Thursday, August 30, 2007

Nip, Tuck, and WTF?

Since we are fans of the roundup over here, we've got a new one for you. It's been a busy summer for the Dr. 90210s of the world. Check out the latest and greatest in plastic surgery news:

A new study reveals that British women are more likely than American women to have plastic surgery to please their partners. "One British 39-year-old barmaid told me that her husband's criticism of her figure prompted her to have abdomniplasty [a 'tummy tuck']," said researcher Debra Gimlin. "She said it wouldn't have entered her mind otherwise, but after she'd had her second child her husband said: 'I love the wee ones but I wish having them hadn't ruined your figure.'" Has this guy picked up his Husband of the Year Award yet? [Guardian]

Plastic surgeons heart Extreme Makeover. In a study conducted by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 4 out of 5 people reported that television directly influenced them to pursue a cosmetic surgery procedure. [American Society of Plastic Surgeons]

Eyelash transplants? For $6,000 you can get yourself a new pair, but you'll have to trim them regularly to avoid a Rapunzel effect. This procedure was originally developed for trauma patients. Surprise, surprise: the ladies love it, too. Has Penelope Cruz scheduled hers yet? [CBS News] via [Jezebel]

Want Botox? No problem. Want to get checked out for skin cancer? You might want to get in line. A typical wait for a Botox treatment is just eight days. But if you need a doc to examine a mole, you'll have to wait 26. “The difference in wait times between medical dermatology and cosmetic dermatology patients is clearly real,” said Dr. Jack S. Resneck Jr., assistant professor of dermatology at the medical school of the University of California, San Francisco. “We need to look further and figure out what is leading to shorter wait times for cosmetic patients.” Yes, please do. In the meantime, we'll be wearing our sun hats and SPF. [NY Times]

When she was just 12 years old, Brooke Bates got liposuction and a tummy tuck. She gained the weight back. This year, her parents allowed her to get lap band surgery. They couldn't find a doctor in the U.S. who would perform the surgery on a 13-year-old, so the family took a trip down to Mexico. After the first procedures, which cost $25,000, Brooke said she "went from the big, fat girl to the popular girl. Then I gained weight back and it was depressing. But now that I had the lap band done, everything is just working out great." We know that girls face intense pressures to be thin and fit in, but we wish the adults in Brooke's life would help her to understand that plastic surgery is not the magic ticket to confidence and happiness. [ABC News]

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