With the 2018 Oscars airing this weekend, we thought it would be fun to share some Hollywood secrets of the stars. Otoplasty, facial implants, rhinoplasty are just a few of the plastic surgery procedures featured. Considering your own star make-over?


Hydroquinone is a skin lightening ingredient included in skin care products to lighten uneven skin tone brought on by hormonal changes and excessive sun exposure. Some call it a skin bleaching agent or fade cream. In actuality the skin is not bleached rather hydroquinone (HQ) blocks the enzyme tyrosinase which controls the production of melanin in the skin. By retarding the production of melanin, skin becomes more even toned.


Are you thinking about breast augmentation but are confused by the different types of implants available? Breast augmentation is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures, with a whopping  290,000+ procedures in 2013. With such a sought after procedure, implant manufacturers are designing for the masses, offering more shapes, sizes and textures than in the previous decades. Before the re-introduction of safer silicone implants in 2006, most women received saline round implants. Period.


Breasts are as individual to a woman as the choice of the bra she carries them around in. Thank goodness for variety – since not every woman wants to be Barbie.


Social sharing sites such as Instagram and Snapchat have given a platform to a proliferation of selfies. And with it, an increase in the number of young patients seeking to improve certain facial characteristics in order to turn out a better image of themselves. Millions of young women and men now can “share and compare” facial features and unfortunately, the competition is stiff. Not against one another per se, but from the outer selfie and the inner self.


In these days of body acceptance, breast size and shape is still a concern for some women. No matter their age or body type, some women are unhappy with their breasts. Breast augmentation with implants can correct small breasts that lack fat and tissue, breasts that are uneven in size, and can provide fullness after time, after massive weight loss or pregnancy.


With a nod to the popular FX television series Nip/Tuck which showcased medical procedures from breast augmentations to vaginoplasty, our nipple/tuck blog explores nipple reduction. Enlarged nipples are frequently seen in women of color. Women of Asian or African American descent tend to have more prominent nipples. In Caucasian women, enlarged nipples are often the result of breast feeding.


Through the ages, women have sought to enhance their natural beauty through cosmetics – as much for their own self-image as to attract the opposite sex.   In the 20th century, a new “cosmetic” was introduced in the form of aesthetic plastic surgery.   From facelifts to breast augmentations, women have embraced plastic surgery as a way of self-improvement.


Back pain and shoulder pain, ill-fitting clothes, low self-esteem are just some of the reasons large-breasted women undergo breast reduction or mammoplasty. The surgery removes excess skin and tissue, reducing the weight of the breasts so they project outward, not downward. One hurdle stands in the way of a good breast reduction result – the integrity of the skin.


Cosmetic surgery is rapidly evolving. As new cosmetic surgery techniques, technologies and tools become available, Changes Plastic Surgery & Spa strives to keep pace.