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Latest Plastic Surgery Summer Trends Include Butt Lift, Mommy Makeovers

oklahoma city mommy makeoverA recent report from RealSelf was detailed in The Wall Street Journal's MarketWatch, showing that the latest trend in summer procedures centers on buttocks lifts and mommy makeovers.

RealSelf.com is the largest online presence of plastic surgery reviews, information and patient forums. Its insight into the latest developing trends in the plastic surgery world comes from online feedback, millions of user searches, comments from its many dedicated users, and detailed information from thousands of plastic surgeons worldwide.

Summer Trends Focus on Buttocks, Abdomen Procedures

One particular survey showed that the mommy makeover is rapidly gaining in popularity. A combination of a tummy tuck and breast implants, searches for this post-baby procedure have gone up 13% in the past year alone. On a ten point scale, mommy makeover patients reported the following results:

  • A four point boost in self-confidence
  • Sex life satisfaction increase of two points
  • Attractiveness boost of three points

High-tech fat reduction techniques are also hot, with Cellulaze and CoolSculpting both mentioned specifically. Advanced liposuction techniques are also seeing a marked rise in popularity. Minimally invasive laser skin rejuvenation procedures are also extremely popular, receiving high numbers of searches.

This data was also tracked geographically, with certain regions being more prone to increased interest in specific types of procedures. Florida lead the way with buttocks enhancement procedures such as the Brazilian butt lift and buttocks implants. In comparison with the national average, people in the midwest were far more likely to search for breast augmentation information. These Midwest states lead the US in breast implant interest.

Another interesting result of the RealSelf surveys was the importance of using a board-certified plastic surgeon. Patients who saw a plastic surgeon board certified in an aesthetic specialty reported satisfaction rates 15% higher than those who did not, dramatic proof that using a trusted and professional surgeon is of utmost importance.

More Fathers of the Bride Undergoing Cosmetic Surgery

Wedding season is here, and as The Daily Mail reports in a recent article, more fathers are choosing plastic surgery to get ready to walk their daughters down the aisle.

This is always a busy time of the year for plastic surgery, due to the abundance of outdoor activity. As men become more comfortable with choosing cosmetic surgical and non-surgical procedures, it is only natural that the number of men coming in to prepare for weddings increases as well.

Botox, Facial Fillers are Popular Male Wedding Procedures

This trend is embodied in the Daily Mail article through a recent plastic surgery patient named Tim Colucci, who went in to get some facial treatment this summer for his facial creases. In his words, "I'm starting to see some creases and extra wrinkles that weren't there before. I want to look as good as I did ten years ago for my other daughter's wedding."

Colucci sought help from Dr. Steven L. Davis, a New Jersey plastic surgeon, who said that fathers coming in before weddings is becoming more and more common.

Dr. Davis stated that wedding season is one of his busiest times of the year. "Wedding seasons nowadays are like Christmas or a New Years,' he said. 'That's how crazy it's become."

Colucci was unsure which procedures in particular he wanted when he went into Dr. Davis' office. After discussing the merits of several procedures, he chose to receive Botox and a facial filler.

"It's my baby... and I want to do it right," he said. "[There will be] a lot of people, a lot of eyes."

Other popular procedures for fathers of the bride include liposuction, chin augmentation, face lifts and male breast reduction. 

The final result pleased Colucci. "This is fantastic, the crease is gone!" he said. "I like the way it looks, I'm happy."

Drainless Tummy Tuck

In the last 5 years abdominoplasty has taken on a different dimension in that there has been seismic shift to less invasive techniques. In my practice we feel that results are even better and more natural with these approaches.

Combining liposuction of the upper and lower abdomen and by including liposuction of waist and hip regions along with the excess skin removal and central muscle tightening more natural results are achievable.

In this technique the tissue planes are left intact after tumescent liposuction. Hematoma and seroma formation are much less likely to occur. This also reduces the necessity for including drains. The smaller liposuction incisions are left open to drain the tumescent fluid used in the liposuction.

Liposuction of the abdomen lets the tissue planes slide more easily and therefore the amount of undermining of the lateral and upper abdomen is reduced. This helps also to reduce the discomfort post surgery and recovery time is shortened.

This new abdominoplasty technique produces excellent results in patients who have the need for fat reduction. A few years ago many surgeons were skeptical of incorporating liposuction with abdominplasty because of the fear that blood supply to the skin would be compromised. Those issues have been resolved with the use of smaller cannulas and other techniques.

Occasionally some physicians will perform this surgery with total local anesthesia similar to the total tumescent liposuction procedure. Although this is not common some physicians feel it gives much quicker recovery.

Finding Miami Actresses Without Breast Implants Proves Difficult

According to a recent article in The Miami Herald, the producers of Magic City, a 1950s-era period TV show on the Starz Network, had trouble casting actresses and extras from Miami that have not received breast enhancement.

As the most popular surgical cosmetic procedure in the US, breast augmentation was performed over 300,000 times last year. Rhinoplasty was second, with around 250,000 procedures. According to a report mentioned in the article, Miami has had the third highest percentages of cosmetic surgery per capita in the US, with breast augmentation, liposuction and tummy tucks all popular procedures. As a result, when the Starz Network put out a casting notice for full-figured women who had not had breast augmentation, they experienced significant difficulty.

Soaring Popularity of Breast Augmentation Makes Natural Casting Difficult

Magic City, a period drama set in 1959, was filmed on a soundstage near Miami International Airport.

One casting notice sent by the production crew to the women of South Florida stated the obvious: “GIRLS HAD FULLER FIGURES BACK THEN. SO NO SKINNY MODELS. ALL-NATURAL — NO PLASTIC SURGERY/BREAST IMPLANTS.”

It got so difficult that local extras casting director Bill Marinella said he had to go all out, "finding people on the beach and literally walking up to them on the street and saying, ‘Hey, you look like you’re right out of The Great Gatsby.’"

Other productions have run into similar issues. Producers had difficulty finding natural actresses to play the mermaids in the latest Pirates of the Caribbean installment as well, noting that they certainly didn't have breast surgeries in the 1700s.

The Magic City crew was eventually able to find enough actresses and extras to finish production, searching high and low in burlesque clubs and out of the way places. In Marinella's words, looking in “little pockets that are very little heard of, off the main street path, where we find all these amazing figures and bodies, and that’s what we did for Magic City.”

Increasing Popularity of the New 'Daddy Do-Over' Procedure

A press release recently released through the The Wall Street Journal's MarketWatch states that one of the recent plastic surgery trends among men is the combination of a male breast reduction and a tummy tuck. The press release refers to this male version of the mommy makeover as a "daddy do-over."

While men may not experience a direct physical change as a result of having a baby, it does become more difficult to stay in shape. The dramatic lifestyle changes of raising children can have a significant physical effect on men as well through stress and changes in routine. More and more men are turning to plastic surgery procedures to help them manage these changes along with diet and exercise.

Daddy Do-Over Procedure Gaining Popularity

Men are having more plastic surgery now than ever. In 2011, over 800,000 cosmetic procedures were performed on men, about 9% of the total. Many of these procedures were either of the two surgeries used in the Daddy Do-Over.

Male breast reduction is one of the two surgeries in the Daddy Do-Over. This procedure treats gynecomastia, or enlarged male breasts, a surprisingly common condition that affects up to 60% of the male population at some level. Over 18,000 of these surgeries were performed in 2011, and it is consistently one of the five most common cosmetic surgeries for men each year.

The tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is the other procedure involved in the Daddy Do-over. This procedure involves the removal of a band of fat and skin from around the stomach and the tightening of the abdominal wall. This procedure is far more popular in women, with women receiving over 95% of all tummy tuck procedures.

The tummy tuck is also a part of the standard mommy makeover procedure, which often also includes a breast lift or breast augmentation. Other procedures that may be a part of the mommy makeover include liposuction, labiaplasty and a thigh lift.