Are You Ready for Plastic Surgery?

Celebrities are much more open to discussing plastic surgery today, and there is a clear division between those who love it and those who feel otherwise. Jamie Lee Curtis is the latest celebrity to speak up about her feelings on plastic surgery. In an interview with the AARP, Curtis said that plastic surgery isn’t on her wishlist today and she also took it one step further in saying that plastic surgery is a Hollywood conspiracy.

This is quite the statement to make, but even plastic surgery advocates might find some truth in it. Actors and actresses face a lot of competition, and sometimes looking older or less attractive according to Hollywood standards can cause them to lose jobs. Hollywood’s ideals can be a driving force behind a fast decision to turn to cosmetic procedures. This is where the issue comes in; many celebrities aren’t getting plastic surgery for themselves, they’re doing it because they feel they have no choice but to. They may jump into a decision quickly and can end up seeing a surgeon that is under-qualified to perform a specific procedure. They then can end up with results they’re unhappy with because they were so eager to please for a career boost. Average people can learn from Hollywood pressures and celebrity plastic surgery regrets and make sure that they’re getting surgery for the right reasons.

The decision to get plastic surgery is a personal one. While some level of influence from outside is okay, people also need to want a procedure themselves, otherwise they aren’t going under the knife for the right reasons. Each and every one of us are the only ones that can decide what we want out of our physical appearance, and before getting plastic surgery, we must ask ourselves if we’re truly ready. If you’re considering a cosmetic procedure, first ask yourself these questions:

1. Was it your idea to get plastic surgery? Or, had you thought about enhancing or improving a specific area of your body before it was suggested to you?

2. Have you talked to a plastic surgeon and gathered information about the procedure including risk factors, recovery time and expected results?

3.  Have you researched and gotten references from a plastic surgeon you’re considering to ensure that they are qualified to perform the procedure?

4. Do you think that plastic surgery will improve your self-confidence and in turn create benefits for your career and personal life?

If you’ve answered “yes” to the above questions, then you’re looking at plastic surgery for the right reasons and are likely ready. By thinking through your decision and ensuring that you’re in good hands, you’re sure to love the results!

Symptoms of Plastic Surgery Obsession

Recently Dr. Fiorillo was featured in an article that discussed obsession with plastic surgery.  There has been a lot of speculation by the media that celebrities are becoming addicted to cosmetic enhancements. True plastic surgery addiction is a serious issue as it has ties to body dysmorphic disorder. Just because someone has had multiple plastic surgery procedures, doesn’t mean that they fall into this category.

True plastic surgery addiction can be detected based on the following symptoms of body dysmorphic disorder. The most common relate to these compulsive behaviors:

1. Constant preoccupation with appearance – individuals with body dysmorphic disorders try to get a glimpse of themselves in any reflective surface they pass. Or, they may have behaviors that are at the other extreme and avoid looking at themselves.

2. Desire to compare appearance to others - those with BDD regularly compare their physical appearance and specific attributes to others.

3. Obsessively learning about the flaw – people with BDD seek as much information as they can about their perceived flaw. If they believe that they are too fat, too thin, have a big nose or too many wrinkles, they compulsively research and read about it.

4. Dissatisfaction with appearance no matter what – people with BDD can change their appearance and alter their perceived flaw, but there will always by something about their appearance they are never satisfied with.

Plastic surgeons are careful about operating on people with body dysmorphic disorder; but in most of the cases reported upon today, the desire for physical improvement is not due to such a severe mental health issue.


Dr. Fiorillo Featured in Website Article

Breast Augmentation Surgeries Continue to Rise

With improved safety, shorter recovery times and enhanced aesthetic results, more and more patients are seeking breast augmentation procedures in New York at the Park Avenue plastic surgery practice of Dr. Michael Fiorillo.

New York, NY, September 23, 2010 – Dr. Michael Fiorillo, a board-certified plastic surgeon in New York, offers breast augmentation as one of the most frequently-performed cosmetic surgery procedures in his office, reflecting a nationwide increase in this advantageous procedure.

According to the National Clearinghouse of Plastic Surgery Statistics, sponsored by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, breast augmentation is the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure in the US, and has seen a 36% increase in the number of procedures performed each year as compared to 2000.

Breast augmentation increases the sizes of the breasts by one or more cup sizes through the use of saline or silicone implants.  In his comprehensive New York plastic surgery practice, Dr. Fiorillo can completely customize each procedure to help patients achieve their desired results while minimizing side effects and risks.  Increasing breast size results in a fuller, more proportionate appearance and often a higher sense of physical satisfaction as well.

“As technology advanced and surgical technique became more precise, we’ve seen a substantial increase in the number of breast augmentation procedures performed at our practice,” said Dr. Fiorillo.  “Patients can significantly enhance their appearance and feel more confident through a safe procedure with minimal recovery times and long-term results.  Women of all ages and backgrounds are now coming to the office for this procedure.”

Dr. Fiorillo performs breast augmentation in New York at his outpatient surgical facility, and takes the time to discuss with patients their options for incision technique and implant material, shape and placement to produce successful results for each individual patient.

About Dr. Fiorillo

Dr. Fiorillo is a highly respected and well-known plastic surgeon in New York who frequently appears in the national media as an expert opinion in this popular field, including appearing as a breast specialist on “The Real Housewives of New Jersey”.

Board-certified in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Dr. Fiorillo graduated with his medical degree at the top of his class at Chicago Medical School, and completed residency training in general surgery at State Island University Hospital.  He also completed a fellowship in plastic surgery at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

In 2004, Dr. Fiorillo opened an outpatient surgical facility where he performs most of his plastic surgery procedures, providing comfort and convenience for his patients.  Dr. Fiorillo’s New York Plastic Surgery practice is located at 960 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10028, with additional offices in Englewood, NJ and Pearl River, NY, and can be reached at 866-537-0954 or

Reality TV Show Has Contestants Compete for Plastic Surgery

A new reality show from E! takes plastic surgery exposure to a new level. Bridalplasty has contestants compete for an extreme makeover to help them put their best face forward on their wedding day. While plastic surgery has been shown on TV before, this will be the first show that makes plastic surgery the prize.

This show is likely to attract a lot of attention. The premise has been controversial since E! announced it, but there are many prospective viewers curious to see what it’s all about. Plastic surgery on the whole has become more mainstream and widely talked about, and many viewers will surely be curious to learn about the motivations that people have for plastic surgery. It might be due to interest, or because they’re looking to make their own cosmetic surgery decisions.

In addition to winning plastic surgery, the brides to be also win their dream wedding. However, there is a catch. The contestants won’t be able to tell their husbands to be that they may be going under the knife. The lucky winner’s groom will only discover his fiance’s extreme makeover at the alter when he lifts up her veil.

Will you tune in to this new show by E! ? What do you think?