If you've ever believed the myth that breast implants must be replaced every 10 years, take a look at these photos.
This 81-year-old RealSelf community member has had the same silicone gel breast implants for 55 years. She got them in Okinawa, Japan in 1957 -- 5 years before the first implants were placed in the United States.READ MORE
Want a chin implant with that diploma? Evidently, cosmetic surgery is becoming an increasingly popular graduation gift for young people. The New Jersey News Room reports that the rate of rhinoplasties and breast surgeries among teenagers has increased significantly in the past several years, particularly around graduation. In fact, Dr. Franklin Rose says that the number of appointments he has quadruples during graduation season.READ MORE
For the past four years we’ve held the position that board-certification in a cosmetic medicine specialty matters for patient safety and satisfaction. Now, we’re thrilled to share that data from our community backs this up.
“Our data indicates that the highest degrees of satisfaction and most reliable outcomes occur when patients are in the hands of physicians with proven and documented training in cosmetic surgery procedures,” says CEO Tom Seery.READ MORE
Ten years ago prepping for a walk down the aisle might mean a diet, manicure, and hair-do. But today, brides are turning to medical professionals for help looking picture-perfect on their big day.
When brides-to-be ask the RealSelf doctors for advice on pre-wedding cosmetic procedures, the answers share a similar theme -- plan ahead. Depending on what you want to have done, you may need months to recover before the actual day.READ MORE
Look out, Juvederm and Restalyne, there’s a new filler on the block. Belotero, which has already been approved for use in several European countries, recently received FDA approval for the United States as well. As the latest product in a growing market of fillers, here’s what you need to know:READ MORE
Florida government is aiming to make liposuction safer for their residents. Following new legislation recently signed by Governor Rick Scott, most liposuction will need to be performed in licensed hospitals or surgery centers. By licensing the surgery locations, the hope is to have state inspections ensure that life-saving medical equipment is readily accessible should something go wrong.
Liposuction was the most popular elective surgical procedure of 2011, and 71% of reviewers say that it's "Worth It." But it's probable the law is a response to over a dozen recent liposuction-related fatalities in the state. USA Today profiled three Floridian women who died after botched lipo procedures from un-certified doctors. “It’s all about people doing a job they’re not qualified to do,” said Florida state Senator Eleanor Sobel.READ MORE
An new technique to disguise balding has men headed to the tattoo parlor, so to speak. HIS Hair Clinics uses tattooing to mimic the appearance of closely buzzed hair.
Can you tell where the hair ends and the tattoo begins?READ MORE
If you've ever been curious about your options for getting a shapelier backside, join our "Doc Talk" Live Chat this Wednesday, June 6.
Get your questions answered in real time as Atlanta plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Jimerson discusses the latest techniques for butt enhancement - from Brazilian Butt Lifts to fat transfer to implants.READ MORE
When you see an ad for a “miracle” skin cream does your rational thinking go out the window? I’m as skeptical as the next woman when it comes to the big promises of wrinkle/cellulite/tightening creams, but somehow still find myself thinking “maybe this one will actually work!” So, when we were offered to test a sample of the Mama Mio’s Get Waisted Body Shaper cream, I figured I should give it a whirl. At the very least I’d end up with softer skin!READ MORE
I grew up with a doctor-father who made me apply sunscreen by the book to protect my skin. Wait 30 minutes before sun or water. Reapply every two hours. Wear hats at the beach. Imagine my surprise ten years later when he's preparing for a trip to Fiji and is suddenly tan before he leaves.
"It's a base tan," he said. "My skin is so pale from winter -- this way I won't burn on our first day in Fiji."READ MORE
Talk about a transformation! Did you recognize Jennifer Holliday on this week's American Idol finale? Known for her Tony-winning role as Effie White in Dreamgirls, the once 400lb singer looked radiant inside and out while belting out her signature song with Idol runner-up Jessica Sanchez.
Holliday had some serious lows after the highs of Dreamgirls fame. Though her weight was an asset for the "too fat for TV" role of Effie, it limited the rest of her life. So, she decided to have gastric bypass.READ MORE
If there's a holiday RealSelf should definitely celebrate, it's National Sunscreen Day on May 27. Anytime someone asks our doctor community how to prevent wrinkles and other signs of aging, their #1 tip is to wear sunscreen daily.
Unfortunately avoiding UV damage isn't always as simple as "my moisturizer has SPF 15." To help you avoid the risks of too much exposure, we turned to dermatologist Dr. Susan Van Dyke and the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) to bring you these 7 facts about proper sun protection.READ MORE
The injectable filler Macrolane has been banned for breast enhancement in the UK. Once making headlines as the "Lunchtime Boob Job" or the "Boob Jab", there was a lot of excitement about this non-surgical breast enlargement. Now health and safety concerns have prompted officials to revoke approval of the procedure.READ MORE
If you're looking for a non-surgical way to rejuvenate your face, the options can be overwhelming. You have to consider price, pain, recovery, etc., and on top of that, sift through the marketing jargon for all of the devices.
But there's one factor that's tough to research: which procedure will take the most years off your appearance?READ MORE
We love keeping you up-to-date with the latest and greatest stories from our community and industry, which is why we're thrilled to announce the release of the inaugural RealSelf.com Medi-Beauty Trend Report.
This seasonal report sheds light on what’s hot and what’s not in the $20 billion world of prescription-strength beauty. Insights are uncovered based on millions of searches performed on our site each month, combined with insider information from community members who have had procedures done, and the expert doctors who perform them.READ MORE
Browsing through RealSelf reviews, you’ll see a lot of patients referring to their doctors not just as surgeons, but artists. With that in mind, it’s not that much of a leap to turn plastic surgery into literal art – you know, the kind of art you hang in a museum or gallery. That’s precisely what photographer Phil Toledano, perhaps better known simply as Mr. Toledano, did in his collection “A New Kind of Beauty”.READ MORE
Tonight RealSelf is hosting our second "Doc Talk" Live Chat -- this time it's all about the Mommy Makeover.
We've written a lot about Mommy Makeovers recently, so we'll keep this short:
Led by Seattle plastic surgeon Dr. Shahram Salemy, tonight's webinar will discuss the ins and outs of this increasingly popular procedure. Learn who is the best candidate, what surgeries are involved, and what to expect during recovery.READ MORE
Today the preferred method of hair restoration is Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) -- a process in which thousands of grafts -- each containing a follicular unit -- are individually transplanted from the back or sides of the head to the balding area.
But what if someone is balding in front, and only has thin and sparse hair on the rest of their head? A large amount of grafting may be too noticeable on the donor site, and/or not provide substantial coverage in the bald areas.READ MORE
In case you don't spend all your time following the happenings of the plastic surgery world, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons has created a lovely news wrap-up of some of this year's top stories.READ MORE
Many women who struggle with weight gain and body distortion after childbirth are turning to surgery to get their pre-baby bodies when diet and exercise aren't enough. The increasingly popular "mommy makeovers" typically include a tummy tuck and breast implants and/or lift. As media pressure increases to go from baby bump to bombshell almost immediately, some moms are scheduling this procedure not long after childbirth -- but is it safe?READ MORE
It's only just become commonplace enough to be the subject of talk shows, but variations of what we now call plastic surgery have been around for centuries.
Did you know that in ancient India, a doctor used part of the cheek to reconstruct the chopped off noses of ex-criminals? Rhinoplasty has come a long way...
Look back in time with this infographic of the ancient origins of plastic surgery:READ MORE
When someone asked the RealSelf doctors about the possibility stem cell breast reconstruction, many said that it was a very distant and uncertain reality. Fast forward 3 years and actress Suzanne Somers is now the happy face of this treatment -- which has so far been successful for her.READ MORE
During pregnancy, women gain weight and experience a slew of skin and hair changes -- all things that could make a non-pregnant woman run to the nearest salon or medi-spa. But with baby-safety in mind, women are not supposed to dye their hair, get mani/pedis, or any other chemical-based cosmetic treatment.
Thankfully plastic surgeon Dr. Thomas Jeneby has created a solution for one of these issues. It's a vitamin C-based facial peel, and it has become increasingly popular for expecting Texans.READ MORE
“If I don't get Smart lipo does that mean I'm dumb? If my surgeon recommends Slim lipo does that mean he/she isn't a "Pro"? It truly is a ridiculous situation we have come to with regard to liposuction and the number of people trying to cash in on America's desire to be rid of its collective fat,” says plastic surgeon Dr. Armando Soto.
With so many forms of liposuction on the market, how do you know which procedure is the right one for you? Here are 5 important things to keep in mind when choosing a liposuction procedure:READ MORE
The beauty industry has been abuzz since Cellulaze was FDA approved in February as the latest cellulite-fighting procedure. It had a full-page feature in Marie Claire magazine, and has been featured on The Doctors and news programs on NBC, ABC, CBS and FOX.
But no matter how drastic the results, it's hard to believe what you see and hear from a talk-show patient on a segment that looks suspiciously pay-for-play. So, we've rounded up comments from the Cellulaze reviews on RealSelf so you can see what everyday people who spent their own money have to say about it (hint: so far, 100% say the procedure is Worth It).READ MORE
Ultherapy was one of the fastest growing procedures on RealSelf last year. But what is it, and why is there such an interest? Here's a round-up of all you need to know about this latest trend in skin rejuvenation.
Dr. Michael A. Persky of Los Angeles gives a thorough explanation: “Ultherapy… is the only FDA approved device for both tightening and lifting of the muscles and skin of the face and neck… [it] uses ultrasound to heat the muscles and skin to create both deep and superficial collagen production.”READ MORE
It seems there's good news on the horizon for the hundreds of thousands of breast cancer sufferers out there. Research at two separate universities is giving breast implants a bigger vision. Instead of merely plumping our busts, there will be implants designed with a whole new triple-D in mind: detect, deter, and destroy cancer cells.READ MORE
What was the most common cosmetic procedure of 2011? Has it changed since 2010? Were patients happy with the results? Click through to find out in an infographic from Aristocrat Plastic Surgery and Medspa.READ MORE
It looks like a thick Band-Aid, but ScarAway is a silicone scar sheet.
According to manufacturers, this sheet is supposed to “minimize formation of new scars and shrink, flatten, and fades new and old scars.” Well, I’m not the world’s most graceful person (except when I’m flying), which means I certainly have more than my fair share of scars.
So, I put the sheet to the test to see if ScarAway lives up to its promise.READ MORE