Does your pet need plastic surgery?

June 11, 2012

Does your pet need plastic surgery?
Does your pet need plastic surgery?

According to ABC News, common human cosmetic plastic surgery procedures such as nose jobs, tummy tucks, face lifts and Botox injections are being performed on pets more often these days.

"My dog could use some Botox because he’s starting to get forehead wrinkles," Michele Jaminet recently told the Palm Beach Daily News about her 10-year-old cocker spaniel.

Botox is commonly injected into pets with facial wrinkles. Those whose appearance can't be remedied with the injectable often undergo a full face lift. Owners of animals with crooked teeth may also opt to put braces on their pets' teeth, reported ABC News.

Additionally, some male dogs that get neutered actually have fake testicles - called "neuticles" - implanted to preserve their more manly appearance. The news source reports that neuticles are becoming so common that as many as one million of the prostheses have been implanted in pets worldwide. Pets like Munson, a bulldog from Georgia. His parents opted to get him some testicular implants after he was neutered.

"A lot of dogs have a lot of hair back there so you can't tell they're neutered," Munson's owner, Jaime Davenport, told the news provider. "But with bulldogs, it's just right out there for everyone to see."

The devices, which range in price from about $100 to several hundred dollars, don't serve any type of medical purpose. They are purely aesthetic - and some say they help boost the owner's ego.

It may seem like these pet owners have lost their minds, but the news source reports that proponents of plastic surgery for pets say there are many cosmetic procedures that are medically necessary for animals.

One owner had Restylane injected into her dog's drooping ear. Veterinarian Dr. Edgard Brito told the Palm Beach Daily News that aside from improving the dog's appearance, the procedure was medically necessary.

"Unsymmetrical ears could incur attacks or deter mating," Dr. Brito told the media outlet.

Additionally, a doggy nose job may not just fix a crooked nose. It can also help relieve breathing problems. Similarly, a chin lift can deter drooling, while liposuction can help an overweight animal become more active.

While some may scoff at spending money to improve an animal's appearance, pet lovers say it just proves how deep their love is.

"That's what dogs crave," canine stylist Anais Hayden told ABC News. "It's attention."


The mission of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) includes medical education, public education and patient advocacy. Plastic Surgery News Briefs are summaries of current stories found through various news and magazine outlets that relate to or mention plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures. The views expressed in these news articles do not necessarily reflect the opinions of ASAPS, but are merely published as an educational service to our members and the general public. For additional information on these subjects and other plastic surgery related topics, please go to www.surgery.org

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