Information about scar-free facelift techniques in New York, NY with Dr. Andrew Jacono.
Plastic Surgery’s Steep Rise
Over the last two decades, more and more people have decided to undergo cosmetic procedures. This is due to several factors, including the advent of social media and ever-changing modern beauty standards. Influencers and celebrities, too, are always advocating for new anti-aging solutions.
In 2005, in the United States alone, over 2 million plastic surgery procedures were performed. These included rhinoplasties, eyelid lifts, facelifts, neck lifts, and lip and cheek augmentations. Additionally, 9.3 million non-surgical cosmetic treatments were performed. These included Botox, Restylane, Juvéderm, and other safe injectables. These statistics marked an overall increase of 444% in the last decade, and a quarter of those who had work done were under the age of 35.
“The recent rise in plastic surgery has been staggering,” says Dr. Jacono. “In the last fifteen years, I’ve seen thousands of patients from all walks of life. Older patients tend to opt for more dramatic procedures, like facelifts and neck lifts. Younger patients usually choose more minimally invasive options, like Botox or hyaluronic acid injections. In all cases, patients want to look their very best.”
Why the Sudden Boom?
Plastic surgery wasn’t always part of mainstream conversations. In fact, since its inception, it has been taboo. This is because the public witnessed only the worst outcomes. Celebrities and cultural icons, like Jocelyn Wildenstein and Mickey Rourke, came out of the operating room looking distorted and cat-like. The average person became understandably afraid of plastic surgery.
“For most of plastic surgery’s history, doctors have been sworn to secrecy,” says Dr. Jacono. “There has always been an unfortunate perception that if you get cosmetic surgery, you’re weak, or don’t deserve it. This couldn’t be further from the truth. It is completely acceptable to get help to look your best.”
In the previous few years, a record number of people have flocked to dermatologists and plastic surgeons alike. The Kardashian-Jenners and their colleagues are partly responsible for this shift, having been candid about their experiences with cosmetic treatments. Kim Kardashian, for example, revealed that she regularly has Botox and filler injections. These treatments keep her looking as young and beautiful as possible. Other major celebrities are happy to share their experiences. Jessica Simpson, for example, had her lips plumped at 25, and her younger sister, Ashlee, is rumored to have had a nose job.
This sort of openness bleeds into other media, as well. Television programs like Nip/Tuck and Extreme Makeover have further dissolved taboos. Botched is another excellent example of television that explores the implications of cosmetic surgery. These shows have helped people feel more comfortable discussing plastic surgery, and, in some cases, going through with it.
“I routinely have patients come to my office asking to look like specific celebrities,” says Dr. Jacono. “Some want to look like Kendall Jenner, some want to look like Kaley Cuoco, some want to look like Marc Jacobs. What these influences have in common is the fact that they’ve talked publicly about their forays into effective cosmetic treatments. This proves that honest discussion about plastic surgery positively impacts people’s decisions.”
A Personal Story
Caroline, a prospective patient, was unhappy with her cheeks. She thought that they were saggy and wrinkled and didn’t fit her face. She decided to visit a facial plastic surgeon, hoping he would give her sound advice. However, her doctor recommended a ‘Thread Lift,’ a nonsurgical procedure that temporarily lifts sagging skin and stimulates collagen production.
“I wanted a permanent fix,” says Caroline. “I didn’t want to undergo any procedure that would require me to do more in the future.”
So, Caroline traveled to New York for an endoscopic facelift with Dr. Jacono. This procedure is advertised as scar-free, meaning it leaves behind no visible marks. A few months after her treatment, Caroline is thrilled with her results.
“My face had become a square, and now, it’s heart-shaped again. I feel so good and younger than my years. The facelift has been such a blessing.” Caroline believes she won’t need another treatment for the rest of her life.
Who Is Dr. Jacono?
Dr. Andrew Jacono, M.D., FACS specializes in minimally invasive facial rejuvenation procedures. He is an assistant clinical professor at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. The head of facial plastic surgery at North Shore University Hospital, Dr. Jacono is also a fellowship director for the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
Dr. Jacono has been published in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal and in the Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery. He has been featured on Good Morning America, Anderson, CNN, USA Today, Parade, and Newsweek.
Dr. Jacono’s television series, Facing Trauma, appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Network. He is a senior advisor to FACE TO FACE, a nonprofit organization that provides pro-bono surgery to domestic violence victims. He is a volunteer surgeon for Healing the Children and routinely embarks on medical missions to treat children with birth defects.