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Are the Breasts No Longer the Best?

by AmyHoldener on October 4, 2010

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Sorry, breasts, but you are no longer best. So says a recent survey by the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. (I don't know about you, but I figure any group with that many multiple-syllable words in its name must know what it's talking about.) In August, ISAPS released its inaugural account of which cosmetic procedures were performed the most across the globe. The survey included information from 25 countries. (I'll give you one guess as to which nation had the most tweaked, needled and "lifted" population. Hint: It begins with United and ends with States.) It's no real surprise that Americans topped the list of countries. What did shock some were the numbers associated with breast augmentation. Once considered the most-sought-after plastic surgery in the world, its title has been literally sucked up by a cannula-wielding colleague. Liposuction, with a healthy 18.8 percent of all procedures across the globe, surpassed breast augmentation by nearly 2 percent in 2009. Here's the official tally for the top five surgical procedures as determined by ISAPS: liposuction, 18.8 percent breast augmentation, 17 percent eyelid surgery, 13.5 percent nose surgery, 9.4 percent tummy tuck, 7.3 percent Why has liposuction become so popular? The survey didn't say. (I guess ISAPS and its impressive moniker don't know everything.) The real question is, will breast augmentation someday regain its crown? Or will liposuction continue to strengthen its hold? Will America be usurped as the Plastic Surgery Capital of the World? Will Heidi Montag ever let America be usurped as the Plastic Surgery Capital of the World? Only time, and the next international survey, will tell.

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Weight-Loss Surgery – Sized Up

by Perfect Yourself Team on September 14, 2010

One in three American adults are obese, meaning that there are about 58 million obese people in America. There are many health risks associated with obesity, particularly morbid obesity, as well as a severe reduction in overall life expectancy. Being obese increases the chance of developing conditions such as, amongst others, diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels, conditions which can increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Obesity is a complex medical disorder, and contributing factors can include genetics, psychological factors and lifestyle. Bariatric surgery, otherwise known as weight-loss surgery, provides treatment for individuals with chronic weight problems, for those who have tried to lose weight but cannot, and want to maintain a new and healthy lifestyle without the health risks of obesity. The surgery reduces health risks, improves mobility, restores self-confidence and self-esteem, and improves long-term survival too. Bariatric surgery is the generalized term describing any number of surgical weight-loss procedures, which are often used in conjunction with one another for the desired effect. The two principal weight-loss surgery options are gastric band surgery, and gastric bypass surgery.

Gastric band surgery, sometimes known as ‘lap band’ surgery, involves the insertion of a ‘band’ around the stomach to decrease food intake. The procedure is very effective for surgical weight-loss, helping obese people achieve substantial and long-term weight loss. Meanwhile, gastric bypass surgery is the most common form of bariatric surgery and a highly effective weight loss surgery procedure. Through a gastric bypass, food will bypass the stomach and some of the intestine, meaning that less food is required to satisfy your appetite and fewer calories are absorbed. It is similar to gastric band surgery in that it creates a small pouch in the stomach, which is attached to part of the small intestine. This dual weight reducing effect means that – when combined with a supervised diet, increased exercise and behaviour modification – gastric bypass surgery could be the most-effective method of long-term weight loss. Following extreme weight-loss surgery, post-bariatric surgery is the general term used for the group of operations to deal with the excess skin, unwanted scars, stretch marks, residual fat and folds after massive weight loss.  The commonest procedures include a form of abdominoplasty, thigh lifts, mastopexy, arm lifts, and total body-lifts (combination of tummy tuck, outer thigh lift and bottom lift).

Despite weight-loss surgery being quite an extreme procedure, this does not stop it from being popular, even amongst celebrities; Sharon Osbourne, Aretha Franklin and American Idol judge Randy Jackson have all undergone gastric bypass surgery, and have all seen amazing results. However it is important that weight-loss surgery is a fresh start; if patients do not control their diet, exercise and general lifestyle, they will put weight back on post-surgery. American singer and television host Carnie Wilson, for example, managed to lose half her weight after weight-loss surgery, but regained a lot of weight after surgery. Formerly obese people finally feel that they have conquered their stigmas after weight-loss surgery, and the surgery is often touted as the answer to ‘permanent weight-loss’, but weight cannot be kept off permanently if patients do not take care of themselves. After weight-loss surgery, the majority of patients experience a great increase in well-being and quality of life. As they lose weight, patients become capable of more physical activity which leads to better general health and lowers the obesity-related health risks.

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Do You Want To Be Skinny?

September 8, 2010

 If you're verging on the obese and you’re also equally famous and in dire need to lose a few pounds, a handy way of doing it is surgically. Sure, you could spend a life time eating right and exercising (yawn), but sometimes a fast paced lifestyle and a crack like addiction to fast food will [...]

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Why Do People Want the All Famous “Hollywood Smile”?

August 27, 2010

Why is it that everyone is obsessing over having breathtaking teeth?
Whiter teeth mean better confidence. There is nothing worse than not being able to smile throughout the day because you’re afraid of showing you teeth. It is truly down putting to have to bite your lips instead of laughing out loud. People with bad teeth [...]

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Is Shapewear an Alternative to Cosmetic Surgery?

August 18, 2010

Made famous by Bridget Jones as she attempted to seduce her sexy boss, big knickers are back. And they don’t just cover your bum…discreet shapewear that gives you an hourglass silhouette from your thighs up to under your bust is now the well loved secret of millions of smart women who know that starving yourself [...]

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Don’t Do It Yourself – Plastic Surgery “DIY Botch jobs”

August 3, 2010

Our society’s obsession with glamorous celebrities has led to a rise in people performing DIY cosmetic surgery – and the results ain’t pretty.
Horrific stories have emerged of amateur plastic surgery attempts which have left the perpetrators scarred for life, including a nose job done with a chisel, DIY tummy tucks performed with kitchen knives, ironing [...]

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