Taking the Plastic out of Surgery: Emerging Trends in Aesthetic Medicine MD Monthly April 7, 2017 Cosmetic MD, Women's By Dr. Constance Barone As a surgeon with my own practice, and over twenty years experience in cosmetic surgery, I witness a lot of emerging trends in the cosmetic industry. Recently, I’ve noticed a shift in my client’s aesthetic goals… people are looking for more natural results, and less invasive procedures to accomplish them. Yet, the term “plastic surgery,” sometimes still conjures images of invasive procedures with artificial products. However, plastic surgery doesn’t have to feel invasive, or artificial at all. In fact, it’s never been less so. Then why use the word, “plastic,” in the name? In fact, plastic surgery gets its name from the Greek word plastikos, meaning to form or mold, not from the synthetic substance. So let’s focus on the advancements in form and function that are leading the way in making cosmetic surgery one of the most innovative fields. Here are some new products, and less invasive methodologies that I use at my office to provide patients with the natural, yet enhanced look they desire, and that are changing the face of cosmetic surgery. “Ultimately, as a surgeon, my practice philosophy has always centered around helping people to feel and look like their best selves.” – Dr. Constance M. Barone Ideal Implants- As a board-certified plastic surgeon who has been practicing cosmetic surgery for over two decades, I have seen the pendulum swing back and forth in regard to breast implants. While silicone gel implants were once all the rage, a new option has emerged that’s introduced a more natural feel: the Ideal Implant. The ideal implant is a structured breast implant which combines natural feel with the safety of saline inside. It’s also incredibly safe: FDA data recently revealed that it also has the lowest rate of capsule contracture or scar formation around the implant and the lowest rupture or deflation rate. Amazingly, the Ideal Implant also comes with lifetime limited warranty. It’s not surprising that many of my patients choose Ideal Implants over other brands… and are loving it. When pursuing a natural look and feel, the ideal implant is a breakthrough advancement and one of several innovations at the forefront aesthetic medicine. NovaThreads- Nov threads are dissolvable threads that help augment the face in a way that prevents puffiness. If you’re considering facial work, they truly are a breakout option in the market to take note of. While fillers may leave the face swollen, NovaThreads are dissolvable sutures that are absorbed by the skin, and don’t require surgery to put in place. With a painless and quick procedure, it’s one of the least invasive new advancements in aesthetic medicine. It’s also something I call a “lunchtime procedure”: many of my patients come on their lunch-break and return straight to work with NovaThreads, with no downtime, no bruising, no stitches, and no scarring, and skip the after-effects of a facial lift. Healthwise, NovaThreads are one of the safest materials to be implanted in the body. Why? Your skin fully absorbs them within 4 to 6 months and won’t leave you with any scar tissue. Nova threads are an innovation I love to recommend to patients looking for a natural lift result. “Plastic surgery gets its name from the Greek word plastikos, meaning to form or mold, not from the synthetic substance.” – Dr. Constance M. Barone SmartGraft- When it came to helping patients with hair loss, hair restoration procedures used to require major surgery, leaving a large linear scar across the back of the head. Recovery time was slow and very uncomfortable. In recent years, newer follicular unit extraction (FUE) technologies have been developed, but are still slow and inefficient. SmartGraft, which takes an innovative approach to single hair follicle transplants, is a fantastic new option for both men and women searching for a permanent solution to hair loss. SmartGraft uses a combination of precision craftsmanship and state-of-the-art technology rather than a scalpel. The procedure can be done with more precision in less time than any other FUE method, and patients can go back to work in one or two days. What’s more, is it’s minimally invasive, and virtually pain-free. Most importantly, SmartGraft garners incredible results: the look and feel is completely natural. Ultimately, as a surgeon, my practice philosophy has always centered around helping people to feel and look like their best selves. That means helping people achieve their aesthetic goals, while honoring their natural look and complementing their born features to create a seamless result. By embracing cutting-edge surgical techniques like Ideal Implant, Novathreads, and SmartGraft, my clients achieve the natural, improved look they desire. While these are some emerging, cutting edge products that anyone considering cosmetic surgery should consider, there are many more. As a surgeon who prides myself in learning new techniques and advancements, I look forward to discovering more and sharing them. Dr. Barone’s office is located at 9502 Huebner Road. For more information, visit baroneplasticsurgery.com or call (210) 614-0400.