ROBERT W. DeCONTI, M.D., F.A.C.S. has been featured on NBC and a NBC prime time show on Health Issues for the Millennium, as well as on Fox Television. The different shows discussed breast implant enlargement, liposuction, eyelid surgery, tummy tucks, brow lifts, hair restoration with micro grafts, breast reconstruction for cancer, and techniques to improve facial wrinkles with Botox, micro fat injections, and laser skin
Modern techniques are revolutionizing the ability to sculpture the body and reduce the signs of aging. Instead of burning the skin with chemical peels or scraping the skin with dermabrasion, laser skin resurfacing wipes away wrinkles with a beam of light. The use of small lenses and cameras, endoscopic surgery, has allowed plastic surgeons to work through miniature incisions while performing facelifts, forehead/brow lifts, breast augmentations and tummy tucks.
Smaller cannulas for liposuction and a new anesthetic technique, Tumescent technique, have significantly decreased the pain, post operative recovery time, and complications associated with traditional liposuction techniques.
Today’s techniques have fueled a dramatic increase in the number of cosmetic surgery procedures being performed. There is a 110% increase in plastic surgery procedures performed since 1990. Our culture is youth oriented. People are continually striving to become more healthy with their diet, work habits, and exercise, and plastic surgery has become increasingly more popular. The “Baby Boomers” are continually turning to Cosmetic Surgery to further improve their self image. More than 2 million people will undergo plastic surgery this year alone.
The average patient is 30 – 50 years of age and there is an increasing trend for males to seek plastic surgery. There also is a trend to having smaller procedures performed earlier in life around the 30’s-40’s instead of waiting until one needs everything done. The results tend to be better because the skin is more elastic and thus can maintain the youthful effects of surgery significantly longer.
Ninety-five percent of all plastic surgery patients are completely satisfied with their results. Education, knowledge, experience, and realistic expectations will lead one to attain the desired result they want. While cosmetic surgery may not make everyone a super model or an Olympic athlete, it can significantly change one’s body image which may improve ones self-confidence and quality of life.