Poll Shows that Majority of Americans Disagree with the Proposed Cosmetic Surgery Tax

The biggest story in the plastic and cosmetic surgery world right now is the proposed cosmetic surgery tax. It is comically referred to as the “Botax” because it would put a government tax on elective cosmetic surgery procedures; but many Americans don’t think that there is anything comical about it.

According to a recent article in Medical News Today, a poll surveying 1,000 Americans found that people oppose the cosmetic tax by a 52 – 43 percent margin. The proposal recommends a 5 percent excise tax to be placed on cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures, including popular injectables like Botox® and Juvederm® as well as breast reduction surgery, facelifts, and liposuction. The tax would not apply to any reconstructive procedures and is expected to raise $5.8 billion over the next ten years to help pay for the government’s healthcare reform plan.

Critics of the plan say that the tax would disproportionately affect middle-class women, who are the most likely to opt for these types of procedures. Americans too, according to the poll, were more likely to disagree with the tax once they discovered that 60 percent of potential plastic surgery patients reported a household income of 30K to 90K a year. The poll also found that people the age of 45 or older, were more likely to oppose the tax. This is not surprising, as many people opt for plastic surgery to combat the effects of aging.

Whether you agree with the proposed cosmetic surgery tax or not is a personal decision; but we will continue to follow this story to see if it makes it into the final health care reform bill. More up to date articles are being posted onto Southern Plastic Surgery’s Facebook fan page. Click here to become a fan of Dr. Whiteman and Southern Plastic Surgery.

Nipple Correction Surgery can be the Key to a Better Breast Enhancement

Breast augmentations and breast lifts are among the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures in the nation; but many women don’t realize how much the nipple and surrounding dark area (the areola) around the nipple can affect the look of the overall breast. Thus more and more people are opting for nipple or areola correction surgery (also known as Areola mastopexy), a reconstructive surgery to correct aesthetic problems by changing the shape and size of the nipple.

Nipple correction can give your breasts a whole new look, without having to undergo extensive surgery. In fact, the procedure is an in-office procedure, only requires local anesthesia, and no downtime. Nipple correction is most often done in conjunction with other breast enhancement procedures.

Patients who seek reconstructive surgery on their nipples are often unsatisfied with an areola that is too large, of unusual shape, or one that protrudes out. For patients such as these, nipple reduction or nipple prominence reduction would be recommended. This is a procedure that involves telescoping the nipple to make it look less prominent in clothing, without affecting nipple sensation or the ability to breastfeed.

Some women wish to correct the “stretched” look of their nipples caused by a condition known as ptosis, or the stretching of breast skin, loss of breast fullness, and the subsequent downward projection of the nipple. This can often be corrected by a donut mastoplexy, which involves the removal of a donut-shaped piece of tissue around the areola, resulting in a flatter, rounder breast and nipple shape.

Others opt for a lifting surgical technique, also called a crescent mastoplexy, where the nipple is elevated on the breast to make breasts appear perkier or more lifted without undergoing a breast lift procedure. This procedure involves excising a crescent-shaped piece of excess skin from above the nipple, allowing the nipple to be lifted and repositioned.

Others come in to correct a fairly common condition called an inverted nipple or a cosmetic deformity in which the nipple is retracted into the breast tissue instead of pointing outward. There are three grades of inverted nipples, rising in severity, and the inversion can be present in one or both breasts.

Whatever aesthetic feature you wish to correct, it is important to acknowledge the variety of options available to cosmetic surgery patients. While breast lift and breast augmentation procedures are the still the most realistic options for enhancing the look of the breasts, nipple revision surgery may be a viable option for a select few.

Consult with Dr. Whiteman at Southern Plastic Surgery to discover which option will be the best for your breast enhancement needs.

Watch a clip of Dr. Whiteman on “The Real Housewives of Atlanta’

Here is a clip of Dr. Whiteman on ‘The Real Housewives of Atlanta’ discussing with NeNe about getting smaller breast implants.

When a patient is unhappy with the breast augmentation they received at another practice, Dr. Whiteman will work with patients on what he calls a ‘breast revision‘ to create a new, shared vision and look.

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