Though I, the lovely and talented media manager, write most of the blog posts here at WPS, this week I thought it might be fun to get Dr. Walker directly involved. So, I decided to ask her some questions about her favorite parts of plastic surgery. Yes it’s good to have all the information and facts laid out, but sometimes you just need to hear a surgeon’s opinion. Also, this is a great chance to have a more personal outlook on Dr. Walker’s practice! Check out the interview questions below:
What is your favorite aspect of plastic surgery?
“My favorite aspect of plastic surgery is the perfection,” Dr. Walker said, going on to explain how every small detail in plastic surgery is incredibly important. She explained how she has always been incredibly meticulous and overly-organized from the time she was a little girl. She was always interested in science, but also had an artistic side. “I was taught to sew by my Norwegian grandmother,” she said. “I like the artistic quality of fashion, clothes, and sewing.” For her, plastic surgery was a compromise as it’s the most artistic field within medicine. “I wouldn’t call myself a true artist, but I would say I have an artistic sense.”
What is your favorite procedure to perform?
“I find facial procedures most anatomically interesting and surgically challenging,” she told me. The face is the first thing you notice about a person and requires the most care, surgically speaking. “Face lifting procedures are some of my favorites because they’re multi-complex, require great technical skill, and require attention to minute detail. I also like to perform rhinoplasty for the same reason.”
If you could, would you perform this procedure on yourself? If not, what is one procedure you wish you could perform on yourself (logistics excluded)?
“Yes, absolutely! Definitely I would perform it on myself,” she said. “I look in the mirror every day wanting to perform this procedure.” She disclosed about nasal procedures though that “I wouldn’t perform a rhinoplasty on myself because I don’t need it.”
What is your most highly recommended procedure?
“I recommend a blepharoplasty,” which is an eyelid lift. As we get older, our skin loses collagen and elasticity so we start to look more worn. Dr. Walker explained that “it takes the tired look out of the face,” and as a result can give a more youthful appearance that most patients desire.
Do you prefer small treatments or large operations?
“I prefer to do larger operations because I like to focus on a number of different things. I like to do face and eyes in concert. I think it looks better,” she said as far as her older patients go. For “younger patients, I like to do a series of operations over a period of time so no one realizes they’ve had plastic surgery.”
How have your preferences changed since you started your practice 20 years ago?
“I always liked to do facelifts and facial procedures, but the way I do them is different now,” she told me. As with most areas of medicine, procedures change with new research and development. “I have a more minimalistic approach,” said Dr. Walker. “Structural fat grafting has definitely changed the way I approach facial procedures.”
The benefits of plastic surgery are plentiful and often more than skin deep. Though the media portrays plastic surgery as "fake" and "superficial," there's a side to it that people don't get to see often enough. Many of the benefits of plastic surgery are far less obvious than one would imagine. A lot of care and artistry goes into the practice. Here are five benefits of plastic surgery:
Without a doubt the most noticeable benefit of plastic surgery is overall appearance. This too is what most people tend to associate with plastic surgery, and for a good reason. Though it may seem superficial, everyone likes to look their best for emotional or psychological reasons. No matter what procedure you are considering, the end-result will be a physical transformation that will be noticed.
2) To look more natural
While the media likes to promote plastic surgery that makes people look less real the more common benefit is to look more natural. For many a plastic surgery procedure can provide the balance and proportions needed to give their appearance a natural and healthy look. It sounds ironic, but the reality is that plastic surgery works to reduce evidence that surgery or trauma ever occured. Looking at victims of physical injury or those with birth deformaties it is easy to see how plastic surgery would be the best solution as it provides the most natural reparative results.
Some people choose plastic surgery to balance the way they feel on the inside with the way they look to others. They seek to look as young as they feel and see plastic surgery as the solution. Their new look inspires self-confidence and can trigger significant benefits to mental health, such as fewer feelings of anxiety or depression.
4) Kick start a lifestyle
The benefits of plastic surgery can also ultimately include benefits to one's health as a whole. For some, the idea of any form of public exercise when they aren't in ideal shape is insurmountable. Whether it is wearing tight exercise gear or just feeling out of place, plastic surgery can help alleviate those concerns and ultimately, kick off their journey toward better overall health.
5) The final touch
Sometimes working out endlessly may just not be enough for someone to acheive their desired results. For many who may have already undergone a major transformation by way of a procedure such as gastric bypass, accompanied by healthy eating and lots of exercise, a tummy tuck or body contouring procedure may be the last piece of the puzzle to getting the body that they really want.
The benefits of plastic surgery are wide and varied, and each person is different. Anyone considering plastic surgery should have a frank discussion with a qualified and trustworthy professional in the field who can help him or her in determining which of these potential benefits may be applicable to them.
Spring has sprung! Well, not quite yet, but the weather is getting warmer, flowers are coming out, and there is no more snow in sight (for now)! There is a wonderful sense of hope that accompanies spring. You start to feel young again. Spring is a season of change and rebirth where everyone starts to feel their best. Isn’t it great when you can look just as good and youthful as you feel? Here are six ways you can get ready for the new season:
LATISSE® is a great way to start out spring with that thick, full look for your eyelashes you’ve always wanted. Daily topical applications to the root of the eyelash will give you noticeable results after roughly a month to six weeks of use. Eyelashes, like the hair everywhere else on your body, grow to a certain length before they fall out. This process is referred to as the eyelash life cycle. LATISSE® works to increase your eyelashes’ life cycle by attaching to specialized receptors in the lash root and stimulating the follicle to switch from its resting phase (Telogen) to its growth phase (Anagen). As a result, your lashes can grow thicker and longer.
2) Vi Peel
The Vi Peel can help you shed that extra layer of your winter coat. The dry winter season can cause many to break out and dry out resulting in minor pigmentation; not the best way to start the “season of rebirth.” An in-office topical treatment can help alleviate these symptoms. Vi Peel can be used to treat acne and minor pigmentation on the face, chest, and back. Like your hair, skin has a life cycle of its own and naturally sheds off every three weeks. Vi Peel is a chemical peeling agent that speeds up this process by causing your skin cells to turn over more rapidly. Once that top layer of dead skin comes off you can enjoy the fresh new skin that lies beneath.
3) TCA Peel
The TCA Peel is much like the Vi Peel and works in a similar way, only it is slightly stronger. The TCA peel is often used to treat deeper pigmentation as well as acne scars, lines, and wrinkles. In addition to increasing the turn-over rate of your skin cells, the strength of the TCA Peel affects your skin’s deeper layer to reduce the appearance of unwanted marks. It’s another great way to look fresh for spring!
Most already know that Botox helps to reduce minor lines and wrinkles that start showing up for those of us who are no longer twenty. Botox works by temporarily paralyzing targeted muscle groups to prevent movement (both voluntary and involuntary) which could deepen wrinkles. Your skin’s natural elasticity then works to smooth over the beginnings of wrinkles and lines without the intervention of muscle movement. The result is smoother, younger-looking skin with which you can greet the new season!
5) Lip and Face Fillers
Fillers like Radiesse, Silk, Juvederm, and Voluma C are another excellent way to achieve younger-looking skin. As we get older, our skin starts losing fat and collagen. Fillers plump up your skin and give back the volume that can be lost with age. Combine them with a "little" Botox for even more pronounced results. Not exactly a "spring chicken?" No one else has to know!
6) ZO Skin Health
Last, but certainly not least, ZO Skin Health products are a must have for the season. Spring is coming and with it the fun and sun of Spring Break. As we put the winter behind us, we tend to get a little complacent with skin care. After months of hibernation, the sun can do worse damage to our skin because most of the time, we don’t come prepared. This can result in unsightly wrinkles and even worse, skin cancer. Keep your skin healthy and protected with moisturizers and sunscreens from ZO Skin Health. An easy way to stay worry free while enjoying the warm months ahead!
You may not be familiar with shared medical appointments (SMA)s. SMAs are a gathering of at least two patients, who are seen together by a doctor and/or entire healthcare team in a setting that encourages questions, sharing, and experiences.
Though not for everyone, SMAs are experiencing an increase in popularity. Many SMAs now include an individual, private examination and meeting with the doctor, maintain the confidential feel of a surgery decision while hearing from other patients who are also considering a surgery or have already experienced one.
According to a study by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, “patient satisfaction rates were compared for 26 women who chose an SMA against 26 who chose traditional appointments. Results demonstrated very high patient satisfaction rates—89 percent overall and 92 percent with regard to the thoroughness of care, in both the shared and individual appointment groups. More than 75 percent of patients who participated in the shared appointments said they would be likely to choose the same option in the future.”
It’s no surprise that teens are, at any time, at a state of emotional fragility. As young girls make their transition into adulthood, many are bothered by their shapes. But just how much does this dissatisfaction affect them?
A recent study by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons shows that “differences in breast size have a significant mental health impact in adolescent girls, affecting self-esteem, emotional well-being, and social functioning.”
"The observed impaired psychological well-being of adolescents with breast asymmetry may indicate the need for early intervention to minimize negative outcomes," wrote Dr. Brian I. Labow of Boston Children’s Hospital (and coauthors).
The study went on to point out that plastic surgery is not always the answer, particularly in younger girls. Instead, mental support or consultation may be the appropriate answer.
With every trend that involves “permanently” puncturing the body comes a new one a few years down the road: restorative plastic surgery.
A few years ago, it was very trendy to get “tribal” style ear piercings—often called gauges—which create large holes in the ear. The result? Now, a few years later, is that participants in this once-fashionable statement are turning to plastic surgery to restore their more natural pre-trend look.
According to CBS News: “Cutting away the excess skin is the only way to fix them. So Palmer had cosmetic surgery to reshape his earlobes. Plastic surgeon Adrian Richards says the procedure involves removing the excess stretched ear tissue and using internal and external stitches in the earlobe to recreate a more normal shape.”
Personal preferences aren’t always the main reason people undo their extreme looks, either. Many patients seek out restorative surgery because they find themselves difficult to employ.
It should come as no surprise to anyone with a smart phone that the increasingly popular “selfie” has brought about a new trend with it.
Plastic surgery—particularly procedures that affect the area seen in a selfie (above the waist)—has enjoyed a surge due to this social media phenomenon.
According to a poll by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), about a third of its 2,700 members indicated seeing an increase in requests for procedures due to patients being more aware of their image in social media. This was shown in a 10% jump in rhinoplasty last yaer, as well as a 7% rise in hair transplants and 6 % increase in eyelid surgery.
Every woman loves a great pair of boots, especially in the winter. But while many rely on footwear as a fashion statement, some are going to extreme lengths to to wear the season’s trendiest looks
According to Dr. John Zavell in Toledo, Ohio, women are opting to surgically remove excess muscle or fat from around the calf and thigh to fit into boots. Women are turning to “liposculpture” to wear the season’s best-known footwear.
But if you’re going to undergo this surgery, which can cost up to $12,000, plan ahead: recovery time can be up to half a year, meaning you’d have to wait til late spring just to debut your new look.
With breast lifts being one of the most popular surgeries in America, it’s no wonder doctors are attempting to make the procedure faster and less invasive.
“It is a knifeless instantaneous breast lift,” says Dr. Neetu Nirdosh, creator of the procedure. According to Yahoo News, “the “breastox” treatment, Nirdosh says, takes less than 30 minutes, lasts for up to six months, and promises to make breasts look perkier and up to one cup size larger. The technique purportedly works by using Botox to relax the pectoral muscles, which leaves the shoulder muscles to do the heavy lifting—hence the “breast lift.” “
However, Dr. Jennifer Walden, an Austin-based surgeon, expressed skepticism: “Botox cannot do what a surgical breast lift can do. People who are candidates for a surgical breast have excess saggy skin and drooping. Botox can’t address any of those things.”
For a more permanent solution, opt for a surgical procedure to ensure lasting results.
So many women wrestle with the idea of undergoing breast augmentation, debating over size, timing, and appearance. What if potential patients could “test drive” their look without ever going under the knife?
That’s just what one surgeon is looking to make possible. According to ABC News, Dr. Norman Rowe of New York is aiming to do just that. The developer of the “insta-breast,” Dr. Rowe has created a 24-hour saline injection to mimic the effects of a breast augmentation, allowing patients to see how they might look after committing to surgery.
Dr. Rowe is now working on a solution that will provide the implant effect for up to three weeks, to provide a more permanent and realistic simulation.