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Men Are an Untapped Market for Plastic Surgery

Men Are an Untapped Market for Plastic Surgery | Cosmetic Surgeons | Scoop.it

Few surgical specialties can report figures like this: between 1997 and 2014, the annual number of cosmetic procedures performed in the United States increased by more than 274%. Plastic surgeons performed the vast majority of those procedures on women, although the number of men undergoing cosmetic procedures increased somewhat.


Researchers from New York University Medical Center have published a study examining plastic surgeons’ marketing practices. Published in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal, their findings suggest that plastic surgeons could do a better job of advertising to male patients.

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Plastic surgeons call for greater care of patients with body image disorders

Plastic surgeons call for greater care of patients with body image disorders | Cosmetic Surgeons | Scoop.it

REID Ewing was so disgusted with his looks that he would sit alone in his apartment, taking pictures of himself from every angle, analysing his features.


The Modern Family actor has body dysmorphia, a version of obsessive compulsive disorder where the sufferer becomes obsessed with their looks or a particular body part.


“It gets to the point where their preoccupation with imagined or minor defects becomes so severe that it interferes with their day-to-day functioning,” said Dr Julie Malone, a Sydney-based clinical psychologist specialising in body image and body dysmorphic disorders. She says up to 4 per cent of Australians suffer from these conditions.


“Sufferers become isolated, withdrawn and avoid seeing people. They check themselves in the mirror repeatedly. They try to camouflage the body part they don’t like with a hat, wearing their hair over their face or baggy clothing. They say ‘I’m not going to go out of my house. No one can see me like this, I’m so ugly’.”

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NSW Government moves to tighten cosmetic surgery industry

NSW Government moves to tighten cosmetic surgery industry | Cosmetic Surgeons | Scoop.it

The NSW Government has moved to tighten regulation of the cosmetic surgery industry after a number of patients were rushed to hospital following breast enlargement surgery.


Several patients have been transferred to hospital following procedures at private cosmetic surgery clinics in the last two years and at least three clinics are being investigated by the Health Care Complaints Commission.


The patients include Wollongong woman Krystle Morgan, whose lung was punctured during a breast enlargement at The Cosmetic Institute in Bondi last year and Amy Rickhuss, who went into cardiac arrest at the same company's Parramatta clinic in January.

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There's now an Uber for plastic surgery appointments that wants to 'change the face' of the industry

There's now an Uber for plastic surgery appointments that wants to 'change the face' of the industry | Cosmetic Surgeons | Scoop.it

Some might consider cosmetic surgery an area where convenience isn’t the ultimate goal.


It’s a big decision, and maybe having a few annoying steps can serve as a time of reflection on whether you actually want to go through with it.


The team behind the new app Zwivel, however, seem to completely disagree with this position. The app (and online service) lets you get expert opinions from doctors, secure multiple price quotes, and book appointments, all without ever leaving your home.

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Gender Dysphoria - Gender Transition Surgery

Gender Dysphoria - Gender Transition Surgery | Cosmetic Surgeons | Scoop.it

Most of us have heard about Caitlyn Jenner’s transition. She has been through a process many of us find it hard to fathom or comprehend having to go through. However, it is a process and transition that has seen a huge increase in numbers in recent years; not only due to a wider social acceptance but because our knowledge, technology and skills with plastic and cosmetic surgery in today’s world is almost limitless when it comes to what surgeons can do. Gender dysphoria, also known as gender identity disorder, is described as “the formal diagnosis used by psychologists and physicians to describe people who experience significant dysphoria (discontent) with the sex and gender they were assigned at birth.” (Reference Wikipedia).


Being stuck in a body that doesn’t seem like the right one for you must be hard enough, but combine this with the social, emotional and behavioural issues associated with it, is probably one of the reasons why this group has a much higher rate of suicide and depression. However, things are slowly turning around with more high profile stories being covered in mainstream media and more plastic surgeons offering gender transition surgery.

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Medical Tourism: Making an informed choice

Medical Tourism: Making an informed choice | Cosmetic Surgeons | Scoop.it

The lure of overseas treatment is often based on price. However, medical tourism raises some safety and financial concerns for Australian patients.


These factors should be considered before committing to overseas medical treatment:

  • Is the overseas surgeon appropriately qualified, experienced and accredited with the relevant regulatory bodies?
  • Does the hospital/day clinic meet appropriate international standards for infection control, sterilisation of equipment and drug integrity?
  • Does the patient understand the options, procedure, risks and recovery information? 
  • Are all of the patient’s costs covered in any package offered?
  • What happens if something goes wrong as a result of the surgery overseas? 
  • Once they have returned to Australia, what is the patient’s plan for follow-up care if required?
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The Hollywood Guide to Nose Jobs

The Hollywood Guide to Nose Jobs | Cosmetic Surgeons | Scoop.it

The nose took centre stage when over 150 of Australia’s top Facial Plastic Surgeons and Plastic Surgeons met in Sydney recently for the inaugural combined conference of the Australasian Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery and Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons to focus on functional and aesthetic rhinoplasty.


“Nobody knows more about noses than the keynote speakers we attracted to this meeting,” said Australasian Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery President and Symposium Co-Convenor, Dr George Marcells.


“If this meeting was held anywhere else in the world, there would be 1,000 surgeons attending,” said Symposium Co-Convenor, Mr Peter Callan, a Plastic Surgeon and member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons.


The intimate nature of this meeting – held at the National Maritime Museum in Sydney from 8-10 October 2015 – provided an opportunity for sharing close to 1,500 years of combined knowledge and hands-on experience with what is regarded as one of the most difficult procedures to perform.

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Liposuction explained

Liposuction explained | Cosmetic Surgeons | Scoop.it

Liposuction is a procedure that is considered safe, easy, and less painful. The procedure is used to remove body fat. The procedure helps with reshaping certain parts of the body. It is commonly used on problem areas that are rather hard to train away or well to diet and exercise. The areas that are commonly treated on women are outer thighs and hips. For men it is mostly the waist and back. Next to large body parts it is also possible to treat your face, neck, abdomen, buttocks, legs, and upper arms with liposuction.

Top4's insight:

Most of us wanted to stay in shape, that is why people are investing a lot of money to keep their figure on track.

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Can you hear me?

Can you hear me? | Cosmetic Surgeons | Scoop.it

It's something you definitely will not see every day, or hear about during a chat with colleagues on the work floor. you can either call it gruesomely fascinating and strangely beautiful, but you have to say what it is.. It is an ear on an arm..


The creator of this magnificent piece of "art"? Stelarc, an award-winning Australian performance artist who has transplanted a third ear on his arm. Why did he do this? Stelarc dedicates it to art itself.


The creation itself is not done yet. He continuous further surgeries to install a WiFi connected microphone in the arm-ear, so that other people from everywhere around him can hear the same as he does. He hopes he can convince others of his vision.


"It's when art is surprising that it becomes interesting," according to Stelarc.

Top4's insight:

It might sound odd, to actually transplant an ear on your arm. To me it still sounds weird when I hear it. But this opinion does not count for Stelarc, the "artist" who did the ear-to-arm transplant.

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Liposuction explained.

Liposuction explained. | Cosmetic Surgeons | Scoop.it

Liposuction is a procedure that is considered safe, easy, and less painful. The procedure is used to remove body fat. The procedure helps with reshaping certain parts of the body. It is commonly used on problem areas that are rather hard to train away or well to diet and exercise. The areas that are commonly treated on women are outer thighs and hips. For men it is mostly the waist and back. Next to large body parts it is also possible to treat your face, neck, abdomen, buttocks, legs, and upper arms with liposuction.

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Exercised a lot but still seeing those floppy waists or juggling arms? Liposuction is an easy "operation", that will get rid of the extra body fat.

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So this could be the future of boob jobs

So this could be the future of boob jobs | Cosmetic Surgeons | Scoop.it

For the first time in 20 years, a new saline implant has been approved by the FDA and it could very well be a game changer. Here’s why.


There are currently two types of breast implants on the market, silicone-gel and saline, and there are pros and cons to both.


Silicone-gel implantsOn one hand, silicone-gel implants feel softer and more natural than the saline-kind, however they’re associated with a fear of a “silent rupture”, whereby they rupture and the substance leaks into the body without detection.


Saline implantsWith that said, some people prefer to opt for saline implants because they’re a “natural” substance and the scars can be shorter (because you can place the implant inside through a smaller incision and then inflate it). You’ll also know immediately if a saline implant ruptures, so it doesn’t fly under the radar like silicone-gel implants.  But they feel harder than silicone-gel implants and have the potential to move around, wrinkle and fold.


The Ideal ImplantComprehend those differences? Well, the Ideal Implant aims to combine the best characteristics of both implants.

Created by plastic surgeon, Robert Hamas, Ideal Implant is a saline implant which is apparently less likely to move around, fold and wrinkle, thanks to silicone baffle shells which keep everything in place.

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Rushed cosmetic procedures a 'recipe for disaster'

Rushed cosmetic procedures a 'recipe for disaster' | Cosmetic Surgeons | Scoop.it

When Chanelle O'Hare went searching online for a good deal on cosmetic procedures, she never imagined she would endure more than two years of scarring and trauma.


The 36-year-old showed up to a beauty salon at Burwood Plaza in 2012 after seeing a special deal for Botox and dermal fillers on Living Social, a popular budget website that features deals and gift ideas for things to do in Sydney.  She thought everything was fine until the nurse conducting the procedure told her she would have to see a doctor for antibiotics and antihistamine to prevent infection.


"That's when I realised things weren't right," Ms O'Hare said. "She didn't tell me what she was putting in my face and she didn't show me any of the packages. She only told me at the end that she'd given me a stronger filler so that it would last longer. I thought, 'what did she put in my face?'"

She woke up the next morning to find her lips were bruised, severely infected and swollen to three times their normal size, making her face unrecognisable. She had to see a doctor to reverse the filler by lancing her lips.

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Rise in surgery to remove excess skin after huge weight loss

Rise in surgery to remove excess skin after huge weight loss | Cosmetic Surgeons | Scoop.it

IN 2011, at 170kg and aged 26, Tracey Searle was one of the 63 per cent of Australians who are overweight or obese.


She could just fit into size 26 clothes, developed sleep apnoea and was close to becoming diabetic.


“I had a lot of medical issues and I was told to lose weight very quickly, otherwise it would impact my long-term health,” Tracey, now 29, told news.com.au.


In 2012, she underwent gastric sleeve surgery, where 70 per cent of the stomach is removed, and hired a personal trainer. She lost 100kg in 18 months.


“The surgeon who performed my gastric sleeve surgery did warn me that I could have excess skin. He said I was young enough that it might not be such a big deal, so I went in thinking it might not be too bad. But as the weight kept dropping the skin just stayed,” she said.


Like many people who lose a lot of weight over a short period, Tracey had handfuls of excess skin on her stomach, under her arms and between her thighs.

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Women share their breast reconstruction stories to raise awareness

Women share their breast reconstruction stories to raise awareness | Cosmetic Surgeons | Scoop.it

Robyn Woodham isn’t an actress or filmmaker but she does have something in common with Hollywood’s Angelina Jolie.  She underwent a mastectomy earlier this year after her right breast was removed following her breast cancer diagnosis last year.


‘‘It broke my heart to have my breast off,’’ said Mrs Woodham of Catherine Field. ‘‘I take a lot of pride in my appearance so I was keen to have a reconstruction.’’


Mrs Woodham has been called an ‘‘Angelina of her community’’ for sharing her story on BRA Day – Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day — today.  More than 15,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year but only a small number of them will opt for a breast reconstruction, Associate Professor Hugh Batholomeusz of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons said.  Awareness increased after Jolie’s breast cancer and reconstruction in 2013 – 4 per cent more women discovered a reconstruction was possible after a mastectomy.

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Doctors and patients unite to empower women on Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day

Doctors and patients unite to empower women on Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day | Cosmetic Surgeons | Scoop.it

Australia’s third annual Breast Reconstruction Awareness (BRA) Day on Wednesday, 25th November is set to educate and inform women about their post mastectomy reconstruction options.


The theme for this year’s BRA Day is “Knowledge is power: helping women to make an informed choice about breast reconstruction”.


“One of the most important factors in a woman’s decision-making process around reconstruction is education. The more information women have the more empowered they feel to make an informed decision,” says Associate Professor Hugh Bartholomeusz, President of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons.


“This year in Australia more than 15,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and while many women will undergo a potentially life-saving mastectomy (the surgical removal of one or both breasts), only a minority of these will opt for a breast reconstruction, despite it being fully reimbursed under Medicare, and despite research showing a reconstruction can have positive emotional and physical benefits.

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Silimed medical devices suspended

Silimed medical devices suspended | Cosmetic Surgeons | Scoop.it

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) is aware of the suspension in Europe of devices manufactured by Silimed that followed an audit of its manufacturing procedures. The TGA is urgently investigating to determine what action is required in Australia including testing of samples.


As a precautionary measure, Device Technologies (the Australian distributor) has stopped any further supply of the products in Australia, and surgeons are being informed and advised to postpone scheduled surgeries.


Patient safety is always our priority. At this time there is no indication that these issues pose a threat to patient safety.


ASPS advises patients who have concerns about their implants to seek advice from their implanting Surgeon.

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Unregulated 'conscious sedation' for cosmetic surgery is putting lives at risk, doctors warn

Unregulated 'conscious sedation' for cosmetic surgery is putting lives at risk, doctors warn | Cosmetic Surgeons | Scoop.it

Patients who have serious cosmetic surgery such as breast augmentation and facelifts in unregulated private offices could be at risk of serious complications and even death, doctors have warned.

They have called on medical regulators to crack down in the growing practice of clinicians using so-called "conscious sedation", in which a patient is given large doses of anaesthetic but is supposed to remain awake.


The Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons has made a submission to the Medical Board of Australia calling for upper limits on the amount of anaesthetic that can be given to patients in private rooms and offices. Society president Hugh Bartholomeusz said conscious or "twilight" sedation was perfectly safe if it was given with appropriate supervision and staffing. But currently, doctors using it in their own private offices were able to do so completely unregulated, unlike those operating in hospitals or day surgery centres.

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Cosmetic surgery procedures could see cooling-off periods introduced

Cosmetic surgery procedures could see cooling-off periods introduced | Cosmetic Surgeons | Scoop.it

Anyone who is planning to spend their paycheck on cosmetic surgery you are going to have to wait, before you can get the operation.

The Medical Board of Australia has proposed new laws for all cosmetic operations.


One of the most important changes is there would be a seven-day period for all adults, where you are not allowed to have any cosmetic procedure. The patient is also required to receive all written information about the costs involved in any procedure.


Another new rule they want to introduce and implement is anyone aged under 18 would need to have a psychological assessment before having cosmetic surgery.

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Surgeons will now have to do a psychology test at patients to see if they are stable. Next to that they might not be allowed to do a few follow-up operations.

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Inappropriate use of anaesthetics

Inappropriate use of anaesthetics | Cosmetic Surgeons | Scoop.it

Probably one of the most well known cosmetic clinics in Australia is under investigation by multiple health authorities for being uncarefull with the usage of anaesthetics. They should have been too easy going in the amounts and repeats.


The ABC can show the evidence that The Cosmetic Institute (TCI) in Sydney has rendered some patients unconscious during operations, while they are only licensed to keep patients conscious or under light sedation during operations.


A group of expert surgeons from the College of Cosmetic Surgery wrote to the NSW Health Care Complaints Commission also know as the HCCC, stating it was concerning that The Cosmetic Institute was bringing patients in unnecessary risk, while it could be done different.

Top4's insight:

When you are not confident with your body, you could change it with nowadays technology, but be careful. Even tough it all might seem good, ask everything, so that you will not be surprised like in the case that happened to patients at the Cosmetic institute.


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