Category: Bariatric Surgery

Before and after pictures tell a dramatic story about the success of a Lap Band procedure. But behind those powerful images are many people, all working together to make weight loss possible. Trained medical staff, friends and loved ones all work in harmony to help you realize your goals. Before beginning the Lap Band journey,… Continue Reading »

According to a recent study discussed in the Digital Journal, Lap Band procedures may be effective in preventing the development of Colorectal cancer. By controlling obesity, this procedure decreases a patient’s risk as well as improving their overall health. The study, which was published in the Cancer Research journal, establishes a clear link between obesity… Continue Reading »

According to a recent article in the Tribune-Democrat, a husband and wife have lost almost 100 pounds together after deciding to both have the Lap Band procedure. This impressive weight loss has taken the Pennsylvania couple just five months. Matt Horton and his wife Julie, both in their early thirties, said they were inspired to… Continue Reading »

New ASPS statistics show “chinplants” are fastest growing procedure

New statistics released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) show that chin augmentation is the fastest growing plastic surgery trend among all major demographics — a phenomenon which appears, in part, to be sparked by increased usage of video chat technology, an aging baby boomer population and a desire for success in the workplace.

Chin augmentation grew more than breast augmentation, Botox® and liposuction combined in 2011. The procedure skyrocketed in both women and men, as well as in all patients over the age of 20, with the largest increase seen in patients age 40 or older.

Chin Augmentation By The Numbers:

Category # of Procedures in 2011 % Change 2011 vs. 2010
Overall 20,680 71% increase
Women 10,087 66% increase
Men 10,593 76% increase
20-29 years 2,750 68% increase
30-39 years 2,587 69% increase
40-54 years 5,075 77% increase
55 and over 8,459 70% increase

“The chin and jawline are among the first areas to show signs of aging. People are considering chin augmentation as a way to restore their youthful look just like a facelift or eyelid surgery,” said ASPS President Malcolm Z. Roth, MD. “We also know that as more people see themselves on video chat technology, they may notice that their jawline is not as sharp as they want it to be. Chin implants can make a dramatic difference.”

As a manager for a major software company, Lizette Stephens often finds herself face-to-face with people all over the world. And while she loves how technology keeps her in touch, she didn’t always like how it made her look.

“I do a lot of video chats and I’m in a lot of photos and noticed that my double chin was very pronounced. It really, really bothered me. I wanted to do something about it to get a more profound profile and more definition in my chin area,” said Stephens.

Stephens received a chin implant from Darrick Antell, MD, an ASPS Member Surgeon based in New York City. Dr. Antell, who has studied the profiles of many CEOs, said, “We know that CEOs tend to be tall, attractive, good-looking people. We now know that these people also tend to have a stronger chin. As a result, people subconsciously associate a stronger chin with more authority, self-confidence and trustworthiness.”

Factors like wanting a competitive advantage in the workforce may lead people to consider a variety of cosmetic facial procedures. The following are additional cosmetic procedures that saw an increase in popularity in 2011:

  • Lip augmentation: 49% increase
  • Cheek implant: 47% increase
  • Laser skin resurfacing: 9% increase
  • Soft tissue fillers: 7% increase
  • Facelift: 5% increase

For more statistics released today on trends in plastic surgery including gender, age, regional, national average fees and other breakouts, view the ASPS 2011 National Clearinghouse of Plastic Surgery Procedural Statistics report.

One of the qualities of the Lap-Band procedure that has made it so helpful for countless patients is its flexible adjustment and two distinct sizes. By providing a smaller and a larger Lap-Band option, patients of all types and weight situations may be treated effectively. This innovative and trusted gastric banding system is the only… Continue Reading »

More and more young adults are finding successful results with Lap Band procedures, according to a recent New York Times article. Though patients for bariatric surgery have traditionally been older and their bodies fully developed, younger patients have been shown to have a high success rate and an excellent response to surgery. In 2012, only… Continue Reading »

Developing good habits, a healthy diet and an active lifestyle are all crucial aspects to losing weight and keeping off that weight with the Lap Band procedure. While the Lap Band device is a valuable tool that can lead to dramatic results, following the instructions of your surgeon is vital to a successful weight loss… Continue Reading »

Choosing between bariatric surgery options may be particularly difficult for some patients, as both procedures may provide significant patient benefits. Since the relatively recent development of the lap band procedure, more and more patients are now choosing lap band over gastric bypass and other surgical options. Many patients have actually had their lap band placed… Continue Reading »

Although the Lap-Band procedure has had a number of successful clinical trials with teenaged patients, it is currently not FDA approved for usage with adolescents. Allergan, the maker of the Lap-Band device, recently submitted it for teenage use, but has decided to postpone the process until a future time. The device may still be used,… Continue Reading »

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