Allure Magazine Gets It Right….Mostly


Recently Allure Magazine  published an article on what they see as the 11 most overrated cosmetic surgery procedures. Most of the time, beauty magazines get it all wrong.  Let’s take a look and see how Allure scores.

1. The “Vampire” Facelift
Ok people, there’s nothing TrueBlood about this procedure? This is a marketing name for procedure that doesn’t work.  This injection is of the protein rich plasma derived from the patient’s own blood (hence the Vampire reference) added to traditional fillers. The only thing Vampire about this procedure is that the money is getting sucked out of your bank account. Point goes to Allure on this one.

2. Laser Liposuction
Laser Liposuction, aka “smart liposuction,” has been around for about six years. To sum it up really quickly….if there is any skin tightening, it’s too little to notice.  There is also risk of prolonged pain or even burns from the heat generated when in the hands of an incompetent practitioner.  And believe me, there’s plenty of them out there.  This is definitely an overrated procedure which is no better (and possibly worse) than other techniques of liposuction. Another point for Allure.

3. Stem-cell Facelift
So far Allure is 3 for 3.  Stem-cells are the new “buzz word” in the medical field.  Here’s the cold hard truth when talking about the use in the face.  It’s really just fat-grafting to the face to increase the volume and provide a more youthful appearance.  Yes, there are stem-cells in the fat, but are they really doing anything?  The jury is still out.  Recently, the New York Times wrote a very good article about it this week. As we age, part of the natural aging process is losing fat in the face.  Fat-grafting to the face is done by removing fat via liposuction from another part of the body, spinning it down in a centrifuge and injecting it into the face.  Sounds easy right?  NO!  Fat-grafting to the face is an art and should only be done by the most skilled board-certified plastic surgeons.

4. Scupltra and Artefill for lips.
NO….NO…and NO!!  Sculptra is a wonderful product!  I have had it myself for fat atrophy of the face. You don’t see a lot of board certified plastic surgeons utilizing Artefill these days.  There are many other better fillers available.  Allure scores 1 more point.

5. Silicone Cheek Implants
Allure gets ½ point here. Cheek implants work wonders in the right patient.  Unfortunately, there are many people that have done this surgery on the wrong patient or with the wrong implants creating that “overdone” look.

6. Ultherapy
I have to admit, until this report, I haven’t even heard of Ultherapy.  I did some research and from what I can tell, it is a very expensive, ineffective torture treatment.  There’s a lot of research being done in the “skin tightening” arena.  Whoever develops a technology that really works will be a Zillionaire, but it doesn’t look like it will be Ultherapy.  Good job Allure….another point.

7. Fat injection for Breasts
Another ½ point for Allure.  Fat injection for the breasts is also getting a lot of attention now.  The upside:  Your own natural tissue.  The downside:  Not as easy as breast implants, may require multiple surgeries, and more expensive.  Also, we don’t know if there is an increase in breast cancer.  Much more research needs to be done.

8. Brachioplasty (Arm Lift)
Brachioplasty is not an operation for people looking for toning of the upper arm or small amount of loose skin.  For patients that have massive weight loss, this can be a great procedure.  I don’t think this procedure is overrated as many patients really need to remove excess skin after massive weight loss.  The downside is the scar.  The scar will go from the armpit to the elbow.  I’ll give ½ point to Allure for this one.

9. Butt Implants
Yes…Yes….and Yes.  Overrated!  Good job Allure – 1 point.

10. Zerona Fat Melting Laser
I almost want to give Allure 2 points for this one.  Highly overrated and not worth me typing one more letter about it.

11. Foot Lifts
Last point going to Allure.  Foot surgery is high risk for complications even when medically necessary.  Unless you want to create a new fashion look with designer crutches and podiatry boots….Don’t DO IT!

I think Allure did a good job, scoring 10 out of 11, for determining if a procedure is overrated or not.  That’s better than most Beauty Magazines!!

While I love new treatments and technologies, you definitely have to have the “Buyer Beware” mentality.  If it sounds too good to be true, then it is!  Use common sense and don’t get caught up in the hype.  Procedures that work will have real science and long term studies to back them up.  They must have minimal risks and true benefits.  As one of your best girlfriends, I will do my best to keep it real for you.

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