On behalf of myself and the staff at Conkright Aesthetics, I want to thank you for your support and confidence in my practice. I want to personally let you know that health and well-being has and always will be our number one priority. This reminder bears repeating in the face of any challenges and especially now given concerns posed by the coronavirus (COVID-19). To that end, I want to share some of the steps we are taking.
a. As a medical/surgical office we know how important cleanliness is and always maintain the highest standards of cleanliness. To further offer you peace of mind, we have increased the frequency of the cleaning of our office. We are applying disinfectant that is effective against coronavirus.
b. Rest assured that hand washing by me and staff is strictly followed. Hand sanitizer is available to all staff and patients. c. We are asking that all patients with upper respiratory symptoms such as cough, fever, shortness of breath to please cancel and reschedule your appointments. We advise you to call your family doctor if you have any of these symptoms. Additionally, if you have recently traveled to a country with high rates of the coronavirus or have been on a cruise please reschedule your visit for at least 14 days from the time of your visit.
d. We are fully prepared to perform all scheduled surgeries and procedures and are taking all necessary precautions to ensure your safety and well-being.
e. You can always find up-to-date and accurate information on the on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.
J.Michael Conkright, MD
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Age is Just a Number
Just how old is too old for plastic surgery? Well, thanks to modern medicine people are living longer and remaining healthier. This is allowing a new generation to turn to plastic surgery to mold the perfect bodies they've always craved: Seniors. According to the ASPS, nearly 85,000 people age 65 and older chose to enhance their appearance by going under the knife in 2010.
Seniors burnishing their golden years with help from plastic surgery shouldn't be a surprise, since they are much more active then they used to be. Many say that they want to look as good as they can for as long as they can. And why not? Why do we as a society seem to think this is even news worthy? A professor at Harvard Medical School believes the double takes arise from out cultures mixed feeling about old people actively on the prowl. " Part of our stereotype of old people is that they are social, warm and likable, but powerless and sexless". We are in the age of Viagra, which is very well accepted, but suddenly the idea of older women and men wanting to be sexually active at this age makes us uncomfortable. There should be no difference between a twenty or thirty something women wanting larger breasts and an older women wanting breasts that she doesn't have to tuck into her waistband.
Some worry the difference between the two would be the risks associated with surgery in people over 65, and if these outweigh the benefits of the procedure. Older patients may take longer to heal, and the results of plastic surgery may not last as long as in younger patients. These concerns cannot yet be addressed because the data is not yet in. What is known is that researchers found no significant differences in the instances of minor or major complications between patients whose average age was 70 and another whose average age was 57. Chronological age and psychological age are different. A person in their 70's, living a healthy active life can have no greater risks of surgery then someone in their 40's living a similar lifestyle. One the other hand someone at any age who has poor genetics and or poor health habits might not even be a candidate for plastic surgery.
The "why" is another big question. Why are the older generations choosing to enhance their looks? The reasons vary, some seniors have become widowed, or divorced and are trying to date and attract a spouse or a mate. Another might be an aging salesman, a senior, who wants to compete with younger salesman and stay in the work force longer.
No matter what the reason is for wanting plastic surgery in your golden years I believe one fit, attractive 65 year old woman said it best. " In my day, no one ever thought about breast enhancement or anything, but now days, women go out, and they would never get a second look if they show their age. I find that you have to keep up your appearance physically, even if you just want a companion or someone to ask you to dinner. That's not going to happen if don't have the figure that these geezers are looking for".
ASPS Collaborates With FDA to Establish Breast Implant Registry
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. - The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) is establishing a national registry for breast implants in collaboration with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The registry is being developed in response to reports of a rare lymphoma - Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (ALCL) - in a very small number of women with breast implants.
The ASPS and the FDA agree this extremely rare form of lymphoma is not breast cancer. Of the estimated 10 million implants worldwide, only 34 cases of ALCL have been identified since 1989.
While lymphomas can appear anywhere in the body, this condition appears in the scar tissue that forms around the breast implants. At this time, both the FDA and ASPS remain confident that breast implants are safe and effective.
"ASPS shares the FDA's commitment to patient safety, but we also want to make certain this information does not raise false alarms with our patients," Phillip Haeck, MD, ASPS President, said. "We've been down this path before. For nearly 20 years American women were denied access to their choice of breast implants because of false claims and unfounded science. We are determined this shouldn't happen again."
ASPS recommends that women with breast implants should continue their normal routine in medical care and follow-up, specifically regular self examination and mammography when appropriate. Women with breast implants should watch for changes in their breasts such as pain and swelling and contact their plastic surgeon if they have questions.
"Women who are considering breast implant surgery," Dr. Haeck said, "should do their homework to see if it is right for them. ASPS is committed to helping women make informed choices about their health care and our website plasticsurgery.org is an excellent resource."
Summer Newsletter 2011
Cosmetic Surgery Numbers
PARADE Magazine recently took a look at stats from all across America and part of their findings were in regards to Cosmetic Surgery. Below are the findings:
Top City for Cosmetic Surgery
Miami, Florida with an average of 18 plastic surgeons per 100,000 adults
Where It Happens The Most-
Nose Reshaping-->Northeast USA
Buttock Implants-->South Atlantic USA
Hair Transplant-->South Central USA
Face Lift-->West USA
Most Common Cosmetic Surgical Procedures-
*Sources: SF Plastic Surgery & Laser Center, American Society of Plastic Surgeons