Older Job Applicants Are Choosing Plastic Surgery to Fight Ageism in the Workplace

August 21st, 2014

Workplace discrimination against older workers is illegal, but there is a growing perception that employers prefer hiring youthful looking job candidates. What’s more, plastic surgeons are benefiting from a growing trend to undergo plastic surgery to fight ageism in the workplace. It makes sense. The job market is tight and baby boomers are beginning to show their age. Even younger workers are seeking the assistance of a plastic surgeon to remain desirable and competitive in the modern technology oriented workplace.
What can an older job seeker do to increase the odds of beating out younger job applicants? It could be a homemaker that just went through a divorce or a longtime employee that recently celebrated their 40th birthday. Plastic surgeons throughout the country are performing surgical procedures to make their patients look younger.

Plastic Surgery

Products and services designed to help people retain their youth are all over the place, including fitness centers, cosmetics, supplements and dietary plans galore. The number of Botox treatments, eyelifts and mini facelifts has increased dramatically over the past five years. More advanced plastic surgery procedures like ultherapy, an ultrasound device used by plastic surgeons to tighten facial skin, are also in demand.

The vast majority of those seeking plastic surgery to look younger are women. There is a growing perception that employers are more likely to select a younger looking job applicant. Many business owners and sales professionals are also turning to plastic surgery to increase their odds of impressing clients and customers. Although there’s a real possibility that too many or poorly performed surgical procedures can backfire, the idea that appearing old can damage one’s professional and social prospects is probably justified.

Fountain of Youth

The stereotype that older workers are undesirable is alive and well. Golden parachutes are still used to invigorate an aging workforce, and a bulging resume may not be enough to beat out a younger job candidate. It’s not fair, but young CEO’s and managers generally don’t want to hire workers that look like their mother or father. All the discrimination laws in the world can’t change the way people naturally think and react. Older workers have realized that a local plastic surgeon just might be the fountain of youth they need to land a good job.

Although older job applicants are mostly seeking subtle improvements in their appearance, nose jobs and breast implants certainly aren’t out of the question. Sagging skin and droopy eyelids can cause someone to appear less energetic than they really are. Ageism is a real phenomenon that can unnecessarily cause an employer to miss out on the life experience, reliability and mature judgment of an older worker.

Noninvasive Procedures to Enhance your Look with No Downtime

August 19th, 2014

Have you ever wanted cosmetic enhancement, but worried about the recovery time? Then you should consider some of the noninvasive procedure that now exist to help you enhance your look without spending days or weeks recovering or unable to do the things you need or want to do. Here are a few suggestions:

Liposuction Injections

As an alternative to one of cosmetic surgeries most painful procedures, medicine has created fat-dissolving injections that are designed to mimic the results of liposuction, but without the pain or lengthy recovery. These can help you get your bikini body back in time for summer and still have time for vacation. While results may vary, many people swear by these procedures.

Laser Hair Removal

Another summer favorite, laser hair removal is a more comfortable option for those who find waxing too painful or electrolysis otherwise too demanding. Almost pain-free, laser hair removal allows even the most sensitive or squeamish to have the perfect bikini line. Although imperfect in terms of instantaneous hair removal, in the long-term the results can be quite impressive.

Botox Injections

Although not as long-lasting as a surgical face-lift, Botox can definitely get the wrinkles out, taking away years of fine lines and lifting sagging skin. Best of all, the injections can be administered in less than hour and requires no recovery time. Bruising is rare, but not unheard of. The injections are typically well-tolerated and not exceedingly painful, especially compared to recovering from a surgical procedure. There are also dermal fillers that offer an alternative to a facelift like Juvederm and Radiesse. Continue reading about dermal fillers and click here.

Other Options

For those who want to experience small changes, especially ones that don’t involve recovery or discomfort, other procedures or options include, colored contact lens and sunless tanning. The first requires a visit to an eye-doctor; the second to a day spa or business specializing in the product.

Undergoing major surgery and recovery may not be for everyone, whether they have the time and resource or not. These procedures offer an alternative that will still enhance your look, but without the unpleasant aspects of invasive procedures.

How Much Does Plastic Surgery Cost?

August 15th, 2014

Have you been thinking about getting plastic surgery? Are you curious about the costs involved? As you may have noticed, many plastic surgery websites do not list pricing information. In many cases, they withhold pricing information because there are a number of factors that can affect the cost of your procedure. The exact price of a breast augmentation or tummy tuck will vary from person to person based on their unique needs and their desired outcome.
While the best way to get accurate pricing information is to schedule an appointment for an individual consultation with your plastic surgeon of choice, here is a list of the average national costs for popular cosmetic surgery procedures. These numbers are based on real information from real patients all across the United States.

Name of Procedure Average Reported Price

Body Lift $14,950
Facelift $11,000
Thigh Lift $8,775
Arm Lift $8,375
Breast Lift $8,000
Brow Lift $7,825
Tummy Tuck $7,800
Neck Lift $7,275
Rhinoplasty $6,850
Breast Augmentation $6,500
Liposuction $5,900
Breast Reduction $5,525
Gynecomastia $5,200
Smart Lipo $4,975
Eyelid Surgery $4,075
Chin Augmentation $4,025
Labiaplasty $3,950
Otoplasty $3,425
Lip Implants $2,500

How is the cost of a procedure determined?

The total cost of your procedure will include a variety of expenses such as:

- Surgeon fees. This is a fee you pay for services rendered by the doctor.

- Operating room expenses. This may include rent, staff salaries & costs associated with operating the machinery.

- Material costs. The type of procedure you are getting will determine what type of material costs you can expect.

- Anesthesia. If your procedure requires you to be unconscious, you will be responsible for costs associated with the anesthesia.

- Medication. Depending on the type of work you are having done, your surgeon may prescribe medication for you to take before or after the surgery. In some cases, patients will have to pay this upfront. Other times it may be included in the cost of the procedure.

- Medical devices. Some surgeries may require the use of post-surgical compression devices. If you are required to use one of these, the cost of the device will be added to the cost of your surgery.

Rhinoplasty: Building Confidence in Teens and Others

August 14th, 2014

Almost everyone can agree that the teen years are a tumultuous time in the life of a child. Opinions are developing, independence is growing and personalities are being formed based on life experiences. Finding ways to boost confidence can make a difference in how the teen approaches challenges throughout life.
One way that many parents are finding to help a teen’s confidence is through rhinoplasty. This surgery can be done on an outpatient basis with little recovery time. As children become teenagers, their appearance becomes more important. Teasing that they laughed through as a child suddenly because something that really matters. They worry more about what others think of them than they did before. This may cause them to shrink away from the world or hate themselves because of what is different. Often, these feelings lead to depression or suicidal thoughts or actions.

As adulthood approaches, this self-consciousness may prevent them from going after jobs they desire for fear of rejection. It may affect their interest in pursuing relationships due to feelings of inadequacy. Whether the perceived problem is an ethnic characteristic, a developmental defect or the result of a serious accident, having rhinoplasty to correct the problem before adulthood allows them to move onto the next phase of their lives with confidence. It’s a fresh start as they enter college, begin a career or head down the alter to begin a new commitment.

A lack of confidence isn’t limited to teenagers. Rhinoplasty can benefit people of all ages by correcting problems that have made people feel less-attractive. This may help an adult make a decision to go back to school to pursue a dream career. It may correct breathing problems such as snoring that lead to poor sleep and a decreased job performance. This can help with various health issues and relationships with partners.

Self-esteem is extremely important for everyone. Taking steps to ensure a person feels good about herself can make a difference in how she feels about her ability to tackle important steps in life. Weight loss, makeovers or new wardrobes are often considered as ways to boost confidence. Rhinoplasty is often overlooked as being an important tool to change something that brings heartache, disappointment and low self-esteem. The teen years may be the best time to take on such a change for the better.

For a detailed consultation about rhinoplasty, contact Dr Anand Shah at drshahplasticsurgery.com or call 210-833-7972

Breast Lift Surgery

August 14th, 2014

Defining Breast Lift:

Breast lift or ‘Mastopexy’ is a process where the excess skin is removed causing the tightening of the surrounding tissues that raises the breasts. The patients undergoing breast lift help to reshape and support the contour of breast. ‘Mastopexy’ also helps to reduce the enlarged areola. Women who undergo breast lift feel rejuvenated with the new-found figure and make her feel more youthful. Breast lift surgery does not change the size of breasts, or make it look fuller.

breast lift

Why Breast Lift:

The woman’s breasts lose the skin elasticity over a period of time causing a reduction in the youthful shape and firmness. Aging, heredity, pregnancy, breastfeeding and weight fluctuations are some of the causes that decrease the elasticity of the women’s breast.

Good Candidate for Breast lift:

Breast lift works well for the women who are physically healthy with stable weight, is a non-smoker, whose breasts has lost shape and volume, or has become flatter and/or whose nipples and areolas have pointed downward.

Procedure of Breast Lift:

The incision patterns and techniques are determined by the breast shape and size, position of the areolas, quality of the skin and the degree of sagging of breast.

The steps of techniques are as follows:

  1. Anesthesia to the patient: Patients are sedated to comfort them during the surgical procedure.
  2. Incision pattern: Any of the three patterns of incisions can be done: around the areole, around the areole and vertically down from areole, and around the areole and vertically down from breast crease and horizontally along the breast crease.
  3. Reshaping of the breasts: Once the incision is made, the doctor lifts the underlying breast tissue and reshape the breast firmness. Repositioning of both the nipple and areola must be done. In order to compensate the loss of elasticity, the excess breast skin is removed.
  4. Closing of the incisions made: To tighten the remaining skin of breast, the incisions are closed. Incisions are the permanent marks on the body that diminishes significantly over a period of time. To close the skin, sutures or skin adhesives and tapes can be used.
  5. Results of the surgery: Results can be seen almost immediately.

Risks of Breast Lift:

The risks associated with the procedure are as follows: Risks associated with anesthesia, infections, poor healing, breast asymmetry, fluid accumulation and fat-necrosis, loss of nipple or areole. There are chances of deep vein thrombosis, hematoma formation, cardiac and pulmonary complications. The risks and changes in the body associated with the breast lift must be clearly stated by the plastic surgeon to the patients.

Results of Breast Lift:

Though the results of breast lift become visible immediately, the swelling due to surgery can resolve with time. If the patient maintains correct weight and keep a healthy lifestyle, the patient can see the changes in her look.

Breast lift recovery:

The breast lift recovery and dressing or bandages is applied to the incisions once the procedure is finished. The patients are advised to wear the elastic bandage or support bra. This ensures to minimize and support the breasts so they can heal. Medications that aid in healing and reduce the chances of infection must be applied regularly.


July 29th, 2014

Liposuction is becoming one of the most popular and wide spread cosmetic surgeries in the world. For those who have tried for years to work off or diet away stubborn fat, liposuction is a great alternative. It gets rid of fat cells under the skin and repositions the skin to achieve a slimmer, more streamlined appearance that everyone desires. Not only is the current fat removed, the actual fat cells themselves are stripped away so that fat can never again accumulate in that part of the body.

Liposuction Benefits

For some people, no matter what diet they try or what exercise regimen they attempt, they cannot lose weight. This is because fat accumulation is as much a result of our genetics as it is our diet. Some people gain weight and no matter what, cannot lose it again. This is where liposuction comes in.

Not only does it give you a more pleasing appearance, it actually improves your health. Having excess weight not only takes its toll on a person’s bones and muscles, causing undue strain, it can also contribute to heart disease, cancer, and chronic conditions like diabetes.

Another major benefit of this procedure is improved self-confidence. While most people know that a winning personality is not necessarily dampened by excess weight, a slimmer appearance can help a person feel more confident.

How Does It Work?

After discussing the procedure and what areas of the body are to undergo liposuction, the patient arranges a time for surgery. Before the surgery, anesthesia will be administered and then small incisions are made in the skin. A thin tube is inserted, which is used to suction away the fat cells.

Am I a Candidate?

In order to be a candidate for liposuction, most doctors ask that you are healthy, and at a moderate weight. While liposuction is usually not a good option for patients that need to remove large amounts of fat, it may be used to remove stubborn deposits after other weight loss measures fail.

How To Select A Plastic Surgeon

July 23rd, 2014

What is the best way to go about selecting a plastic surgeon? Patients ask themselves this question on a regular basis. With such a high demand for plastic surgery, the market has become overrun by physicians who claim to be plastic surgeons and supply shoddy work that can leave clients in a worse position than when they started. So what should you look for when choosing a plastic surgeon?
looking for a plastic surgeon
First and foremost, make sure that the plastic surgeon you choose is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. In order to become certified by the board, a surgeon has to complete three years of training in general surgery, two years of training in plastic surgery, receive passing grades on comprehensive oral and written exams, and display strict adherence to medical ethics codes. The American Board of Plastic Surgery has the strict requirements of any certification board. That is why it’s crucial to select a surgeon who is board certified.

Knowing the difference between a cosmetic surgeon and a plastic surgeon is a vital distinction. Make sure that the surgeon you choose is an experienced plastic surgeon and not a moonlighting dermatologist or gynecologist. Hiring a surgeon who does not specialize in plastic surgery is how many patients end up with botched breast augmentations and nose jobs that have to be redone.

A surgeon can be certified by the board, but with a different focus, so be careful and do the proper research. Just because a physician has been board certified, it may not be the plastic surgery board, but a board for a completely separate medical concentration. If the surgeon is not certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, be very wary about selecting them.

During your initial consultation with a plastic surgeon, it is important to have them explain your procedure step by step. You will be able to tell a lot about your surgeon’s professionalism and demeanor by the amount of the time they spend with you prior to surgery. Their actions before the surgery speak volumes about the level of care they provide while the surgery is taking places and afterwards.

Avoid the temptation to bargain hunt when looking for a plastic surgeon. While getting your plastic surgery done for a lower rate may seem like a good idea, bargain basement surgery outlets are often run by business people that do not possess a strong medical background. They will employ surgeons who haven’t been certified or who have yet to complete all of their collegiate coursework.

Finally, trust your gut instincts. If you do not get a positive feeling from a surgeon during your first meeting, don’t select them. Electing to receive plastic surgery is not a choice that should be made lightly. Choosing the wrong plastic surgeon to perform your surgery is a choice you will regret for a lifetime. Don’t be afraid to take your time and shop around before selecting the surgeon who is best for you.

If you’re considering abdominoplasty…

July 21st, 2014

Many men and women go through situations where they are left with a little too much extra cushion around the belly. Things such as weight lose surgery, pregnancy or excessive weight gain that is not responding to diet or exercise often create situations in which a doctor will suggest abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck, as a last resort option for excess fat and skin removal due to unavoidable circumstances.

What Is a Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck removes excess fat and skin around the stomach and lower abdomen and restores weakened muscles in order to create a firmer abdomen. Often, even when women eat well and exercise, situations such as previous child birth, aging or prior surgery can cause the stomach to lose tone and become flabby. Men and women who have gone through weight lose procedures and are now left with excess skin will find that a tummy tuck is the next step for their weight losing process.

How Is a Tummy Tuck Performed?
During a complete abdominoplasty, the doctor will cut open the abdomen from one hipbone to the next. He will then contour the skin and muscles as is needed. The surgery will involve the belly button being moved and drainage tubes being inside the skin for several days. The entire procedure can take up to five hours. A partial or mini abdominoplasty is usually performed on individuals who contain fat deposits that are below the belly button. This procedure will not require the belly button to be moved and will take up to two hours. During both procedures, the patient will be put to sleep by general anesthesia. This will keep the patient unconscious during the entire operation so they do not feel any pain.

What are the Risks?
Every operation comes with risks. There will be pain after the procedure is complete that could last for several weeks or months. Although they are rare, complications such as infection, bleeding or blood clots can occur. A tummy tuck will leave scars and, although they will fade, they will never become completely invisible.

Through the tummy tuck procedure men and women have the chance to obtain new confidence despite unfair circumstances. Although it can sometimes seem drastic, the tummy tuck procedure is the saving grace for individuals who have tried everything to remove excess skin and fat and have nowhere else to turn.

Breast Lift: What You Need to Know

July 21st, 2014

Why Consider a Mastopexy

Many women live with breasts that are no longer attractive. Perhaps as a result of pregnancy, aging or weight loss, their breasts are no longer firm. They may be dissatisfied with the shape and look of their breasts. They might sag, or their nipples and areola are no longer pointed forward. Do you experience any of these unpleasant effects? You may want to consider a breast lift (mastopexy) as a solution.
How it Works

There is no universal surgical procedure for a breast lift. Any incisions or techniques will depend on the condition of each individual’s breasts – the size of the breasts or the amount of sagging, for example. Your plastic surgeon will determine the best way to make the incision.

Before the surgery begins, you will be put under anesthesia. Your doctor will then make an incision around the areola – there are several different incision techniques that are commonly used. After the incisions have been made, your breasts will be reshaped. They will be lifted and made firmer, the nipple and areola will be given a more youthful appearance and excessive skin will be removed.

Please note that once the breast has been repositioned and the incisions closed, there will be scars where the incisions have been made; although these will fade over time, they will not go away. Your plastic surgeon will do his best to ensure no unnecessary scarring takes place.

Should You Get a Breast Lift?

Not every woman needs a breast lift, and mastopexy is not the only breast surgery available. As you consider this surgery, consider whether some of the following apply to you:

  • The deterioration of your breast’s appearance is affecting your confidence or self-esteem
  • Your nipples and areola fall below the crest of your breasts or point to the ground
  • One breast sags beneath the other one

There are two more thoughts to bear in mind if you are contemplating a breast lift: you will have greater health risks if you smoke; major weight gain and loss after a breast lift will negate the effects of the surgery much more rapidly.

A New You

After your surgery, you will have to wear bandages and some means of support for your breasts during the recovery process. Your plastic surgeon will explain to you any physical care you may have to provide your breasts or any medicines you may have to take. Every case is different.

As mentioned earlier, there will be scars from the incision lines as well as swelling underneath the breasts. Both of these symptoms will fade, though the scars will remain. Maintaining a constant weight will help preserve your breast lift.

The good news is your breasts will be firmer and more attractive immediately after surgery. You will look younger and fuller than you have in years, and you can enjoy the satisfaction of having firm, youthful breasts.


July 18th, 2014

If you’re thinking about rhinoplasty, remember that it isn’t the end all be all solution. Rhinoplasty is becoming more common, especially among young people today as teens strive to have the ideal body image. Those who are vulnerable to bullying or have poor self-esteem are likely to pursue plastic surgery as a remedy. However, changing one’s appearance will not fix all of life’s troubles. If you don’t feel good about yourself and love yourself, chances are nothing will change that emotional weakness. You need a strong foundation. Rhinoplasty should not be the quick fix that will make you perfect. Take a good look at yourself and think about your reasons for doing it before you go ahead with any type of plastic surgery.
When Rhinoplasty is a Good Idea
Rhinoplasty can be advised for a host of reasons. You might have problems with your sinuses, such as a deviated septum, or be the victim of chronic sinusitis. Making a change in the size and shape of your nose could improve your condition. Likewise, if you are happy with yourself as a whole, but simply want to make a slight adjustment to your nose, rhinoplasty can be helpful to you. For people that are plagued be a nasal sound, rhinoplasty may change the quality of your voice. For those who are serious about singing, the procedure can have a positive impact.

When Rhinoplasty Should Be Avoided
If you are doing rhinoplasty because your partner asked you to do it, this is a definite no. If you’re in a relationship where the other person isn’t happy with who you are, you should never change your physical appearance to make someone else happy. If you are miserable and have trouble in social situations, having your nose altered is not going to get to the root of the problem. You need to emphasize your positive points and go to counseling to find ways to improve your life. Don’t try and fix everything with a surgical procedure. The same can be said for those who are overweight or think a breast enhancement will be the best way to be happy. Be strong and secure in yourself. Only then should you move forward with rhinoplasty, or any other kind of procedure. Embrace yourself an everything that stands out about you. Think of rhinoplasty as an addition to all of your good qualities.

For more details about rhinoplasty talk to Dr William Portuese, a board certified facial plastic surgeon in Seattle. Visit his site at seattlefacial.com

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