Popular Plastic Surgeries by Country

Most Rhinoplasty Procedures

Who wants a nose job? Iran does! According to the UK’s Daily Mail, Iranians book 7 times more rhinoplasty procedures than the US. Why? Thank magazines and Hollywood images of what they want us to believe are the hottest women and men in the world, with their perfect noses and perfect lives. The ironic part is that many of the “hottest men and women” have had nose jobs! However, the average person would not be able to detect the difference if the plastic surgeon performs the procedure correctly.

Most Breast Augmentations (includes Breast Implants)

Ever wonder which country has the most breast augmentations? Ding, ding, ding! You probably guessed it: United States. According to the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, 313, 700 breast augmentation surgeries were performed in the US. Breast augmentation includes a variety of procedures designed to enhance the breasts.

Most Liposuction and Tummy Tucks

Reports from the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery say Brazil leads the world in liposuction, but the US beats out Brazil for the number of tummy tucks, also known by actual doctors as abdominoplasty.

Most Brazilian Butt Lifts

From the same source, doctors reported 7 times more procedures performed on the derriere in Brazil than the average of any other country. The Brazilian butt lift isn’t just a clever name… it’s a lifestyle.

Interesting fact: Did you know Brazilians are eligible for tax deductions for elective plastic surgeries? Now that’s what I call having your country’s support!

Most Blepharoplasty Procedures

Of course, we can’t forget about countries such as South Korea, China, and Thailand, which lead the world in eyelid procedures. Per capita, they take the prize for the most blepharoplasty procedures, which aims to improve the appearance of the eyelids.

In East Asian countries take eyelid surgery much more seriously than others. It’s done to “Westernize” their faces as the Western countries have been known to have a large influence in many of these types of personal decisions, including fashion.

In Conclusion

In short, the US has a tremendous amount of power on the way people across the globe view themselves. This is why many tourists, visitors, and foreigners will actually fly into plastic surgeons (mainly residing in Beverly Hills) to improve the quality of their life through professional procedures.

Dr. Golshani offers a fly-in program known as destination surgery for this reason.

Burning Question: Does Sunscreen Really Work?

With Spring fast approaching (3 days from now) – I figured it would be appropriate to talk a little in depth about sunscreen’s effectiveness as temperatures are expected to rise, meaning more and more people will be heading to the beach.

The Brand You Use Matters

Sunscreen can be a life-saver. Its purpose is to protect our epidermis from the sun’s potentially harmful UV rays, which can lead to skin discoloration (the bad kind of tan), premature aging, and skin cancer. However, the degree of protection depends on which brand you use. A survey of 1000 sunscreen products proved quite varying results. In addition to sun safety, we now have to consider the health risks of our sunscreen.

 What Are Large, Credible Organizations Saying?

The Skin Cancer Foundation and the Environmental Working Group determined that 4 out of 5 sunscreen products do not protect the skin adequately, and/or contain ingredients that may affect one’s health. There is a scientific standard for these products that is often not upheld. Companies that manufacture sunscreen have developed their own system for evaluating the effectiveness of the protection their products offer. It has no basis in the actual science of these chemicals and the body.

The Environmental Working Group found they could recommend only 143 brands of the 1000 reviewed. Most are little-known brands with the classic UV blockers, zinc, and titanium.

What’s The Problem?

The troublesome ingredient with little scientific research to back up its effectiveness as sunscreen is oxybenzone. A study published in Free Radical Biology and Medicine determined that sunscreens with oxybenxone could lead to free-radical damage to the skin, which in theory can lead to skin cancer. Also, in 2003 the CDC found oxybenzone in 97% of urine samples from 2517 samples. If you go by the vitamin quality standard, that means the chemical is not working, it’s being absorbed, but if it’s being excreted, it’s not effective. Still, there is not yet enough research on actual human beings to determine if oxybenzone is a health risk, or if we just need to be applying our sunscreen more often to properly protect our skin.

What Should I Buy?

Using a broad-spectrum product should cover all the issues with chemical breakdown. As with anything, moderation is key. Our skin needs some sunshine for the best source of Vitamin D on the market; 10-15 minutes of morning sun is the gentlest. If you want more sun, old-school sunscreen with the minerals zinc and titanium seems to be the most body-friendly. Avoid the hottest part of the day if possible, and eat your antioxidant fruits for some extra sun protection. Mmmm, frozen blueberries!

Natural Ways of Reducing Dark Circles Under the Eyes

Dark discoloration of your skin under the eye, commonly referred to as dark circles, dark rings, or shadows, are not a serious kin problem, though they make you look tired, unhealthy, and older.

The skin around your eyes is the thinnest on your body. Blood traveling through capillaries near the skin surface show off as a bluish tint, and the thinner your skin, the darker the effect. While dark circles can be hereditary, they can also be caused by other things like anemia, aging, lack of sleep, hyper-pigmentation around eyes, and liver problems.

3 Natural Home Remedies to Reduce Dark Circles Under Eyes

There are some natural new age treatments for those dark discolorations, though you can also use home remedies to get rid of them. Some solutions to consider include:

Cold Compressing:

You can dab anything that is cold around your eyes to shrink blood vessels. Use iced water, an ice bag, cold milk, a frozen spoon, or anything else that is chilled and the dark circles should reduce.

Cool Cucumber:

Researchers suggest that cucumber contains multiple antioxidants, such as vitexin, cucurbitacins, isiscoparin, and orienting, as well as vitamins C and K, which help to reduce discoloration under the eyes.

Simply place chilled cucumber slices on your closed eyes for 10 minutes before rinsing it off with water to reduce the dark circles and any puffiness under your eyes. The remedy can be repeated twice a day for a week or two.

You can also use raw potato slices, tomatoes, turmeric, lemon juice, pineapple, and buttermilk to treat discoloration under eyes. They contain different nutrients with bleaching properties that provide a great remedy for dark shadows.

Almond Oil:

Application of a little almond oil over dark circles and massaging it gently before going to bed can help fade under-eye circles, and then wash it off in the morning with cold water. Vitamin E oil can also be used to treat the delicate skin around your eyes.

Avoid Dehydrating Your Skin

Using too much salt in food, drinking too much alcohol, and smoking can dry and weaken the skin on your face by pulling water out of your skin. If you can’t stop, drink water before going to bed and use moisturizers with vitamin C and other essential antioxidants that help support collagen under the eyes.

Lastly, UV radiation from the sun is very dangerous to your skin, so you should consider applying sunscreen every day to prevent dark circles from forming.

Post Op Weight Gain After Tummy Tuck: Should I Be Worried?

The key to long-lasting results relies on dedication to looking slim.

So you decided to get a tummy tuck, and everything went smoothly, literally and figuratively. Great! Congratulations! Getting your body the way you want it is not only a confidence booster, it’s… well it’s pretty much just a confidence booster. Let’s be honest. What it can do is give you a viable shortcut to what looks like good health, but if you don’t properly maintain your food intake and stress and hormone levels, you could gain weight in the very area you’ve just “lost”.

“It’s Not a Cure All”

Dr. Daniel Golshani, a Double Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, agrees that weight gain is always a possibility, tummy tuck or no tummy tuck. And abdominoplasty is not a cure-all.

He mentions that “we have fat cells superficial to the abdominal wall and inside the abdominal cavity. Weight gain will stretch the skin and will stretch the muscles to allow for the fat cells to grow, so you lose the benefit of the muscle and skin tightening.”

Thinking Long Term…

With this in mind, tummy tuck patients have little to worry about if they plan to incorporate a solid lifestyle of exercise and healthy eating. Over-eating or falling back into poor lifestyle runs you the risk of losing that muscle and skin tightening effect you paid for. You can incorporate moderate exercise and start retraining those abdominal muscles roughly 6 weeks of recovery. Prior to that, walking and light exercise, such as elliptical or cycling is safe to start just a week after surgery.

There’s one positive aspect of weight gain after abdominoplasty, but men don’t apply. Women can, and should, gain weight if they become pregnant post-tummy tuck. If this happens, women can have a completely normal pregnancy and the tummy tuck procedure, if done properly, should not affect the quality or term in any way.

That being said, tummy tuck results can be permanent, with no weight gain, but it’s up to you!