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The New FrontEAR of Plastic Surgery

 When people think about plastic surgery, the first procedure type that comes to mind is likely not going to involve the earlobe, but earlobes are in according to the fashion publication. Earlobes are the newest frontier in plastic surgery, according to Vogue magazine. 

People are opting to have dermal fillers injected into their earlobe to plump up this small segment of skin, and demand for the procedure is growing. This is because the earlobe, like the rest of the skin, can sag. While gravity usually spares the earlobes, individuals who have worn heavy, dangling earrings for many years often experience noticeable earlobe elongation.

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Is Mesh the Best Method of Lifting the Buttocks?

A new ‘internal Spanx’ buttock procedure is promising patients long lasting results to redefine their derrieres.

Lifting the Buttocks from the Inside Out with Mesh

This new procedure has been pioneered by Dr. Ricardo Ribeiro, the man behind the Brazilian Butt Lift procedure. Ribeiro lives in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, and designed this new ‘internal Spanx’ procedure to combine plastic surgery and internal shapewear.

The Brazilian Butt Lift uses a patient’s own fat to lift and reshape their buttocks. The patient’s fat is collected through liposuction and then reintroduced into the patient’s backside. The procedure involves minimal incisions and is often done under local anesthesia.

This new buttock surgery involves the insertion of a specialized elastic mesh into the buttocks. This specialized mesh is intended to reshape, lift and smooth the backside from the inside out.

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Sagging Eyelids May Be Saying You're Older than You Are

Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, is one of the most common cosmetic surgery procedures performed in the United States each year. In 2016, there were 209,020 eyelid procedures performed- an increase of two percent from 2015. Dr. Peterson performs the eyelid procedure as a standalone surgery, but many patients choose to have their eyelids done in conjunction with other facial surgeries.

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After Weight Loss Plastic Surgery Can Help Reveal Your New Shape

Plastic surgery after significant weight loss helps to eliminate excess skin and fat that is left behind after losing a large amount of weight. This extra tissue can sag and droop in several areas, leaving you with a misshapen appearance. Dr. Peterson performs after weight loss plastic surgery to reduce this skin and give you a shapelier appearance.

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Celebrities: Posters for Plastic Surgery

Fox News reported recently that a Texas woman has undergone eight plastic surgery procedures in order to look like First Lady Melania Trump. While this may seem a little bit drastic, wanting to look like a famous person or celebrity is not at all uncommon. Many men and women that come to Dr. Peterson for plastic surgery or aesthetic procedures get their inspiration for their desired procedures from movies, magazines, and following social media streams of famous people.

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Potential New Scar Treatment Smooths Out Scars

A new product, known as the "Smart Scar-Care Pad" has potential to be a saving grace in preventing scars. The scar treatment was designed by a Cecelia Li-Tsang, a professor at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. The pad was designed to reduce the appearance of raised scars and improve the elasticity of damaged skin. This a major benefit for patients who have undergone serious trauma, like those caused by burns, accidents or surgeries.

Li-Tsang’s patch won the Grand Award and Gold Medal with the Congratulations of Jury at the 45th International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva this year. Although the product has great benefits to treating patients with raised scars, researchers at the school also think it has the potential to open up research to treat patients with any kind of scarring- even acne scars.

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Outside In: Belly Button Surgery On the Rise

It’s not uncommon to hear about plastic surgery, because plenty of people get work done. Breast augmentations, tummy tucks and even lip reductions are popular plastic surgery procedures in the United States, but now patients are looking to have plastic surgery on their belly buttons.

Umbilicoplasty is the New Plastic Surgery on the Rise
There is an increasing trend of patients who want to have umbilicoplasty surgery, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Despite its growth in popularity, the ASPS does not track how belly button surgeries are performed each year, but some of the organization's members report performing the procedure three to four times a week- if not more in some warm weather regions.

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Get the Chiseled Look with a Chin Implant

 Chin up! Or should we say chin implants are up? Chin implants are up 60 percent over 2015 according to the the Centre of Advanced Facial Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery in London. The rate of chin implants isn’t just up in the UK, it’s also up in the US. There were 13,197 chin implant procedures performed in the United States in 2016, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Peterson performs the chin implant on patients looking to get that chiseled chin appearance.

The chin implant is an excellent option for patients that have a recessed chin, often referred to as a weak chin. A weak or recessed chin is one that does not project proportionally to the rest of the face. Although historically the procedure has been popular in patients over the age of 40, younger patients are seeking the procedure at a faster rate. 

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Sick of Squats?

 Squat all you want, if you’re looking to give your booty a boost, you may want to consider a surgical buttock lift. The butt lift procedure improves the appearance of the buttocks by removing excess or sagging buttock and thigh skin and tissue that occurs because of aging or genetics. Some patients who have experienced a significant amount of weight loss often also experience sagging and drooping of their derriere. Dr. Peterson performs the surgical butt and thigh lift procedures on patients who are looking to tone their tush.

The buttocks can be a hard to tone area mainly because they, along with the stomach, are spots that usually store fat. For some individuals, it doesn’t matter how much they work out, they have a large amount of stubborn fat covering their gluteus maximus muscles, the main muscles that lend to a shapely behind. For these folks, it doesn’t matter how many squats they do, they will never see the results they want.

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Get a Helping Hand: Fight Hand Aging with Dermal Fillers

 Time can take its toll on our bodies. As we age, skin quality changes as collagen production slows down, fine lines begin to appear, and things start to droop and sag, including our hands. What do your hands say about you? If your hands are saying you are older than you are, you may want to talk to Dr. Peterson about how you can help make your hands look more youthful with Radiesse.

How Do Hands Age
Hands start to age when the rest of starts aging- which is our early twenties. It’s true. The early twenties are when the fat that fills out our hands and faces begins to break down. This continues as we age and eventually leaves our skin sagging. When it happens in the hands, it makes our handles look bony. Veins and joints are more pronounced, too.

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Acne Scars Don't Have to be Permanent

 Most people have struggled with acne at some point in their lives – whether as a teenager or as an adult. Most people have also been faced with acne scars that remain long after the blemish fades. Acne can leave emotional scars on many patients, too. Many patients feel self-conscious or embarrassed about the state of their skin. Dr. Peterson offers patients several skin rejuvenating treatments to erase acne scarring and leave skin smooth.

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Male Plastic Surgery is On The Rise

 When you think about the people who get plastic surgery, the first group that likely comes to mind is probably women. While women do indeed make up the majority of plastic surgery patients, the number of men choosing plastic surgery is on the rise. As a matter of fact, the rate of male plastic surgery procedures has increased over three hundred percent since 1997 to a total of almost ten million procedures performed in 2015. Dr. Peterson has seen an increase in men seeking plastic surgery and nonsurgical aesthetic options such as fillers or Botox.

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Tummy Tucks - When You Should Wait

Plastic surgeons performed over 127,000 tummy tucks in 2015, making it the fifth most popular plastic surgery procedure in the United States. Tummy tucks, known medically as abdominoplasty, involve the surgical removal of fat deposits and extra skin from the abdominal area and result in a flatter, trimmer look. Dr. Peterson meets with many patients every year to talk about tummy tucks and to determine whether or not they are a candidate for this surgery.

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The Number of Men Seeking Cosmetic Procedures On the Rise

The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reports that more men than ever before are asking their doctors for cosmetic injectables. One particular procedure on the rise is the injectable, botulinum toxin, known popularly as Botox, Dysport and Xeomin.

The number of men getting this cosmetic injectable reached 453, 281 in 2016 and represented 9.9 percent of the total number of procedures for men and women last year. Statistics provided by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons showed a 15 percent increase in male botulinum injections since 2000.

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Lip Reductions May Be the New Norm

Between 2000 and 2016, lip procedures to plump up pouts increased by 50 percent, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. New trends show that some patients are looking to take their lips in a new direction as lip reduction surgery is on the rise.

Lip reduction surgery involves the removal of skin from the lips from the area known as the vermillion border. The vermillion border is the edge of the lip that is between the lip and normal skin above or below the lip. The skin of the lip has less keratin than the rest of the skin, and as a result has a pink or red appearance. In some individuals, the vermillion border is very red, while in others it is very pink.

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Plastic vs Cosmetic Surgeon: What's the difference?

It seems like every year we hear about several cases of cosmetic surgery or aesthetic procedures gone wrong. Recently, a Dallas woman was convicted of murder after she administered injections of industrial-grade silicone to another woman in order to lift and reshape the victim’s buttocks. The injected silicone, which is used for construction and other home repair projects, was not approved for use in plastic surgery or any other medical treatment. Eventually, the silicone made its way to the victim’s lungs causing respiratory failure and death. Procedures like this and many others are performed around the country each year and can lead to poor final results and severe health complications- including death. Dr. Peterson is a board certified plastic surgeon and encourages all patients who are looking for plastic or aesthetic procedures to seek out board-certified physicians to ensure that their procedures are done by a physician with the proper training, credentialing and safety education. 

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Changing the Face of Aging: How Facelifts Alter Appearance

A recent study by Johns Hopkins University showed that women who have undergone facelift surgery not only appear younger, but also more attractive, more successful and healthier to other people. The study also shows that women who have had a facelift often also get out of traffic tickets or have more favorable court decision compared to their peers who have not had facial surgery.  

Study findings also showed that women who have had facelifts were more likely to be offered a job or be elected to political office more readily than before their surgeries. The study is thought to be the largest of its kind, and used 483 individuals to rate the appearance of 13 women before and after their facelift surgeries by viewing their photographs online.  

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Beauty Before Age: Why Millennials are Undergoing Plastic Surgery

The face of plastic surgery is getting younger, according to information from the American Academy for Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. The most recent statistics from the AAFPRS show that 64 percent of facial plastic surgeons saw an increase in millennial patients in the last few years.

The millennial generation has beat out the baby boomers as the largest generational group in the United States. Millennials number 75.4 million people, born between 1982 and 2004.

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Beyond the Breast Boost

For years, many breast augmentation patients were told that they had to have their implants removed and replaced every ten years to safeguard against wear and tear. While some patients are as dedicated to changing their implants as they are to changing their oil, not all patients have to have this surgical maintenance on such a strict schedule. 

Patients that need to have maintenance removal and replacement surgery typically have experienced a situation that would prompt such surgery. Typical situations include a leaking saline implant or the rupture of a silicone gel implant, the buildup of scar tissue in which the body forms a physical scar tissue barrier between the implant and the body, or the implant simply no longer looks good.

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You Don't Have to Live with Stretch Marks

Many people relate stretch marks to a side effect of pregnancy, but the truth is that any time the skin is stretched beyond its normal capacity, stretch marks develop. Some people get stretch marks as a result of rapid growth, extreme weight gain or from developing muscles lifting weights or body building. Some very lucky individuals experience fading of their stretch marks over time, but the majority of those who suffer these telltale stripes this is not the case. There is hope for treating stretch marks, however. This hope is called the SkinPen.

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