous year. Brazilian butt lift, which enhances the shape and size of the buttocks using unwanted fat from another body area, increased 10 percent in 2017.
1.3 Million Procedures Were Performed on Men
The number of men seeking plastic surgery is increasing. There were more than 1.3 million cosmetic procedures performed on men in 2017. The ASPS report revealed that younger men are gravitating towards body contouring procedures. Liposuction increased 23 percent among men, tummy tucks increased 12 percent and male breast reduction increased approximately 30 percent over the past five years.
While younger men are concerned about sculpting their bodies, older men are more concerned about taking years off their facial appearance. According to ASPS, dermal fillers performed on men increased nearly 99 percent, while Botox almost quadrupled since 2000!
Discuss your cosmetic concerns and goals with a board certified plastic surgeon. To schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Young, please call (210) 496-BODY (2639) or email our office today.
The recovery period plays an important role in the success of any plastic surgery procedure. Following your doctor’s post-op recovery orders not only ensures you heal properly and as quickly as possible, it also reduces your risk of complications. To help you prepare for your recovery, San Antonio plastic surgeon Dr. Robert Young shares his top tips to keep in mind as you prepare for your recovery.
Take Plenty of Time Off Work
After surgery, you will need to get plenty of rest and refrain from your normal activities to allow your body to heal. This is important as returning to work too soon or resuming exercise before your doctor tells you to do so can sabotage the beauty of your results and lead to serious complications. The initial recovery period for most surgical procedures takes one to two weeks, during which you must refrain from exercising, bending and lifting items heavier than 10 pounds.
Prepare Your Recovery Space Ahead of Time
Immediately after your procedure, you will be groggy and low on energy. It is a good idea to prepare your recovery space before your surgery so it is ready once you come back home. Fill your bed or sofa with soft, fluffy pillows, clean bed sheets and blankets. Have must-have items like water (and plenty of it!), prescription medicine, hair ties and ice packs. It is also a good idea to have entertainment essentials such as books, DVDs, a tablet and your smartphone within your reach.
Enlist Help from a Loved One
Taking care of children or pets will be difficult during the first days of recovery. We recommend you ask a loved one to help with chores, including picking up your children from school, and walking and feeding pets. This way, you can focus on resting as much as possible.
Your plastic surgeon is invested in your recovery and overall wellbeing. Don’t hesitate to reach out to your plastic surgeon and their staff if you have any questions regarding your recovery. Your surgeon will be more than happy to listen to your concerns and make any modifications or recommendations that may be necessary to make your recovery more comfortable.
Please keep in the mind that these are general instructions. Your plastic surgeon will provide you with specific instructions to follow based on your unique case. To learn more about what to expect during the recovery period, or a specific cosmetic procedure, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Young. Call (210) 496-BODY (2639) or email our office today.
The eyes are one of the first things people notice about you. Unfortunately your eyes are also one of the first body areas to reveal age. The good news, however, is that there are cosmetic options available to rejuvenate the eye area and restore a youthful and energetic appearance.
Eyelid surgery and brow lift are two cosmetic procedures that enhance the eye area. However, there are distinct differences between the two. In this blog post, San Antonio plastic surgeon Dr. Robert Young discusses the two procedures in detail, including when it’s a good idea to combine the two.
What Eyelid Surgery Accomplishes
Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, reduces loose, stretched out skin on the upper eyelids that can create a tired-looking appearance. In some cases, the skin hangs so low that it obstructs the line of sight, impairing vision. The procedure can also treat puffy under-eye bags and fine lines under and around the lower eyelids.
What Brow Lift Accomplishes
Ideally, the brows should sit at the level of, or slightly above the bone rim on top of the eye socket. Brow lift raises brows that sit low on the forehead and hood the upper eyelids. Brow lift also minimizes the appearance of deep forehead wrinkles and lines on the bridge of the nose (between the eyes).
When Should Eyelid Surgery and Brow Lift Be Combined?
Since the brow and eyelid areas often age at the same rate, many patients choose to combine eyelid surgery and brow lift to achieve the most comprehensive rejuvenating results. However, this is a personal choice. Whether or not you should combine the procedures will depend on your specific needs and goals.
In addition, undergoing both procedures at the same time offers recovery and cost benefits. Combining brow lift and eyelid surgery allows you to achieve the comprehensive results you desire without waiting for your body to heal in between procedures. Also, a combination procedure means you only have to pay the anesthesia and hospital fees once, cutting back on the total cost of your surgeries.
Dr. Young has helped hundreds of patients achieve beautiful and natural-looking facial rejuvenation results with eyelid surgery, brow lift or both. The trusted surgeon will make his recommendations on a course of treatment upon evaluating your unique anatomy, concerns and desired outcome. To discuss your facial rejuvenation treatment options, schedule a consultation with Dr. Young by calling (210) 496-BODY (2639) or emailing our office today.
Today’s breast implants come in many shapes, sizes, projections and fillings, allowing women to customize their results more than ever before. While this is certainly a benefit, the number of choices can be overwhelming at first. Fortunately, your plastic surgeon is a great resource for selecting the right breast implants. In this blog post, San Antonio breast augmentation surgeon Dr. Robert Young shares tips on how to select your implant size. [Read more…]
Recent statistics reveal that Brazilian butt lift continues to rise in popularity. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the procedure grew 10 percent from 2016 to 2017.
Although liposuction has long been considered to be the gold standard in fat removal, there’s another treatment option that has piqued the interest of many individuals who are bothered by unwanted bulges of fat. CoolSculpting is an innovative, non-surgical treatment that uses freezing technology to eliminate surplus fat from various body areas.
Dr. Robert Young is pleased to offer both liposuction and CoolSculpting to patients who wish to sculpt and slim their physiques. Here, he discusses the benefits and limitations of each procedure. [Read more…]
According to the latest statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), vaginal rejuvenation procedures have seen a dramatic rise in popularity. Dr. Robert Young himself has seen an increase in inquiries for vaginal rejuvenation at his San Antonio plastic surgery practice. He is pleased to offer an innovative, non-surgical option for women who are bothered by lax vaginal muscles and skin. ThermiVa is a revolutionary procedure that utilizes radiofrequency energy to gently heat tissue on the internal and external areas of the vagina and labia. This process stimulates collagen to firm and tighten the vaginal skin and muscles. [Read more…]
Breast augmentation is one of the most rewarding procedures Dr. Robert Young performs at his San Antonio plastic surgery practice. Bigger and fuller breasts not only enhance a woman’s overall figure but also boost her confidence and well-being. Naturally, many patients want to know how long their results will last. In this blog post, the San Antonio plastic surgeon answers this question in detail. [Read more…]