New Cosmetic Surgery Procedures for 2012

Laura Wallace

by Laura Wallace | January 12, 2012 @ 08:00AM

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Along with the abundance of smaller and faster cell phone apps and web devices that have recently hit the market, 2012 ushers in a plethora of exciting, new cosmetic procedures that may bring that ever-elusive promise of infinite beauty and youthfulness one step closer. The newest alternatives in cosmetic procedures range from plastic surgeries and aesthetic alterations that focus on the toes, ears and just about every area in between.

Fashion Feet – Not to be left out of the beauty regimen, your fabulous feet may be next on the list for cosmetic repairs. The latest craze in plastic surgery includes placing fat injections into the footpads and shortening the toes, procedures that may bring to mind the sexy, slender curvature of Cinderella’s sleek arches and tantalizing insteps. This trendy new procedure may provide the answer for many women who long to squeeze into scintillating, six-inch heels, but suffer from toe pain. Another way these “foot lifts” help make wearing heels more comfortable is by plumping up the soles of the feet by transferring belly fat into the balls of the feet.

Elfin Ears – If visitors from far off planets or woodsy creatures from the forest seem to be frequenting your local mall or favorite coffee shop, this trend may be hitting close to home. Elfin ears are a cutting edge fashion favorite that may or may not become more than just a passing fad. This surgical procedure involves opening the cartilage near the top of the ears and reconnecting the edges to form a point. The shape can range from almost natural in appearance to something that resembles a close relative of Spock.

Ultherapy® – A non-invasive facial rejuvenating treatment, this procedure gently heats and lifts the facial tissue to provide a smoother appearance. Without making any incisions, your plastic surgeon can produce similar results to that of a facelift. Sagging skin is also lifted as new collagen is produced in the treated area. In just 30 to 60 minutes, you can be on your way to a younger look without going under the knife.

CoolSculpting Gel – Many individuals struggle with weight loss. One alternative to traditional liposuction may come in the form of an injectable gel. Dr. Grant Stevens, a board-certified plastic surgeon in Los Angeles, uses this newest technology to help his patients with areas of stubborn fat. Although it is a new treatment, it has received the FDA’s approval as a noninvasive alternative to liposuction, according to Plastic Surgeons News.

Thermage – Although you may be familiar with the use of Thermage for treating loose facial skin, such as wrinkles around the eyes and saggy jowls, this trendy procedure is now making a debut in the arena of cellulite treatment options. Thermage may help reduce the appearance of lumpy cellulite bulges and bumps by tightening the skin that covers underlying fat pockets, creating a smoother surface. Unlike many cellulite treatments, Thermage for cellulite generally requires just one visit to produce noticeable results.

While some of these chic new procedures may appeal to you, it is important to discuss all of your options with a trained professional who is experienced in cosmetic procedures. An initial consultation with your trusted healthcare professional can provide you with realistic expectations and answers to your questions regarding the best methods of turning your beauty goals into your reality.

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