If you want to know what trends are hot in plastic surgery, consult Dr. Anthony Youn, a board-certified plastic surgeon and an assistant professor at the William Beaumont School of Medicine in Michigan. He is a regular on such programs as the Rachael Ray Show, CBS’s The Early Show, and The Doctors, where he quite likely dished on some of the latest procedures celebs are flocking to. He’s a regular contributor to the national media on women’s health and beauty and is always on the hunt for new beauty treatments. His personal and humorous memoir about becoming a doctor, In Stitches, was published in February 2012 by Gallery Books. After completing his general surgery and plastic surgery training at the Grand Rapids MERC Plastic Surgery Residency Program, Dr. Youn completed an aesthetic plastic surgery fellowship with a Beverly Hills plastic surgeon. Although he could have remained a plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills, he decided to return home to Michigan to establish a plastic surgery practice in metro Detroit.
Tell us a bit about your background. How did you come to choose plastic surgery as your specialty?
It took me until the last year of medical school to decide what type of physician I wanted to be. For years, I fumbled from specialty to specialty, none striking me as “the one.” Then I encountered the field of plastic surgery. Every physician encounters patients during the course of their training and practice that makes a mark on them, patients whom we never forget. A few of these patients opened my eyes to the amazing field of plastic surgery. I wrote about some of them in my award-winning memoir, In Stitches.
What trends are you seeing in plastic surgery? What procedures are most requested in your practice?
My most requested surgical procedure is breast augmentation, followed by tummy tucks, and then facelifts. That being said, my practice is definitely seeing a trend towards minimally invasive procedures. The number of patients undergoing Botox, injectable fillers, and laser treatments is growing considerably. Botox is the most popular treatment overall, with my office seeing approximately 6-8 Botox patients per day.
What do you recommend to patients who want facial firming but aren’t ready for a facelift?
There is really no substitute for a good facelift. Therefore, any procedure that takes the place of a facelift demands considerable counseling to make sure expectations are met. For those patients who want to firm their skin, but don’t want a facelift, I often recommend the Obagi Blue Peel and/or Syneron ReFirme (eMatrix) treatments.
Many OTC cosmetic products claim to mimic plastic surgery. What do you think of these products and do they work?
It all comes down to expectations. There are some OTC products that can give instant and visible results, without hurting the pocketbook or causing discomfort. I’ve tested some of these OTC products on various television shows. One of my favorites is Sudden Change Undereye Firming Serum. It costs less than $15 and can create a dramatic, but temporary, reduction in the puffiness and wrinkles under the eyes. Another good one is Bremenn Labs’ Instant Forehead Smoother. It’s not Botox, but it does work nicely with immediate, temporary results.
Let’s dish. What’s the worst celebrity facelift you’ve seen in a while and whose nose really suffered at the hands of a surgeon?
I was really shocked the other day when photos surfaced of Mickey Rourke apparently getting more plastic surgery. Maybe a facelift, browlift, and eye lifts? He really doesn’t need any more work done, in my opinion. Probably the worst nose in Hollywood is Janet Jackson’s. Like her talented late brother, her nose just keeps shrinking and shrinking.
What’s next for aesthetic medicine and plastic surgery? What new technologies or treatments are coming down the pike?
This is an exciting time for plastic surgery. There are a number of products and devices currently in the FDA approval pipeline that are being eagerly anticipated by plastic surgeons. Some of these could be considered possible game changers. The Ideal Implant is a saline-filled breast implant with specialized inner chambers that cause it to mimic a silicone implant in feel. A botulinum toxin cream is currently being tested, and could hit the market over the next year. Ultrashape and TiteFX are two new non-invasive body-contouring devices that could continue the expansion of non-surgical fat reduction. And we’re still waiting for the FDA approval of the form-stable (gummy bear) breast implants!