Monthly Archives: February 2013

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Plastic Surgery Statistics for 2012

The numbers are in and according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), 14.6 million cosmetic plastic surgery procedures – both minimally-invasive and surgical – were performed in the U.S. in 2012.  This number is up 5 % since 2011.

According to ASPS President Gregory Evans, MD, “For the third consecutive year, the overall growth in cosmetic surgery continues to be driven by a significant rise in minimally-invasive procedures, while surgical procedures remain relatively stable. We are aware, however, that patients who begin with less invasive treatments with a plastic surgeon may opt for more invasive, surgical procedures once required.”

The front-runners for minimally invasive procedures were as follows:

  1. Botulinum toxin type A (6.1 million procedures, up 8 percent)
  2. Soft tissue fillers (2 million procedures, up 5 percent)
  3. Chemical peel (1.1 million procedures, up 2 percent)
  4. Laser hair removal (1.1 million procedures, up 4 percent)
  5. Microdermabrasion (974,000 procedures, up 8 percent


The top five cosmetic surgical procedures were as follows:

  1. Breast augmentation (286,000 procedures, down 7 percent)
  2. Nose reshaping (243,000 procedures, no change)
  3. Liposuction (202,000 procedures, down 1 percent)
  4. Eyelid surgery (204,000 procedures, up 4 percent)
  5. Facelift (126,000 procedures, up 6 percent

We here at Parker Plastic Surgery are happy to offer many of these procedures.  If you have questions or would like to schedule your free cosmetic consultation, we invite you to contact Katie Garmon, our patient care coordinator, at 706.543.0404.

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Options for Aging Eyes

The eyes are one of the first areas of the face to show the signs of aging, which can be anything from fine lines and wrinkles to more severe under-eye bags, hollows and crepe-y skin.  We’ve addressed a couple of the aging-eye problems with our Latisse & Teamine Duo, but if you feel you might want to go a step further, there are additional options.

If you have dark circles and under-eye hollows then Juvederm, a dermal filler, may be a good option as it can be injected along the bone to plump up the area. Because Juvederm adds volume, the right amount can help camouflage depressions and dark under-eye circles.

If you have heavy bags and loose skin, a lower eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty should be considered.  When the under eyes are accompanied by heavier bags and skin that has lost its elasticity, the only way to correct the problem is with surgery. During this surgery, fat is repositioned and excess skin is removed to give a tighter, more youthful look all around.

When your eyes look younger, you will, too.  If you’d like to find out about any of these procedures or schedule your free consultation, call Katie, our patient care coordinator, at 706.543.0404 or email her at kgarmon@parkerplasticsurgery.com.

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Cup Size versus Cleavage

When it comes to their breasts, most women think of them in terms of cup size. Unfortunately, there is no uniformity when it comes to bra manufacturers. A C-cup in a Calvin Klein bra may be a B-cup at Victoria’s Secret. What really matters is proportion. When it comes to breast size, cup size isn’t as important as how your new breasts fit your body and lifestyle.

Cleavage is another topic that is usually addressed when women think about breast augmentation. It’s important to know that cleavage is more about your chest anatomy than it is actual breast size. If you have a wide chest and your breasts are set far apart, a breast augmentation will give you more fullness but not cleavage. If you have a narrow chest and your breasts sit close together, you will probably have pronounced cleavage after your surgery.

Choosing your new breast size is all about body proportion and what size you are comfortable with. that being said, at your breast augmentation consultation, you get to “try on” different size implants to give you an idea of what your new breasts will look like. Here at Parker Plastic Surgery, we usually ask patients to bring a couple of different style shirts to get an idea of how your new breasts will look in different tops. Dr. Parker and his staff will help guide you when trying on implant sizers, but we also encourage you to bring a friend or significant other if you’d like another opinion.

If you have questions or would like to schedule your complimentary cosmetic consultation, give us a call at 706.543.0404.