The Role of Technology in Cosmetic Surgery Advancement
Cosmetic surgery is very different today than it was just a few years ago. Over the past decade, the industry has largely evolved toward a focus on cosmetic procedures as a whole – not just those that involve a scalpel and general anesthesia. Minimally-invasive and non-invasive procedures have been met with broad cultural acceptance due in part to their ease, affordability, and accessibility. While they are not meant to take the place of traditional cosmetic surgery, these new advanced treatments are driving more people into surgeon offices throughout Albany, Manhattan, Rochester, Buffalo, and other urban areas in the state.
Since liposuction is so popular in New York, it makes sense that there has been an uptick in interest in non-surgical body contouring procedures. This usually involves a non-surgical means of spot-reducing fat. The technology freezes fat cells, forcing the body to eventually eliminate them through natural processes. There is no downtime associated with the procedure, and the risks are minimal. With this technology, it may be possible for a patient to achieve a 25 percent reduction in fat without ever going under the knife. This is often recommended for patients who have stubborn fat pockets that remain despite diet and exercise.
The New Nose Job
In New York, making a good first impression is essential. A good nose job can completely alter the appearance of the face without look unnatural or out of place. For people with unshapely noses, this is good news. The bad news is that rhinoplasty has remained largely unchained for 100 years or more, involving a hammer and chisel technique that leaves patients badly bruised, in much pain, and with uncertain results.
Now, there are more options in the quest for a shapelier nose. For some, the answer is s simple as getting a liquid rhinoplasty. This involves injecting the nose with fillers that help contour its shape. Not only is a non-surgical quick fix, but can also be highly affordable compared with traditional surgery. Another option is The Piezo Technique, which eliminates the hammer and chisel in favor of a unique, high-frequency vibration technology. This allows the surgeon to more accurately saw through the bony structure of the nose without harming the delicate soft tissues that surround it. The Piezo Technique also minimizes bruising and bleeding, potentially allowing patients to return to work as little as one week after surgery.
Emphasis on Safety
As patient education continues to become more widely available in New York, there is a greater emphasis on safety when developing medical technology and materials. One such example is the new Ideal Implant, which is being used more and more in place of traditional saline and silicone breast implants. With the Ideal Implant, there is less risk of toxicity than with silicone gel implants and a lower risk of rupture than with traditional saline implants. The carefully designed implant houses saline inside multiple layers of bio-compatible casing, allowing it to maintain a natural feel and appearance with fewer of the downsides associated with traditional implants.
By far, the most commonly requested cosmetic procedures among New York patients are non-surgical in nature. Millions of people get cosmetic injections every year – many of them in New York. Evolving techniques and improvements have made it possible for physicians to create natural looking results in patients who want to turn back the hands of time.
The number one cosmetic enhancement in New York is the use of neurotoxins like Botox and Dysport to prevent the formation of wrinkles and soften existing lines – usually along the brow and/or around the eyes. Perhaps the most surprising trend however, is the influx of young patients – sometimes as young as18-21 – who want to use neurotoxins to prevent deep-seated wrinkles from forming altogether.
In middle-aged patients, the use of Botox and Dysport is often paired with dermal fillers or fat injections that help create what is known as the ‘liquid face lift’. Though not necessarily a replacement for a traditional face lift, the liquid face lift is an effective means of achieving more sculpted cheeks, less sagging, and a softer overall appearance. When combined with a good skin care routine for patients in their 40s and 50s, a liquid face lift could delay the need for an actual facelift by decades.
Finally, we come to one of the fastest growing areas of cosmetic surgery – buttock implants and buttock lifts. Some call it the ‘Kardashian Effect’, whereas others consider it a product of broader changes in culture preferences, but more and more people are visiting their plastic surgeons’ offices in request of a fuller, rounder, and higher buttock. In fact, the number of people undergoing either procedure skyrocketed by 36 percent in just one year between 2014 and 2015.
What to Expect?
With all of this in mind, it is safe to say that cosmetic surgery in New York is expected to continue growing until it has become a mainstream part of Empire State society – even more so than it already is now. Over time, stigmas will fall away, and there will likely be a continued emphasis on the importance of non-invasive and minimally invasive treatment protocols that do not negatively impact the lives of patients.
We also expect to see changes in post-surgery recovery. With scientific research backing the role of human growth factors in would healing, it is completely plausible that surgeons could one day administrate therapeutic treatments to help accelerate the recovery process.