Hello Dr. Naderi, I am reserching Plastic surgery and wondering if you could provide me with some answers about ur practice and Plastic Surgery.
1. what are the statistics of young patients in your practice? Have the number of young patients grown in the past several years? (teen-24 Y.O)
2. what kind of procedures are young people usually seeking? (breasts..lipo, etc?)
3. also do u believe the media has an influence on some of your patients? if so how?
4. do patients in your pratcice request a “celebrity feature” ? (pamela andersons breasts, halle berry’s nose..etc.)
5. do you believe some procedures are “fads”? for example big lips are now “in” becuase of angelina jolie or a big butt is “in” because of Jennifer lopez?
please feel free to add anything information that you would like to provide
1) Younger patients make up 2 groups. The ones who come in from pediatricians and dermatologists for excision of atypical moles as well as treatment of trauma or Otoplasty (ear pinning) make up the younger of the “young group.” The other component of the “young patient population” is made up of teenagers and young adults who come in for Rhinoplasty (nose jobs).
The number and percentage has been steady and make up about 1/3 of the practice.
2) Otoplasty & Rhinoplasty make up the 2 most common cosmetic procedures. Mole excision and acne treatment are also very common. I do not perform any body plastic surgery but breast augmentation as a graduation gift is a growing phenomenon these days in affluent suburbs.
3) Absolutely. The media has a huge influence. TV shows such as Doctor 90210 and Extreme Make over have brought plastic surgery into everyone’s living rooms and made the field less of a taboo and allowed open discussion about procedures and desires. Patients bring up references to celebrities who have had good or bad plastic surgery routinely during most consultations. Many times the media depicts a one sided view and it becomes the job of each plastic surgeon to educate or re-educate his or her patients.
4) Yes. Ashley Simpson’s nose has been a popular one. By the way, most patients do not want Angelina Jolie’s lips.
5) Yes. Many procedures become fads due to celebrities and the media and many become fads due to excessive marketing and hype by the doctors or companies who are out to benefit from “selling” the procedure.