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Worried about your job? Get a facelift

Despite a still shaky economy, the number of men getting plastic surgery is on the rise, according to numbers released Monday by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

One factor that might be fueling the growth: Older men trying to hold onto their jobs.

"I hear it from my patients, men in their 50s ... they are confessing to me they need it to stay competitive in the workplace," said Dr. Phil Haeck, a Seattle plastic surgeon and president of the group that released the study. "In a recession economy, the pressure is on doubly to look younger."

Haeck said the trend he has observed is reflected in the statistics released by his organization: The number of men getting facelifts surged 14 percent in 2010 compared with 2009, Botox usage increased 9 percent and liposuction rose 7 percent.

The increasing number of plastic surgeries could serve as an economic bellwether. More than 5 million reconstructive plastic surgery procedures were performed last year, up 2 percent. The increase mirrors the rise in consumer confidence throughout most of 2010.

"There's some pent-up demand for cosmetic surgical procedures," Haeck said. "People have waited a couple of years or more to have procedures, until their finances were at least somewhat back in order."

The top cosmetic surgical procedures conducted on men in 2010:

  1. Nose reshaping: 64,000
  2. Eyelid Surgery: 31,000
  3. Liposuction:  24,000
  4. Breast reduction: 18,000
  5. Hair transplantation: 13,000

The top minimally invasive cosmetic procedures for men:

  1. Botox: 337,000
  2. Laser hair removal: 165,000
  3. Microdermabrasion: 158,000
  4. Chemical peel: 90,000
  5. Soft-tissue fillers: 78,000

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Spring 2011 Fashion Trends

Warmer weather is upon us, those cold winter days are gone, BRING ON THE NEW SPRING FASHIONS!!!! Every  season trends evolve, and every season new trends merge. Spring 2011 is no different, however, this seasons take on many wardrobe staples will be different.

Spring fashion begins with the ever comfortable maxi dress, it goes SHEER. Makes sure you have the proper undergarments ladies, and make this work for you.   Lace, Crochet, and macrame have evolved as well. No, they are not new, but they influence Spring 2011 with a more classic side, high quality antique-style fabrics make this trend key.  Less of the allover look.  Stretch lace with a more unique take makes it work. Bell bottoms and wide leg pants have returned. I know, who would have guessed? With skinny jeans and pants now so common they no longer make a statement it was inevitable that this style would comeback.  Before you try to rock this style, experiment with different fits and flares. We don't want you to look like Gumby walking around.

For every trend that exists an opposite must appear. So by allowing the previously mentions flares back into our wardrobe, so to does it allow for the opposite style, in the form of Capri Pants.  Capri pants that sit just above the ankles with a slight crop and come in with the skinny fit are one of the hottest cuts of the year.  The relaxed comfort fit that sits just below the mid-calf are also hot. the slim cut capri pants that sit just above the ankle with a few rolls can also be a great item to integrate into your daily look.

Tail Hems? They have been seen as an alternative to the summer mini skirt or maxi dress for sometime now.  There are numerous ways this trend is being worn.  A simple hem cut at an angle,  the more traditional petal hem(where the fabric overlaps in the front like petals of a flower), a hem that's cut from very short to very long-i.e mini to maxi,  and a hem that falls into large drapes or pleats at the back.  Any of these different styles is suited to springs 2011 trends.

Last, but certainly not least STRIPES. Stripes are the pattern of the spring season. But these are not your average stripes. Designers have given us many options this season. Which one best suits you?  Seaside stripes, inspired by nautical flags and designs are ready for a day by the sea.  Retrograde stripes in bright spring colors show a tinge of '70s spirit.  The Skinny, an allover skinny stripe pattern is a little bit mod, a little bit pirate. Sportif stripes, these strong geometric stripes are sportswear at its best.  Easy tees, for fans of the striped tee, update with a pop of yellow this season.  The Strait Up stripe.  Do vertical stripes really make you look taller?  You'll have plenty of chances to test the theory come spring.

No matter what trend you decide to sport this season, remember, NEVER try to combine too many trends into the same outfit.  Keep it simple, spring and summer allow for many opportunities to show off just how chic your really are.

Danielle

The Rapid Recovery Breast Augmentation

The Rapid Recovery Breast Augmentation

Much has been made recently of the 24 hour, fast, quick or rapid recovery breast augmentation. In fact, this is nothing new. Since 2004 most of our patients have been returning to their normal activities within 24 hours of surgery and to work within a day or two after surgery.

A “24 hour” recovery depends on the patient’s attitude and compliance with directions, the surgeon’s skill, and the patient’s desires. Exercises to relax the tissues, use of the medications for pain (if needed), and Dr. Conkright’s very gentle surgical technique are all part of the equation.

It is very important to follow your pre-operative and post-operative instructions. OUR instructions are available and printable on our website. A one hour appointment is set up 1-2 weeks before your surgery to meet with me and make sure all plans are made for the upcoming surgery and all of your questions are answered, photographs are made and informed consent signed. Printed instructions are gone over carefully. Size and goals are established at the consultation appointment, reiterated at the pre-op conference and gone over one last time with Dr. Conkright just prior to surgery.

Dr. Conkright’s surgical technique is truly state of the art! Meticulous methods that reduce the swelling, bruising and post-operative pain are used. His artistry based on a diverse surgical skill set and experience renders predictable results and fewer complications. A soft sports bra is worn for 3-4 weeks after surgery. Most patients have returned to normal activities in a few days and strenuous activities in a few weeks. No limitation of arm or body movement is required. Ibuprofen and muscle relaxants are used to control soreness.

A typical post-operative breast augmentation patient remark is: “I had no problems at all after surgery”, “I went out to dinner/lunch the day after surgery”, “I did laundry when I got home after surgery”, “ I only took pain medication the day of surgery”, or my favorite, “It was a piece of cake”.

 

YOUR individual pain tolerance, motivation, and ability to follow instructions will affect your recovery.
REMEMBER:
Do set realistic goals
Do adopt a positive attitude, follow instructions, and get moving early.

Don’t try to outthink your surgeon!
Don’t follow your friend’s post-operative instructions.

Breast Augmentation with saline or silicone breast implants is a safe procedure to enhance or restore the breast to a more satisfying size or shape. Dr. Conkright uses both saline and silicone breast implants. Board Certified, with well over 5,000 augmentations to his credit, Dr. Conkright is a very important variable in the equation to render 24 hour or quick recovery BREAST AUGMENTATION!

 

 

 

 

Rapid Recovery Breast Augmentation Patient Before and After

Martha Hahus

Clinical Nurse Coordinator

J Michael Conkright, MD 1987-Present

Plastic Surgery up 5% in 2010

American Society of Plastic Surgeons Reports Annual Statistics

For Immediate Release: February 07, 2011

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. - As the U.S. economy pulls out of the recession, so are nips, tucks and lifts. According to statistics released today by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), 13.1 million cosmetic plastic surgery procedures, including those that are minimally-invasive or surgical, were performed in the United States in 2010, up 5 percent from 2009. In addition, more than 5.3 million reconstructive plastic surgery procedures were performed last year, up 2 percent. The increase in cosmetic plastic surgery mirrors the rise in consumer confidence throughout most of 2010.

"The economy is showing signs of improvement and, financially, things are a little better for people this year," said ASPS President Phillip Haeck, MD. "The financial markets are at a two year high, we're seeing a double digit increase in the percentage of auto sales over a year ago, and as the aging population continues to grow, people are investing in plastic surgery procedures to help stay competitive in the workplace. The growth in cosmetic plastic surgery procedures is multi-factorial."

Cosmetic surgical procedures increased 2 percent, with nearly 1.6 million procedures in 2010. The top five surgical procedures were:

• Breast augmentation (296,000)
• Nose reshaping (252,000)
• Eyelid surgery (209,000)
• Liposuction (203,000)
• Tummy tuck (116,000)

Interestingly, in what might be viewed as a trend toward more than minimally-invasive procedures, facelifts rose 9 percent in 2010, with nearly 113,000 procedures. Facelifts have not experienced growth since 2007. Breast augmentations increased 2 percent, with silicone implants being used in 60 percent of all breast augmentations. All surgical body contouring procedures, i.e., breast lifts (90,000 procedures, up 3 percent), lower body lifts (10,000 procedures, up 9 percent), upper arm lifts (15,000 procedures, up 5 percent), and thigh lifts (9,000 procedures, up 8 percent), experienced growth in 2010. A substantial amount of those procedures are being requested following massive weight loss.

"There's some pent up demand for cosmetic surgical procedures," said Dr. Haeck. "People have waited a couple of years or more to have procedures, until their finances were at least somewhat back in order. But, all indications are, more consumers are again willing to spend more to look better."

Cosmetic minimally-invasive procedures increased 5 percent, with nearly 11.6 million procedures in 2010. The top five minimally-invasive procedures were:

• Botulinum toxin type A (5.4 million)
• Soft tissue fillers (1.8 million)
• Chemical peel (1.1 million)
• Laser hair removal (938,000)
• Microdermabrasion (825,000)

"Injectables have remained robust despite the economy," said Dr. Haeck. "Botox® and Dysport® injections are up 12 percent, while, interestingly, fat injections are up 14 percent, which could reflect how a patient's own fat is being used in more creative ways to rejuvenate the face and body."

Reconstructive plastic surgery, which improves function and appearance to abnormal structures, increased 2 percent in 2010. The top five reconstructive procedures were:

• Tumor removal (4 million)
• Laceration repair (357,000)
• Scar revision (161,000)
• Hand surgery (106,000)
• Breast reconstruction (93,000)

Breast reconstruction is up 8 percent in 2010 and is new to the top five reconstructive procedures. It replaces maxillofacial surgery.

"It's been a major goal of the ASPS to increase women's awareness of their breast reconstruction options, so much so that in 2009 the ASPS started a breast reconstruction public education campaign," said Dr. Haeck. "It's great that we can report that this procedure is now among the top five reconstructive procedures."

ASPS procedural statistics are collected through the first online national database for plastic surgery procedures, Tracking Operations and Outcome for Plastic Surgeons (TOPS). This data, combined with the annual survey sent to American Board of Medical Specialties certified physicians most likely to perform these procedures, results in the most comprehensive census on plastic surgery.

A Letter from Dr. Conkright

“Breast Implant Safety”

Breast implants have been in constant use since the 1960’s.Since that time they have been continuously studied, tested, and improved.Their use has provided many significant benefits for women.Breast implants have made it possible for surgeons to restore women disfigured by breast cancer, giving them a chance to be whole again.They are used to correct congenital deformities of the breast and to restore otherwise normal breasts damaged by the effects of age and pregnancy. Numerous studies have documented the wonderful benefits that breast implants have made possible for women of all ages. The satisfaction ratio among patients has been extremely high!

Benefits are always weighed against risks, and surgeons and implant manufactures always consider safety. Breast implants are among the most intensely and thoroughly studied medical devices in existence with thousands of peer-reviewed and published reports on studies including robust epidemiological studies supporting their safe use. In January of this year, as part of their ongoing research, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requested the aid of healthcare providers and implant manufacturers in evaluation of an extremely rare form of lymphoma. Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (ALCL) is known to occur in 1 in 500,000 women in any given year in the United States. This is among all women (not necessarily having implants) and total only about 300 cases a year. The mortality rate among this group of women is very low.In the 55 years that breast implants have been in use, a maximum of 60 women were identified who were found to have a relatively benign form of ALCL that occurred in the scar tissue around a breast implant.Most of these women presented with localized breast complaints developing years after their surgery.Note that this is not a form of breast cancer. The majority of these women were treated with implant and or scar capsule removal. There were no reported mortalities.

The recent FDA preliminary findings and analysis report noted a “possible” association between anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL) and breast implants.

The report notes:

-ALCL is extremely rare… may have a very small but increased risk of developing this disease in the scar capsule adjacent to the implant. Based on available information it is not possible to confirm with statistical certainty that breast implants cause ALCL. At this time, data appears to indicate that the incidence of ALCL is very low, even in breast implant patients.

-ALCL in women with breast implants is a very rare condition; when it occurs, it has been identified most frequently in patients undergoing implant revision operations for late onset persistent seroma. The FDA does not recommend prophylactic breast implant removal in patients without symptoms or other abnormalities. Because the risk of ALCL appears very small, the FDA believes that the totality of evidence contains to support a reasonable assurance that FDA-approved breast implants are safe and effective when used as labeled.”

Statistical Perspective

The FDA has identified a maximum of 60 cases of possible breast implant related ALCL throughout the entire world.These cases have been reported over a span of 25-40 yrs.The total number of implant patients worldwide is estimated to be as many as 10 million.This data suggests that if there is an association then the reported incidences could be 1 case of ALCL/166,667 implant patients.

-contrast the fact that 1 in 9 women will develop a breast cancer in their lifetime. Approximately 3 in 100 million women per year are diagnosed with ALCL of the breast.

-In my home of Vanderburgh County the yearly breast cancer ratio is 834/174,729 per population.

The chance of dying in a motor vehicle accident is 10/100,000 per year.

Consider that a plastic surgeon performing one breast implant surgery every working day would have to work for 750 years to see a case of breast related ALCL. These statistics suggest that this connection; if it exists is not of any real significance.

In Summary: I am in agreement with the FDA, The American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and The American Society for Aesthetic Surgery in the view that “Breast implants are the most studied device in medical history. As physicians, our primary commitment is providing safe and effective patient care. We share in the commitment to continued device evaluation and monitoring.”

Current Recommendations for Women: ASAPS recommends that all women including those with breast implants should follow their normal routine in medical care and follow-up, specifically regular self examination and mammography when appropriate. Any woman should watch for changes in her breasts such as pain and swelling and contact her physician if she has any questions. Further information can be found on www.breastimplantsafety.org

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