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Restoring the Younger You

Contributed by: Ryan Gobble, MD, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon, Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Every year millions of Americans make New Year’s resolutions.
In fact 45 percent of all Americans make a resolution with the two most common being self-improvement/educational related and weight related. Sadly, only eight percent of people who make a New Year’s resolution are successful in achieving that resolution. The older we are the less successful we are in achieving resolutions.

While losing weight, exercising, and learning a new skill are all great ways to feel better about yourself, another way people are working on self-improvement is by turning to plastic surgery. The American Society for Plastic Surgery (ASPS) recently released statistics from 2014 that show an overall increase in cosmetic procedures. The top five surgical procedures were breast augmentation, nose reshaping, liposuction, eyelid surgery, and facelifts; while the top five minimally invasive procedures were botulinum toxin type A (Botox), soft tissue filler, chemical peel, laser hair removal, and microdermabrasion. I agree with Scot Glasberg, MD, ASPS president on what he says about patients; “Today, more than ever, patients are empowered with choices to achieve the results they are seeking. Through open communication and mutual understanding of expectations, patients work closely with their surgeon to determine the procedures most appropriate for them to achieve their optimal outcomes.”

According to the ASPS, women are not the only ones turning to plastic surgery as a means of self-improvement. Cosmetic cases in men have steadily increased since 2014, with most surgical procedures being pectoral implants and male breast reduction for gynecomastia (swelling of breast tissue in males).

With the coming New Year many patients choose to undergo plastic surgery; some because the “gifting” of plastic surgery and others because they want a new look. With the increasing popularity of “gifting” cosmetic surgery, it should be noted that this usually involves only paying for the services and that the decision to undergo surgery should be initiated by the patient and the decision to perform any procedure is at the discretion of the plastic surgeon evaluating the patient. Even though it’s elective and often not a medical necessity, cosmetic surgery is still surgery that can have risks just as any other surgery.

In the coming months, I will be delving deeper into the myriad of cosmetic procedures commonly performed by plastic surgeons. Upcoming topics will cover minimally invasive plastic surgery (botulinum toxin type A (Botox), soft tissue filler, chemical peel, laser hair removal), facial rejuvenation (blepharoplasty, brow lift, rhinoplasty, face/neck lift), breast surgery (augmentation, reduction, breast lift, gynecomastia), abdominal rejuvenation (abdominoplasty), and body contouring after massive weight loss (arm lift, thigh lift, body lift).

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