Plastic Surgeon Blows the Whistle on Trendy Cosmetic Surgeries

August 10, 2011

There’s a sucker born every minute.
There’s a sucker born every minute.

A plastic surgeon who blogs for the Huffington Post takes aim at trendy cosmetic surgeries and beauty elixirs, including drugs, supplements and creams.

When it comes to cosmetic products and procedures, his mantra is “Show me the science.”

Here’s what he’s looking for: objective scientific studies (clinical trials) demonstrating outcomes and risks performed by doctors or scientists with NO financial stake in what they are testing.

Consider the “vampire facelift,” with the trepidation you would have in dealing with any vampire. In this procedure your own blood is drawn and spun in a centrifuge, separating out platelets, which are subsequently injected into your face. Promoters claim that this fills hollowed cheeks and wrinkles for up to two years. According to another prominent plastic surgeon and member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, “There simply isn’t any objective data out there supporting the claim of two years.”

Watch out for a new liposuction device that boasts of “laser technology.” Laser liposuction may have a sexy ring, but manufacturer’s claims that the machine is safer and more effective than traditional liposuction are not backed up by any scientific studies at all. You need to know that doctors who tout this and other so-called miracle procedures may be paid consultants hired by the manufacturer.

In 2009, New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo investigated a company promoting a quick and easy facelift. The company used website advertising to post glowing testimonials from satisfied customers. Cuomo fined the company $300,000, forcing manufacturers to remove the testimonials after he found that employees had been ordered to pretend they were satisfied customers.

Beware of fat-busting drugs and supplements, face creams that claim to turn back the clock 20 years, creams that eliminate cellulite and stretch marks and any minimally invasive surgical procedure that instantly transform you into a younger, better-looking self with no downtime, complications or scars.

If you are attracted to a procedure that may be too good to be true, contact a plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery to help you separate the science from the hype.  


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