Selfies: Truth or Funhouse Mirror?

Snapping selfies may be negatively affecting self-esteem, because while smartphone cameras are relatively advanced, the images they produce distort how you look, according to researchers at Rutgers University.

The researchers are concerned that this distortion may be causing people to see flaws that are not there.

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Beyond Cosmetics: Plastic Surgery for Burn Scars

When most people think about plastic surgery, they think about procedures such as lip injections, Botox, breast implants and other aesthetic or anti-aging procedures. They likely do not think about plastic surgery being used to restore form and function to the damaged skin and tissue of individuals who have suffered serious burns.

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Will Photo Filters Mean the End of the Face-Lift?

Women in the U.K. are skipping plastic surgery and opting for social media filters instead, according to research from the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

In its annual statistics, the organization reported that there were 28,315 cosmetic surgical procedures in 2017, an almost 8 percent decrease compared to 2016. Face-lift procedures for women alone dropped 44 percent.

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Seniors Seeking Plastic Surgery Procedures More Than Ever

Television personality Megyn Kelly found out earlier this year that actress Jane Fonda does not shy away from the spotlight – until asked about plastic surgery.

On her show, Megyn Kelly Today, Kelly pressed Fonda to discuss her plastic surgery procedures. Fonda staunchly refused to discuss the topic, instead steering the conversation to her upcoming film.

Although Fonda chose not to discuss her plastic surgery past, many seniors are talking about and choosing to undergo plastic surgery.

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'Boob Goggles' Give Patients a New View Before Surgery

New virtual reality goggles are giving potential plastic surgery patients a glimpse of what they would look like with breast implants, according to the U.K.’s The Mirror. The ground-breaking technology, dubbed "boob goggles," launched in England earlier this year. The virtual reality goggles allow patients to view themselves with different-sized breast implants using simulation.

Patients who have used the technology say seeing their simulated image helped to quell nervousness and anxiety before their surgery. The users also felt that their simulated image matched their post-op results.

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The 411 on Fat Transfers

Staying up to date and informed about new and exciting plastic surgery procedures is an important part of Dr. Peterson’s practice. One such exciting procedure is fat transfers, which have increased by 13 percent since 2016, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Fat transfers are on the cutting edge of plastic surgery and are improving the outcomes of many plastic surgery procedures.

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Plastic Surgery May Prompt Patients to Quit Smoking

Plastic surgery can make you look like a different person, but a new study from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, says plastic surgery can also help people stop smoking. The Canadian researchers found that patients who quit smoking before their plastic surgery procedure were more likely to stop smoking for good.

Plastic surgeons frequently ask their patients to quit smoking for a minimum of two weeks before their surgery to facilitate healing and minimize the risk of complications and infection.

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Look for Licensed Providers

People searching for a plastic surgeon should look beyond social media, says a Northwestern University Study. Researchers from the university found that board-certified plastic surgeons posted only 17.8 percent of the 1.8 billion plastic surgery-related posts on Instagram.   

For Safety's Sake

The researchers investigated 21 of the most popular hashtags related to plastic surgery, including #plasticsurgery, #facelift and #liposuction.

While board-certified plastic surgeons posted only 17.8 percent of content, the remaining 82.2 percent came from otolaryngologists, dermatologists, general practitioners, general surgeons and dentists, as well as salons, spas and aestheticians.

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Study Shows Post-Surgery Selfies Improve Recovery Experience

Taking selfies helps plastic surgery patients have better recoveries, according to a new study from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.  

The Selfie Study

Published in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal, the peer-reviewed clinical publication of the ASAPS, the study found that 96.2 percent of participants who took selfies in the first few days following their procedure reported having better recovery experiences than their peers who did not snap pictures of themselves post-op.

The idea for the study developed when one of the authors, a plastic surgeon from Ohio who is also a member of the Department of Plastic Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, noticed a pattern among his patients.

He noted that when contacting patients after their procedure to check on their recovery, they would sometimes send a photograph of themselves, an image popularly known as a selfie. The surgeon then asked 57 of his patients to participate in the study that required them to send in a selfie upon leaving the recovery room and then another image within two to three days after their surgery.  

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Plastic Surgery Post-Op: What to Expect in Recovery

When researching plastic surgery, you should take the time to do a few critical things before your procedure. First find a highly qualified, board-certified, licensed plastic surgeon like Dr. Peterson to perform the surgery. Learn about the surgery and what the procedure entails. You should also learn about what to expect during the recovery from the procedure. 

There are five key points to understand about recovering from plastic surgery patients should remember:  

Bruising and swelling are going to happen. Bruising and swelling are side effects of plastic surgery and a natural part of the healing process. Swelling may also occur if you had a lot of fluid pumped into the surgical site, as in the case of tumescent liposuction. Typically, these symptoms subside within seven to 10 days but may last longer depending on the surgery or the size of the treatment area. Staying hydrated during your recovery can help flush out excess fluid and reduce swelling.

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