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Perfect Pairings Wine Tasting Event

Join us September 14th for an evening of "perfect pairings".  Wine & hors d'oeuvres, Juverderm & Botox Cosmetic, Elastiderm & Latisse, Microdermabrasions & Decolletage. The list is endless, PLUS, all of our skin care products and Aesthetic procedures will be 20% off.

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".

“Live Beautifully on YOUR terms” Cosmetic surgery Financing

As multiple market trends and growing technology merge plastic surgery practices are experiencing a dramatic transformation. Three of the most significant trends currently effecting cosmetic procedures are: Interest in cosmetic surgery is broadening to a more economically diverse patient base. Although more people are interested in cosmetic procedures than ever before, cost is still the primary reason many do not move forward with procedures or even seek a consultation. Financing programs help patients put their goals within their reach. Social acceptance and media coverage of cosmetic procedures has dramatically increased public awareness. More and more people are seeking consultations and inquiring about cosmetic surgery. The aging Baby Boomer generation is leading the demand. More patient request for repeat cosmetic procedures are making revolving lines of credit a very convenient financial resource for patients to get what they want NOW and in the future.

Finance companies help you afford the procedures you want with financing that’s quick, easy and user friendly. Monthly payments can be attractively low.

Conkright Aesthetics offers, Visa, MasterCard and Discover, as well as CareCredit, MedicalFinancing.com, and a 0% MasterCard with Fifth Third Bank for qualified applicants. Options are flexible, 3-6-12 months same as cash programs to financing for less than perfect credit. There is NO PATIENT LEFT BEHIND!! Options are designed for you at a rate you can afford.

The look and feel of confidence can be a reality. Financing offers you the freedom to develop your new look easily efficiently and confidentially.

All financial information provided is strictly confidential. Loans with instant credit decisions are available. Your dreams of “Living Beautifully” may be just a phone call away!

Men Fuel Rebound in Plastic Surgery

Plastic surgery is not just for females anymore.  Our society places a high value on looking young and fit, and today, because of this men of all ages and all walks of life are requesting plastic surgery for cosmetic reasons.  Yes, the vast majority of cosmetic surgery is still performed on women,however,  in 2010 men underwent  more then 1.1 million cosmetic procedures.   This is a 2% increase form 2009, with 15% of all plastic surgery cases being performed on men.  Here is a list of the top ten fastest-growing male cosmetic procedures:

  1. Facelift -- 14% Increase
  2. Ear Surgery (Otoplasty) -- 11% Increase
  3. Soft Tissue Fillers -- 10% Increase
  4. Botulinum Toxin Type A -- 9% Increase
  5. Liposuction -- 7% Increase
  6. Breast Reduction in Men -- 6% Increase
  7. Eyelid Surgery -- 4% Increase
  8. Dermabrasion -- 4% Increase
  9. Laser Hair Removal -- 4% Increase
  10. Laser Treatment of Leg Veins -- 4% Increase

As you can see, face-lifts for men rose 14 percent, and Botox injections increased 9 percent.  Face-lifts are on the rise among male patients 55 and older, and their reasoning for wanting this procedure differ.  Many men say they do not look as young as they feel, and they want to change that. Most men who watch what they eat, like to take active, outdoors vacations, visit the gym regularly,  generally think of themselves as fit and energetic, until they look in the mirror. Men are looking to correct facial features such as sagging chins, wrinkles and droopy eyelids, not saying that they want to look 20 years younger, they just want to look like they feel.  Another reason men are having cosmetic surgery is to be more competitive in the workplace.  Modern medicine has made them healthier, feeling that they have hit their professional prime and want to work into their 70's, and when they look in the mirror they want to see that vitality.  The continued desire to work, gives them the financial means to afford the surgery, and as the recession loosens its grip up a bit, many men are investing in themselves.

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."

New Fall Hair Trend?

 

Here at Dr. Conkright's office the majority of the people coming in and out the door are women and everyone who works here is a woman, minus Dr. Conkright of course.  As you can imagine one thing always on our mind is BEAUTY.  An aspect of beauty that is discussed quite often is that of hair.  We are either not happy with the way our hair looks one particular day, our hair color turned out horendous, or our latest haircut is just not doing it for us.  I can't believe it, but summer is already coming to a close.  We are looking ahead at all the fall styles regarding fashion, make-up, and hair.  You see it all over the boutiques, malls, magazines, etc.

Recently Vanessa Hudgens was photographed on set of an upcoming movie project sporting a short new hairdo.  Possible new fall hair trend?  We were all curious whether this was a wig or if she really did chop off her long, beautiful locks.  Turns out, she cut off all her hair!  Not only that, she did it herself.  All of us here at the office are in agreement that this is one hairstyle that is a big no-no.  One of those she will look back on and wonder, why?  You know you can relate....we all can.  We all have had that moment of "oh no, what did i get myself into with this unbelievably awful haircut".  Her latest style has aged her years and as she put it makes her look like a "soccer mom".  Vanessa is a beautiful young actress and that will not change.  Thank goodness hair grows (or in Hollywood life, hair extensions).  Sorry Vanessa, but when it comes to my new fall hairdo, this is one I will NOT be asking for.

-Stefanie-