Twitter dishes up another round of cosmetic surgery humor this week - here are our fave picks!
Earlier this week, the story broke on the charitable donation of plastic surgery (otoplasty, to be specific) to a 14-year-old victim of bullying, and presented the two-fold question: What is an appropriate age for plastic surgery? And, is it a long-term solution to bullying? With the topic prominently back in the news, we resurfaced this post from a few months ago, discussing the rise of plastic surgery for youth, and want to hear your thoughts on the issue.
If you've tried every fad diet and exercise to smooth your stomach, and still aren't seeing results, you may be considering a visit to a plastic surgeon. You’re not alone. There are many problems that plague the midsection—and just as many solutions. The question is, which is right for you?
Here’s a rundown of six common tummy troubles, and a surgical or non-invasive option for each.
Some wrinkles may make you feel unhappy, but the worst wrinkles will make you look it. Downturned lines beside the lips, caused by a combination of aging and genetics, can give even the happiest of people the appearance of a constant frown.
According to Detroit plastic surgeon Dr. Anthony Youn, there is a surgical option to literally turn that frown upside-down. As he demonstrated on The Doctors, a procedure called the “grin lift” can do the trick.
Injectable dermal fillers like Juvederm, Restylane, Sculptra, and Radiesse aren't just for your face anymore. While these treatments that add volume and hydrate the skin are still great for smoothing facial wrinkles, erasing acne scars, and plumping up lips, plastic surgeons are finding even more uses for injected skin sculpting.
With celebrities like Madonna, Kylie Minogue, and Nicole Kidman rumored to have work done on their cheeks, having pillowy cheeks is a growing trend. For that reason, a lot of people are turning to plastic surgeons to attain fuller or more defined cheeks.
Unhappy with his “flat” face, James15 asked what could be done to make his cheeks appear more angular, and the doctors responded with a few options.
You may have heard the term “vaginal rejuvenation” being bandied about in the media—but what does this polite, seemingly innocuous term really mean? What actually happens down there?
We're here to shed a little light into the dark—er, recesses of vaginal rejuvenation, so you know what to expect when you ask your doc to restore your nether regions.
Most of us judge our own appearance by what we see reflected in the mirror -- though we all know that can be misleading. Heck, I've got a "favorite" mirror because it makes me look slimmer than the others! But, what if you could see yourself from another person's point of view?
RealSelf community member electric is one of few people who's had that chance -- and she didn't like what she saw.
Dermatologist Dr. Jeanine Downie of image Dermatology P.C., appeared on the TODAY show this morning to unveil the latest dermatological treatments turning heads. We were lucky enough to chat with Dr. Downie beforehand to get her take on few of the spotlight treatments:
Don’t look now, but the United States may be losing its reputation as the nation most obsessed with plastic surgery. Sure, the United States still has the most cosmetic procedures performed overall, but when you account for the population size of each country, the USA only ranks #6.
Can you recall the last time you saw a hair loss treatment marketed towards women? Plenty of ladies see dramatic hair thinning and recession as they age, but mainstream beauty media never talks about it.
Ladies, if you are uncomfortable with thinning hair, know that you are not alone. And, you have options just like men do (aside from tattooing, probably). Just take a look at these women who all opted for hair transplants:
It's not always easy tracking down funny (and appropriate!) tweets in this industry, but this was an exceptionally good week for them -- take a look!
Never agree to plastic surgery if the doctor's office is full of portraits by Picasso.
— Lathika Bongnino (@LeticiaBongnino) July 19, 2012
In 2010, reality television star Heidi Montag made headlines when she underwent 10 plastic surgery procedures in a single day. Over a 10-hour period, Heidi had a mini brow lift, Botox, a nose job revision, fat injections in her cheeks, neck liposuction, a chin reduction, otoplasty, breast augmentation revision, waist, buttock augmentation, and lipo in the waist, hip, and thigh.
One surgery of any kind poses its own health risks, so we were curious: is it safe to have all that surgery at once?
As a lady who’s talked about plastic surgery for quite some time, I can tell you firsthand that breast implants are often stereotyped as making a woman's breasts look “like rocks” or “porn star” boobs. The truth is, that’s not the case. Just peek at the 3,000+ before and after photos on RealSelf! You’ll see that most women opt for an implant that fits their body frame. In fact, some of the most popular questions around implants are which size and style will look the most natural.
That being said, there are a handful of women out there who go into their surgeon’s office and request “porn star boobs.” They’re not necessarily in the porn business; they just enjoy the obviously-augmented look.
RealSelf community member minden18 wants to know: “Can you inject Botox and filler at the same time in the same place?” Our doctors say: “yes!”
Botox and fillers like Juvederm or Restylane are often mistaken for one another, but they reverse wrinkles in different ways. Botox is a muscle relaxant that helps to ease facial lines, while fillers literally “fill” wrinkles by adding volume to an area. Their differences mean that they can work together for optimum wrinkle reversal.
People who opt for plastic surgery are sometimes accused of having body dysmorphic disorder (BDD). But is that really the case? Does wanting to change something about your body mean you have BDD?
BDD affects approximately 1% of Americans. Those afflicted with it have severe body image issues and fixate on their physical flaws. Typically, these “flaws” are minuscule or imagined by the person with BDD altogether. Nonetheless, the condition is enough to cripple individuals’ self-esteem and push them into isolation so that others do not see what they believe is an imperfect appearance.
Want a bigger bust without surgery? Kristen Stewart may have the answer: a push-up bra. We know, that's not a surprise to any of you, but apparently it is to some celebrity reporters.
Stewart started a blog firestorm this week by showing up a San Diego Comic-Con with what appeared to be an enlarged bustline. A few plastic surgeons told Hollywood Life that the previously un-endowed star definitely had breast implants (in their opinion -- none of them treated her). However, fans quickly pointed out that Kristen has previously spoken out against plastic surgery, and say her new look appears to be the result of a good push-up bra.
A new study from the University of Pittsburgh found that alcohol abuse increased among patients within two years of gastric bypass surgery.
There have been previous smaller reports of alcohol problems post-bariatric surgery, but according to the LA Times this is the largest of its kind -- nearly 2,000 patients were followed for the two year period.
We recently spoke with Dr. Paul Nassif, of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, to find out what's hot in the Hollywood beauty business. One treatment that always peaks our interest is the highly publicized Vampire Facelift, and it turns out Dr. Nassif does a lot of them.
Check out his video, and then read on for a Q&A with him:
You know what they say about people with large tongues… Well, actually, you probably don’t. I didn’t, anyway. When I saw RealSelf community member pmh1978 ask whether his self-described big tongue would interfere with his braces, I figured, “Of course not.” But it turns out that dentists know the kind of damage a large tongue can do.
We know what you're thinking: a shot WHERE? That's right, there really are people getting shots in their G-Spots to improve sexual satisfaction.
We've seen a few questions come into RealSelf about this off-label use of injectables. But, what really got us talking (and awkwardly laughing) was trying to figure out exactly how one would get an injection in that area.
Lucky for us, plastic surgeon Dr. Otto Joseph Placik had already laid out a pretty thorough description of the process. Normally we'd sum it up for you, but the entire explanation is so fascinating we had to share it all.
For every celebrity like Kate Winslet who vows to never get plastic surgery, there is another who voices his/her support for it, like Sofia Vergara. While the most famous supporters have already been under the knife, plenty of other stars have said they are open to having work done down the road.
The pressure of pitching in the major leagues is enough to make anyone sweat, but for Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Vance Worley, it’s especially a problem. “I sweat a lot,” Worley admits, acknowledging that his wet hands negatively affect his pitching. Perhaps this contender for baseball’s Rookie of the Year could have been a victor had he learned a secret the RealSelf community knows: Botox injections can reduce sweating.
There wasn't a lot of celebrity buzz this week, so instead, we bring you this very resourceful woman:
Chrissy Lance, 37, is panhandling for breast implant money. Her sign reads "NOT HOMELESS, NEED BOOBS," and she said she made $46 in two hours (the bikini and motorcycle probably help...).
Summer weather means shorts, which requires showing off those legs -- a thought that can incite terror for some people. Unfortunately, no matter how many squats or lunges one does, fat pockets and saggy skin around the knees can be as persistent as cellulite, driving some to the doctor for a way to take care of it.
If you’re knee-insecure, here’s what you need to know about the options that can make summer clothes a little more bearable:
Olivia Wilde has a hair-owing history with her eyebrows. It began when she was just five years old, and she shaved her face—including her unsuspecting brows—with her father's razor. It left her looking “like an alien without eyebrows.”
Since then, she's experienced mounting problems with brow grooming. “In my mid-teens, I plucked them to create that sexy Kate Moss arch,” she told ABC News. “I regret it because it damaged my follicles, and now it's hard for me to grow thick, bushy brows.”
Olivia no longer plucks. But if she's looking for thicker brows, there's hope for her—and every woman whose brows are skimpier than they'd like. If you're tired of penciling them in every morning, there are now some more permanent solutions for thicker brows.
When "amazing" new beauty treatments are displayed on national talk shows, viewers usually join one of two camps: 1) OMG AMAZING I WANT IT, or 2) Yeah, right. There's no way it could work that well.
That's where we come in. The RealSelf community tells is like it is when they write reviews, and they're already buzzing about Liposonix, the latest futuristically named fat reduction procedure. So far, 85% of reviewers say that Liposonix Worth It.
At what point do cosmetic procedures go too far?
New York podiatrist Dr. Oliver Zong told Good Morning America that he is seeing more and more patients who ask for surgery to slim their toes.
They profile E.R., an anonymous patient of Dr. Zong. "I always had issues with [his fat right big toe]," said E.R. "It was one of those things that you're just not comfortable with and try to hide it." So, Dr. Zong shaved off fat and bone to reduce its size.
The Twitterverse has plenty to say about cosmetic procedures, so we've rounded up some of the best that made us smile this week.
Ok, that's it. Either someone needs to buy me an at-home liposuction machine or I'm getting on Craig's List and buying tapeworms. #Obese— Autumn Wolfer (@ImAnAutumn) July 9, 2012