The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery recently released its annual plastic surgery statistics from the year before. Here are some highlights:
· There was a 6.5% increase in the total number of surgical procedures performed last year as compared to 2012. Almost 2 million procedures were performed among the core group last year
· Americans spent $12 billion on cosmetic procedures for the first time since 2008 when the recession hit
o Of that total, more than 7 billion was spent on surgical procedures and more than 5 billion was spent on nonsurgical procedures
· Lipo was the number one procedure, increasing 16% over 2012. This is in spite of the burgeoning growth of technologies such as CoolSculpting
· As previously stated, Buttock augmentation has increased 58% over last year and Labiaplasty increased 44% over last year
· Injectables are way up this year:
o Botulinum toxin, (Botox, Dysport and Xeomin): 3,381,476 in 2013 – up from 2,915,865 in 2012 – a 16% increase
o Hyaluronic acid: 1,738,999 for 2013 – up from 1,318,197 in 2012 - a 32% increase
· Aesthetic plastic surgery for men is being de-stigmatized
o Liposuction is up for men by 24% since last year alone
o Injectables for men are up 16%
o Men broke the million mark for number of procedures performed first time since 2007
There are a few surprises here. I’ve seen my personal numbers for liposuction surgery decrease, I believe due to the plethora of non-surgical liposuction alternatives out there. Although these alternatives (like Coolsculpting and Body FX) don’t have nearly the dramatic results of actual liposuction, a lot of people are having them done. With the FDA approval of the cheek filler Voluma, I expect hyaluronic acid filler injections to increase significantly in 2014, with a decrease in injections of Sculptra. I’ve found Voluma to be a very effective alternative to Sculptra and fat grafting in many patients.
Plastic surgery was definitely hot in 2013. I think the numbers will be significantly higher in 2014.
I’m sitting cramped in the window seat of an airplane, awaiting takeoff for a flight that will bring me from Detroit to Los Angeles. The large man in the middle seat has his arm draped over the arm rest, leaving me leaning and squashed against the side of the plane. I don’t know how I’m going to endure four and a half hours like this.
Then it gets worse.
He starts to talk. The stench hits me like a sledgehammer to my face.
Halitosis. Dragon Breath. Stank Mouth.
An estimated 50 million Americans suffer from bad breath. For most, it’s a problem that only rears its ugly head in limited situations, such as in the morning or after eating pungent food. But for some, halitosis is a problem that is ever-present, no matter whether they brush and floss their teeth, rinse with mouthwash, or suck on mints. Chronic bad breath can profoundly affect a person’s self-esteem and daily life, even to the extent that that person may isolate himself for fear of embarrassment.
So what causes bad breath?
Bad breath can emanate from many, many sources. Certain foods, such as garlic, can become digested, absorb into your bloodstream, travel to your lungs, and reappear as bad breath. Other contributors to halitosis include poor dental care, dry mouth, tobacco products, and certain medications and medical conditions. But what about those people who don’t have any of these contributors? Why do these millions of people still suffer from constant bad breath?
If this describes you, then it’s very likely that your bad breath is caused by bacteria living on the back of your tongue. These little critters create a foul-smelling gas (called volatile sulfur compounds) that resembles the smell of rotten eggs. Unfortunately, these bacteria usually live so far back on your tongue that brushing your tongue with a normal toothbrush can’t reach them.
Fortunately, there is a solution that appears to work for over 90% of bad breath sufferers. Here are four simple steps to hopefully curing your halitosis:
1. Rinse with a mouth wash containing chlorine dioxide. Then gargle with your tongue sticking out. Studies show that chlorine dioxide is very effective at neutralizing the stinky volatile sulfur compounds created by oral bacteria.
2. Using a specialized tongue scraper / cleaner (can be purchased at your dentist’s office or online), scrape the back of your tongue, going from back to front. It may help to pull your tongue out with the fingers of one hand and scrape with the other hand. The farther back you scrape off those little critters the more effective this will be. Rinse the tongue cleaner after each scrape.
3. Brush and floss your teeth with your regular toothpaste, taking care to brush the rest of your tongue and the inside of your mouth.
4. Consider rinsing one more time with the chlorine dioxide rinse, keeping with the instructions on the bottle.
Prior to embarking on a treatment regimen for your bad breath, make sure to check with your dentist to confirm that your halitosis doesn’t have a medical cause. Otherwise, these four simple steps can hopefully save you unnecessary embarrassment and make you a much better seat neighbor on a plane.
The following is a type of chlorine dioxide bad breath system that I hear works really well:
Sorry for the lack of updates recently. I’ve been hard at work updating my YouTube page. It’s been sadly ignored for the most part these past few years. Well, no longer! It’s now chock full of plastic surgery-related videos and TV appearances, dating all the way back to my debut on “Dr. 90210.” I’ve included nearly all of my clips from “Rachael Ray” and other programs. Check it out when you get a chance. It’s hours and hours of entertainment, with a little bit of education thrown in there, too.
According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, there was a 58% increase in buttock enhancement surgery in 2013 compared to the year before. This operation had the largest gains of all cosmetic procedures for the year.
So why are so many Americans undergoing surgery to enhance their derrieres?
I believe the answer lies with the media, both broadcast and social. Plastic surgeons are seeing more and more women who want the backsides of various stars. While I don’t hear Jennifer Lopez’s name much anymore, other stars with ample behinds have taken her place.
Ratings for her reality show may be declining, but Kim Kardashian is still the poster child for a large and shapely backside. In fact, a recent butt selfie (also known as a “belfie”) on Instagram went viral with over 1 million admirers “liking” it. Beyonce’s skimpy outfit at the Grammy Awards this year displayed her well-rounded tush for all to see and admire. And Internet sensation Jen Selter’s nearly impossibly round and smooth bottom is quickly becoming the most requested rear end of all. In fact, one of my patients even dubbed it the “Eighth Wonder Of The World.”
It’s not easy to get curves like theirs. The most common type of buttock enhancement, called the “Brazilian Butt Lift,” involves liposuctioning fat from the thighs or hips, purifying it, and then re-injecting it into the buttocks.
For the rest of the article, click HERE to visit CNN.com
Who has the most famous butt in the United States? Is it Jennifer Lopez? Beyoncé? Kim Kardashian?
Fitness sensation Jen Selter must be in the running. Recently interviewed on The Doctors, Jen Selter currently has over 2.3 million followers on Instagram and almost as many on Twitter. Her washboard stomach and nearly impossibly shaped behind is becoming the envy of women everywhere.
So does Jen Selter have buttock implants? Plastic or cosmetic surgery? She denies it, and I tend to believe her. Jen Selter’s body (and specifically her booty) have undergone major changes as she has become more and more tone over the past several years. I see no obvious sign of plastic surgery. She’s just a young woman (20!) with a really, really nice figure. If I was her manager, I would be working my butt off to get an exercise video of her out there. I bet even a lot of men would buy it!
To follow Jen Selter on Instagram, click HERE.
To follow Jen Selter on Twitter, click HERE.
Set your DVR’s! I will be on The Doctor Oz Show this Wednesday, February 12th, to discuss extreme plastic surgery. I’m accompanied by Dr. Drew Pinsky, whom I met for the first time during the taping. I found Dr. Drew to be a very nice, genuine guy. Very likeable and down-to-earth.
I’ll post a link to the segment on Dr. Oz’s website once it becomes available!
This is from today’s Bethenny show. The woman interviewed here was profiled on TLC’s My Strange Addiction and has breasts that are “one cup short of a gallon” on each side. And somehow she’s found a cosmetic or plastic surgeon who has agreed to make them even bigger! Who does that??
The biggest commercially available, non-custom breast implants are 800cc. This is compared to a gallon, which is almost 3800 cc. Reality star Heidi Montag had 700 cc implants placed. The average implant size I insert is between 350-375 cc.
I wish the show would have posted the rest of addiction specialist Dr. Mike Dow’s comments. I would have loved to hear what he had to say to her!
The Bethenny Show had a very interesting series of segments this past Wednesday on Extreme Plastic Surgery. They interviewed a plastic surgery enthusiast, who was previously seen on the TLC special Plastic Wives, and a woman who regretted her previous plastic surgery. They also brought up the question of how young is too young for breast implants?
Below is the first clip from the show. You can catch the other ones on her site HERE.
What do you think about this subject? Do you think Frances is overdone? Although I think Frances looks overdone, her counterpart Shae comes across as a spiteful, judgemental person. Live and let live, Shae!
Thank you to the Rachael Ray Show for having me return!
We’ve had lots of inquiries about how to buy Adonia Legtone Serum and try it for themselves. Below is a link to purchase this cellulite cream on Amazon.com:
Tune in this Tuesday when I return to the Rachael Ray Show to show how you can use simple ingredients from your refrigerator to make you look younger! These tips can take off the years for just pennies. Here is the preview from the Rachael Ray Show website:
Smart shopping and a clever fridge strategy could help you fatten your pockets while slimming your middle! Organizational whiz Peter Walsh gives Rachael his tips for keeping your refrigerator in tip top shape and Rach gives us the scoop on making the most of the food in your fridge. Then, no need to go under the knife, plastic surgeon Dr. Anthony Youn is in the kitchen to show us the foods that combat the signs of aging. And, Rachael whips up a batch of Spaghetti that tastes good and is good for you!
To watch a streaming video preview of the episode, click HERE to open up her site.
This is a truly bizarre story. Former New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner’s ex-sexting partner, Sydney Leathers, has just placed her actual labia for auction on eBay, with bids starting at $1000. Leathers recently underwent labiaplasty surgery by a Los Angeles plastic surgeon, and by the sounds of it, requested that she keep her labia to sell. Gross!
If you are interested in getting a “piece of history,” you can check out her auction at eBay HERE. Warning: the auction photo shows the snipped off skin in a specimen cup.
I occasionally have patients ask to keep their breast implants that I’ve taken out of them. One patient even sold her old implants at auction for over $20,000. That said, I’ve never had a patient request to take actual tissue home with her or him. That would just be too strange for me. Reminds me of the Governor in the Walking Dead.
Are all of the Kardashian / Jenner clan having plastic surgery? It looks like it to me! I recently commented on surprising photos for Radar Online, showing what appears to be a nose job (rhinoplasty) for Kim and lip injections for Kendall Jenner. You can read my comments and see the photos on Radar Online HERE and HERE.
I wish you a warm and very merry Christmas. Thank you for being a reader of my blog, whether you’re a friend, patient, acquaintance, or a distant reader from a faraway land. I hope your holidays are filled with happiness.
More plastic surgery news and views to come very soon…
This one is hilarious. Check out this local news story where a woman claims that making funny, extreme facial expressions (and sounds) can smooth your wrinkles and tighten your face. No, I don’t buy this one at all. If anything, I believe that making some of the faces she recommends can worsen wrinkles, as these expressions can cause the muscles of facial expression to be stronger. It’s the exact opposite of Botox, which smooths wrinkles by weakening muscles. I’d love to see her ‘before-and-afters.’
This is from my latest article from CNN.com that went viral. A lot of comments on this one, mainly from people who disagree with some of the things I wrote!
A young man in his 20s — let’s call him George — sits across from me in the exam room.
“Dr. Youn,” he says, “I have man boobs.”
I notice a not-so-unfamiliar smell wafting from his body. It’s the same odor that floated my way during a rock concert I recently attended.
“How long have you had a problem with this, George?”
“Hard to say. But it seems to have gotten worse over the past year or so.”
“George, the first thing you need to do is stop smoking pot. Marijuana could be causing your man boobs.”
Gynecomastia, otherwise known as man boobs (or moobs for short), is a condition that affects approximately 33% to 41% of men between the ages of 25 and 45. It’s even more common during puberty, affecting 60% of 14-year-old boys. Interestingly, it also affects 55% to 60% of men aged 50 and older.
Although most cases of gynecomastia resolve spontaneously within a few months to a few years, in 2012 nearly 23,000 people underwent surgery to correct the condition. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), it was the fifth-most common cosmetic surgery in men.
Gynecomastia is caused by a hormone imbalance between testosterone and estrogen. When the ratio between testosterone and estrogen tips in favor of estrogen, the body responds by creating excessive breast tissue. Hence, man boobs.
Animal studies have shown that exposure to the active ingredient in marijuana can result in a decrease in testosterone levels, a reduction of testicular size, and abnormalities in the form and function of sperm.
In humans, the effects of marijuana on testosterone and estrogen levels aren’t as clear. Lower testosterone levels have been reported in chronic marijuana users compared to nonusers, but not all studies support this.
To read the rest of the article, visit the page on CNN.com HERE!
This is an interesting segment from local CBS News about a website called MyFreeImplants.com. They interview a patient of mine who used this website to have her breast implants paid for. No, the site isn’t a hoax, although the idea behind it is pretty… out there.
This is a very common procedure in men, but few celebs have actually admitted to it. Singer Robbie Williams has admitted to undergoing a hair transplant surgery. From Sky News:
“I’ve lived in LA for a long time and they say, ‘If you sit in a barber’s shop for long enough you’ll get a hair cut’.
“Well, if you live in Los Angeles for long enough you’re going to get some surgery.
“I’ve had a thatch done, I’ll tell everyone now. I didn’t even need it, that’s the weirdest thing. I had like three months off and got bored so thought, I’ll go in.”
The star, who has recently been sporting a Pepe Le Pew-style streak in his hair, indicated the hair had been enhanced around the front of his hairline, rather than all over.
“I just got some at the sides and front done,” Williams revealed whilst filming the Graham Norton Show.
I don’t routinely perform hair transplant surgery, but have performed it numerous times in the past. Today, the most up-to-date technique is follicular unit extraction (FUE) which creates the tiniest scars and is usually performed with the Neograft system. Instead of doctors cutting a strip of scalp from the back of your head, he or she harvests the hairs one follicle at a time, leaving scars that can be virtually imperceptible. If you are thinking about hair transplant, it’s probably a good idea to look into this method.