Dr. Michael A. Fiorillo, MD
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Friday, October 28th, 2011
It is often assumed that individuals are most concerned about having plastic surgery on the parts of their bodies that are highly visible. However, individuals often choose plastic surgery as a result of their own feelings about their bodies and not what others think. The latest phenomenon in plastic surgery seems to be true to this ideology. Individuals are opting to have reconstructive surgery on their vaginas.
Women may feel as though their labia are unusual in size or shape. They may compare themselves to other women they know, or those that they see in images. Women may not realize that there is no “normal”, or they simply may not have the look they desire for themselves. Effectively, the same thought processes apply to the vagina as well as any other part of the body.
Women choose plastic surgery for a variety of personal reasons, as with vaginal plastic surgery.To discuss your needs, contact us.
Wednesday, October 26th, 2011
Celebrity Heidi Montag is perhaps better known for her seeming addiction to plastic surgery than for anything else. At the age of 23, the already attractive Montag famously underwent a staggering 10 procedures in a single day. But can we consider her quest for bodily perfection to be a spiritual one? A recent article ponders this question.
While many people consider plastic surgery to correct specific bodily issues, most of us would likely draw the line at just one or a few procedures. And although we might agree that moving our bodies closer to our ideals provides a measure of happiness, would we really claim to be more spiritually satisfied? It’s hard to say. Physical suffering has long been affiliated with spiritual piety, and this is the connection made by Montag and others, while admitting that “it’s what’s inside that counts.” On the other hand, as a culture we do place great value on physical appearance, so perhaps, as the article suggests, we bear some responsibility for encouraging the surgery-obsessed.
While we can’t promise that plastic surgery will fulfill your spiritual needs, there’s no denying that looking your best can help make you happier and more confident. Contact us for a consultation, and find out if plastic surgery is right for you.
Friday, October 21st, 2011
The United States is currently witnessing a growing discussion about bullying among school-aged children, with many high-profile celebrities stepping up to speak out about this harmful phenomenon. Nonetheless, increased peer pressure has led to younger and younger people signing up for plastic surgery. A recent high-profile instance saw a girl of 13 getting a nose job in response to online taunts from her classmates. But how young is too young?
In a recent article, a number of notable plastic surgeons in the UK weigh in on the appropriate age at which to consider various plastic surgery procedures. Needless to say, the optimum age varies from patient to patient, but also from procedure to procedure. In the article, the doctors discuss procedures ranging from Botox injections (ideal age: 35+), to rhinoplasty (ideal age: 20+), to laser reduction of age spots (ideal age: 50+). The important deciding factors often have to do with bone growth and skin elasticity, and in general the body’s ability to most successfully incorporate the surgery.
As noted, the right age very much depends on both the procedure and the patient’s individual body. If you’re considering plastic surgery, contact us to discuss your needs and find out what’s right for you.
Wednesday, October 19th, 2011
A new movie that is about to hit theaters will explore a different side of plastic surgery. It may cause viewers to question the future of the industry. “The Skin I Live In” is a movie starring Antonio Banderas.
The actor plays a plastic surgeon who decides to create a fire retardant substitute for skin after his wife passes away due to burn symptoms. The movie has a rather dark tone as the doctor featured is deeply troubled. However, it does also shed light on where medicine may be heading. The movie shows the main character traveling to numerous conferences as he experiments with recent medical technology in his personal lab.
It is a theme that may have seemed far-fetched a decade ago. Today, with successful face transplants and other major medical breakthroughs occurring, it is not so unrealistic.
Whether you love or hate the movie, the commentary about the plastic surgery field is undeniable.
To learn about the latest techniques we use in our cosmetic procedures, contact us.
Friday, October 14th, 2011
There are a variety of personal reasons why people choose to have plastic surgery. For most, it is about increasing self-confidence and attaining their ideal body image. In some cases, individuals have unique views of what their ideal is. This week, one individual demonstrated how different ideals can influence plastic surgery decisions.
A man in the Philippines, Hugo Chavez, has had numerous plastic surgery procedures to make himself look like Superman. He is now 35 years old and began his journey to become more like superman at age 25. To date, he has had surgery on his thighs, lips and chin. Plus he has had injectables to make the skin on his face smoother and tighter as well as skin lightening procedures. He plans to have procedures to increase the muscular definition in his abdominal area in the near future.
Everyone has different goals when they choose plastic surgery. Come in and discuss yours.
Wednesday, October 12th, 2011
This week, Oprah Magazine features an image of model Katie Halchishick in the nude in order to make a point about body image. It is a photo that has created a lot of buzz because it challenges ideas about the ideal female body image.
Oprah Magazine photographed “plus size” model Katie Halchishick holding a naked Barbie doll. The model had plastic surgeon’s markings drawn on her in order to illustrate what would need to be done to her in order to give her the figure of the iconic doll. The extensive makeover would require all parts of her body to be made much smaller – with the exception of her breasts.
The article that accompanies the photo asks women at different points in their lives how they feel about their body image. Women in their 60′s felt “grateful” for their bodies, and exercised/ate well to stay healthy. Girls in their teens on the other hand said they were “self-conscious” about their bodies and that their exercise regimen was focused on losing weight.
There are some circumstances where individuals use plastic surgery to make very drastic changes to their bodies – like the ones exhibited in the photo. However, the more mainstream use of plastic surgery today is to improve existing assets. It is important that people understand that plastic surgery as an industry is not dictating physical ideals as it allows people to make those choices for themselves.
If you are considering plastic surgery to reach your own personal ideals, contact us.
Friday, October 7th, 2011
Recently, there have been a number of stories in the news that have lead the American Board of Plastic Surgery to remind patients to check on the credentials of their surgeons. What many patients do not realize is that it is possible to be licensed in one region, without being licensed to practice nationally. A credible, reliable plastic surgeon should have all of their certifications in place.
It is important to research any medical professional that you intend to visit. This means checking references (online resources can be very helpful), checking their credentials, and speaking with the doctor to determine how comfortable you are with him/her. Unfortunately, too many patients choose their surgeons based on price alone and that can lead to undesirable results.
Do not be afraid to be thorough – after all it is you as a patient that is paying for the surgery, and more importantly, it is your body. Any big decision should be carefully reviewed and considered.
To begin learning about your plastic surgery options, please make an appointment to speak with Dr. Fiorillo today.
Wednesday, October 5th, 2011
Today, Minka Kelly is known as one of the most beautiful Hollywood stars, but she admits that when she was 19 not everyone thought so. During an interview with David Letterman last week, the star admitted that over a decade ago she had an opportunity with Playboy. However, this opportunity did come with strings attached. The former Playboy Playmate that approached her said she would need plastic surgery first.
The former Playmate recommended that Minka have the following procedures:
The star would not have had to pay for the procedures as it was proposed that she work at a plastic surgeon’s office in return for free surgery. She decided to take the offer and began working in the clinic. After about a month, she decided that she wasn’t ready to alter her appearance and resigned.
At the age of 19, Minka Kelly was not ready to change her appearance. Younger people are often cautioned to make decisions carefully regarding plastic surgery because they are still finding themselves. If there is any uncertainty about having a procedure, patients should wait or they may find they are not satisfied with the outcome.
Plastic surgery is a personal choice, and it is a great option for different people at different points in their lives. Minka has not cast off the idea of plastic surgery altogether; for her, it simply was not the right time.
If plastic surgery is something you are considering, please contact us to learn more.