Rise in cosmetic surgery ‘gift cards’
Each Christmas the number of people seeking cosmetic surgery rises dramatically as people give their loved ones plastic surgery gift cards.
It’s not uncommon for people to use the holiday season to have cosmetic surgery so that they can keep their procedure secret and avoid showing their bruises to others.
With some cosmetic surgery clinics offering discounts during winter, many of those who receive a voucher for Christmas rush to have their treatment before offers expire.
However, Mike Saul, head of Cosmetic Surgery Negligence at Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors says: “I would advise anyone who receives a cosmetic surgery gift card to refrain from booking surgery right away. Take a few weeks to assess the pros and cons of your desired surgery,
The App Designed to Speed up The Cosmetic Surgery Research Process
An app has been designed to enable prospective patients to research cosmetic surgery procedures and talk to surgeons without having to leave the comfort of their own home.
‘Zwivel’ lets patients ask doctors for their opinions, access price quotations and even book appointments with just a few taps on their mobiles.
A representative said: ““Zwivel’s ‘pre-consultation’ lets doctors advise patients if a procedure is exactly what they need, if something different is needed, advise if what they are looking for is close to their budget, and more, ultimately eliminating time in their busy day.”
However, although the app’s creators claim the app is designed to help patients access the research they need, concerns have been raised that some patients could book costly and life changing procedures with very little planning and research at all.
Surgeons Call For Mandatory Mental Health Screenings
A growing number of cosmetics surgeons are screening patients for mental health issues during initial consultations.
With an increasing number of people suffering from conditions such as Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD), some surgeons have raised concerns about the risks associated with operating on patients with mental health problems.
As a result, many of those who have raised concerns are choosing to ask prospective patients a series of questions developed by Dr. Katharine Phillips, a psychiatrist and BDD researcher.
Dr Ishii, a facial plastic surgeon argues: “We are not psychiatrists, we are surgeons. So it’s unreasonable for us to guess whether someone has a mental illness.”
Virtual Reality Set To Help Cosmetic Surgery Patients See How Their Appearance Will Change
A New York-based plastic surgery clinic is the first in the US to offer 3D imaging glasses to prospective patients during consultations. The glasses allow clients to see how their appearance is likely to change after a cosmetic surgery procedure such as breast augmentation.
The 3D technology will also help patients visualise outcomes from other procedures such as liposuction and Brazilian buttock augmentation.