It’s been years since I’ve blogged for Plastic Surgery Uncut. I worked for Dr. Walden as a premedical student in New York City, shadowing her and gaining clinical experience. Now, I’m a first-year medical student at the Icahn School of Medicine (formerly Mount Sinai School of Medicine) in New York City, pursuing an MD/MPH degree.
I’ve been wanting to return to this blog for some time now as I always enjoy writing. Therefore, it is only appropriate that I blog about my favorite celebrity and her recent medical endeavor.
Angelina Jolie, arguably one of the world’s most beautiful women, recently underwent a preventive double mastectomy. After learning that she carries the BRCA1 gene, a gene linked to a significant increase in breast and ovarian cancer, she elected to have both breasts removed. In doing so she has reduced her chances of getting breast cancer to “under 5%” (though it varies for each individual).
Angelina Jolie underwent three different procedures. The first was called “nipple delay” which she describes in her NY Times Op-Ed piece, “rules out disease in the breast ducts behind the nipple and draws extra blood flow to the area. This causes some pain and a lot of bruising, but it increases the chance of saving the nipple.” She then underwent a second procedure to remove the breast tissue, and a final procedure to reconstruct her breasts through the use of an implant.
Two genes BRCA1 and BRCA 2 are associated with a risk for developing breast cancer. Many women who know they carry one or both of these genes undergo a preventive mastectomy. Angelina Jolie says, “I feel empowered that I made a strong choice that in no way diminishes my femininity.”
Before and After Mommy Makeover: Antes y después: retos y riesgos del ‘Mommy Makeover’
Check out Dr. Jennifer Walden being interviewed on Univision in the second segment of this two part series on the trends of Hispanic plastic surgery being on the rise as well as friends getting plastic surgery together! See the before and afters as well:
In this segment, Yolanda and Ivy are recovering from breast augmentation, tummy tuck and suction assisted lipectomy (liposuction), after having undergone the surgery at Dr. Walden’s AAAASF accredited office operating room. Friends getting plastic surgery together is nothing new; they serve as a constant source of support for each other as confidantes often do. It also isn’t uncommon to see mothers and daughters or husbands and wives getting procedures around the same time. It is important for each patient to have a reliable caregiver besides the other person getting surgery so that they can recover with enough care and personal attention to optimize their outcome and results.
You can learn more about these rising trends on Dr. Walden’s website here.
Echa un vistazo a la Dra. Jennifer Walden siendo entrevistado por la cadena Univision en el segundo segmento de esta serie de dos partes acerca de las tendencias de la cirugía plástica hispana de estar en el lugar, así como amigos someterse a una cirugía plástica juntos! Ver el antes y afters, así:
En este segmento, Yolanda y la hiedra se está recuperando de aumento de senos, abdominoplastia y lipectomía de succión asistida (liposucción), después de haber experimentado la cirugía en AAAASF habitación acreditado Dr. Walden operativo de la oficina. Amigos hacerse una cirugía plástica juntos no es nada nuevo, sino que servirá como una fuente constante de apoyo mutuo como confidentes a menudo. Tampoco es raro ver a madres e hijas, esposos o esposas recibiendo procedimientos en torno a la misma hora. Es importante que cada paciente tiene un cuidador fiable, además de la persona que someterse a una cirugía para que puedan recuperarse con bastante cuidado y una atención personalizada para optimizar sus resultados y resultados.
Usted puede aprender más acerca de estas tendencias crecientes en el sitio web del Dr. Walden aquí.
Check out Dr. Jennifer Walden in the first of a two part series on Univision in Austin, Texas on Hispanic plastic surgery. Best friends Yolanda and Ivy undergo mommy makeover just one week apart in the segment, and get breast augmentation, tummy tuck and liposuction.
Plastic surgery is becoming more popular for people of color — more African-American, Hispanic, and Asian-American individuals are having plastic surgery, both to enhance the face and and the body. In 2011, there were 1,609,372 cosmetic procedures performed on Hispanics. This was an increase of 8% from 2010, in which 1,489,152 procedures were performed.
Every year, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) publishes a report of the prior year’s procedure statistics. They consider both cosmetic procedures and minimally invasive procedures. They also categorize their statistics by gender, age, region, and race. The most popular surgical cosmetic procedures for Hispanics in 2011 were the same as in 2010; however, the order of popularity has changed.
In 2010, liposuction was the second most popular procedure for Hispanics. In 2011, it moved into the number one position. Liposuction involves removing unwanted fat from certain areas to redefine the contours of the body. It can be done on body parts both above the waist and below the waist. While the ideal candidates are at or near their ideal weight, more and more liposuction is being used for heavier people for “debulking” purposes.
In the number one position in 2010, breast augmentation moved into the number two position in 2011 for the Hispanic population. Breast augmentation involves enhancing the shape and increasing the size of the breasts with saline or silicone implants. It can be done through various incisions — armpit, areola, and breast inframammary crease. A person’s own fat can also be used to enhance the breasts if enough fat is available. While the use of breast implants are more predictable and a larger breast size can be attained, the use of fat avoids the use of an implant.
Rhinoplasty involves surgical reshaping of the nose. It can narrow a wide nose, give definition to a bulbous tip, elevate a droopy tip, and remove a large hump.
The term Hispanic refers to a wide variety of peoples. People known as Hispanic in the United States can be descendants from Spain, Portugal, Mexico, or other countries, and the appearances between groups can vary widely. The “classic” Hispanic nose, however, is one that has some features similar to many African-American noses. The tip is not pointed and the nose and/or nostrils may be wider.
At one point in time, the goal of rhinoplasty was to make all noses thin with narrow nostrils, regardless of the other facial features. Currently, the goal of rhinoplasty is to make a nose that is in harmony with the other facial features. The goal of Hispanic rhinoplasty surgery, then, is not to create a Caucasian nose, but to create a nose that is compatible with the Hispanic face.
While the purpose of rhinoplasty in Caucasians is usually to make the nose smaller, so that the tip is not so far away from the face, nose surgery in Hispanics typically involves increasing the nose’s projection, so it is not as flat, and narrowing of the nostrils.
Echa un vistazo a la Dra. Jennifer Walden en la primera de una serie de dos partes acerca de Univision en Austin, Texas en la cirugía plástica hispana. Los mejores amigos de Yolanda y Ivy someterse makeover de la mama sólo una semana de diferencia en el segmento, y obtener el aumento de senos, abdominoplastia y liposucción.
La cirugía plástica es cada vez más popular para la gente de color - los individuos más afro-americanos, hispanos y asiáticos en Estados Unidos a realizar una cirugía plástica, tanto para mejorar la cara y el cuerpo y la. En 2011, había 1.609.372 procedimientos cosméticos realizados en los hispanos. Esto representa un incremento del 8% a partir de 2010, en la que los procedimientos se realizaron 1.489.152.
Cada año, la Sociedad Americana de Cirujanos Plásticos (ASPS) publica un informe de estadísticas de procedimientos del año anterior. Se consideran ambos procedimientos cosméticos y procedimientos mínimamente invasivos. También categorizan sus estadísticas por sexo, edad, región y raza. El más popular de los procedimientos quirúrgicos cosméticos para los hispanos en 2011 fueron los mismos que en 2010, sin embargo, la orden de popularidad ha cambiado.
En 2010, la liposucción fue el segundo procedimiento más popular para los hispanos. En 2011, se trasladó a la posición número uno. La liposucción consiste en la remoción de grasa no deseada de áreas determinadas para redefinir los contornos del cuerpo. Se puede hacer en las partes del cuerpo, tanto por encima de la cintura y por debajo de la cintura. Mientras que los candidatos ideales están en o cerca de su peso ideal, más y más la liposucción se utiliza para las personas más pesadas para “debulking” propósitos.
Aumento de senos
En la posición número uno en el 2010, el aumento de senos se trasladó a la posición número dos en 2011 para la población hispana. El aumento del pecho implica mejorar la forma y el aumento del tamaño de los senos con solución salina o los implantes de silicona. Se puede hacer a través de incisiones diferentes - axila, la areola y el pliegue inframamario pecho. Grasa propia de una persona también se puede utilizar para aumentar los senos si se dispone de suficiente grasa. Mientras que el uso de los implantes de mama son más predecibles y un tamaño de pecho más grande puede ser alcanzado, el uso de grasa evita el uso de un implante.
La rinoplastia consiste en la remodelación quirúrgica de la nariz. Se puede reducir una nariz ancha, dan definición a una punta bulbosa, elevar una punta caída y eliminar una gran joroba.
El término hispano se refiere a una amplia variedad de los pueblos. Personas conocidas como hispanos en los Estados Unidos pueden ser descendientes de España, Portugal, México y otros países, y las apariciones entre los grupos pueden variar ampliamente. El “clásico” nariz hispana, sin embargo, es uno que tiene algunas características similares a muchos afroamericanos narices. La punta no es puntiaguda y la nariz y / o los orificios nasales puede ser más amplio.
En un momento en el tiempo, el objetivo de la rinoplastia era hacer que todas nariz delgada, con ventanas estrechas, independientemente de los rasgos faciales. En la actualidad, el objetivo de la rinoplastia es hacer que una nariz que está en armonía con las características faciales. El objetivo de la cirugía de rinoplastia hispana, entonces, no es crear una nariz caucásica, sino para crear una nariz que es compatible con la cara hispana.
Si bien el objetivo de la rinoplastia en los caucásicos suele hacer la nariz más pequeña, de modo que la punta no está tan lejos de la cara, la cirugía de nariz en los hispanos por lo general consiste en aumentar la proyección de la nariz, por lo que no es tan plana, y el estrechamiento de la ventanas de la nariz.
Dr. Jennifer Walden has finally returned to her roots! After completing an aesthetic surgery fellowship at the Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital, building a successful aesthetic surgery practice in New York City, Dr. Walden has finally returned to her hometown - Austin, Texas.
Texas Monthly was one of the first to get the inside scoop on the doctor’s major move back to the Capital and her transition from one practice on Manhattan’s tony Upper East Side to the Lone Star State.
Read all about her in this month’s issue of Texas Monthly, y’all!
Dr. Walden has been practicing plastic surgery for eight years, focusing exclusively on cosmetic surgery, including breast augmentations, face-lifts, eyelid lifts, and rhinoplasties, commonly referred to as nose jobs. She also performs liposuction on the abdomen, inner thighs, and arms – and minimally invasive procedures such as Botox injections and soft-tissue fillers.
Dr. Walden believes, however, that being a female plastic surgeon has its advantages. 91 percent of all cosmetic surgeries are performed on women. And the majority of those women do not have procedures to replicate the male ideal archetype of that perfect figure that society perpetuates.
“Many of my patients tell me they are more comfortable talking to another woman about certain parts of their body. They also know I will never look at them judgmentally,” Dr. Walden said in the article as told to the uber-talented writer, Skip Hollandsworth, of Texas Monthly.
Many women look to plastic surgery to overcome body deformities, or because they are embarrassed by asymmetries their body may have. Or their body has gone through significant changes after giving birth and they not only want to feel like their old self post-pregnancy.
Proud mother of eighteen month-old twin boys, Dr. Walden has also gone through many of the same experiences as her patients. She confidently understands what her patient’s wants and needs are, and she is not ashamed to admit what procedures she may undergo in the future.
Although happy to return to her hometown, where her sons will be closer to her family, Dr. Walden did express concerns about leaving her successful NYC practice to start up a new one, in a city known for being au natural. Dr. Walden was nervous that Austin’s residents might be less receptive to cosmetic procedures than the residents of New York’s Upper East Side.
Much to Dr. Walden’s surprise, by the time her plane landed in Texas, two patients had already booked surgery to have their breast enhancement. Texans, Dr. Walden and her staff have discovered, have as much of a desire for cosmetic work as people anywhere else.
Dr. Walden admits that sometimes she is asked why she chose cosmetic surgery over another specialty. Her response is always the same. She says one of her goals is to help women improve upon themselves. Surgery often times is a way for women to have a better quality of life and improved self-confidence.
“If I thought my work was simply an exercise in vanity, I wouldn’t do it,” Dr. Walden said in conclusion to the article.
It used to be that you would go to a salon to get your hair and nails done but these days salons offer all kinds of beauty treatments including cosmetic injectables and even more invasive procedures. The prices can be very cheap, but the results can be catastrophic.
On this episode of KVUE’s HealthVue, Dr. Jennifer Walden is interviewed on why it is crucial for consumers to take a second look and ask more questions. Notably, there was a dramatic case out of Miami last year when reports surfaced about illegal cosmetic injections being performed on several women. “Doctors” were accused of injecting these women with substances like mineral oil, super glue, concrete, and Fix-a-Flat. The women reportedly were getting buttock injections in hopes of attaining a healthy “backside”, but they could have lifetime disfigurement as a result.
Last month, in Tyler, Texas, a salon owner was arrested for injecting clients in the breast and buttocks with an unknown substance (likely automotive grade silicone) and closing it with a superglue-type sealant. Why would someone get this done to their body? Perhaps it is the very low cost and the lack of information about what these victims are being injected with.
As Dr. Walden explains, it is important that patients are educated about the three P’s: Product, Practitioner, and Place.
1. Product - Make sure the product you are getting injected with is an FDA approved product for the particular area you are wanting injected. The FDA has approved certain products for injection into different regions of the face for cosmetic purposes, like Botox, Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse, and Sculptra. There is no synthetic material that has been approved by the FDA for injection in the breast so that is a red flag itself. Ask what neurotoxin or filler is being used, and even research the product labeling online. If a provider refuses or is unable to tell you what material you are being injected with, do not let that person treat you.
2.Practitioner – Know what type of practitioner to go to like a physician trained to do cosmetic procedures or his/her designee such as a physician’s assistant, nurse practitioner, or registered nurse with cosmetic injection training. Go to a doctor in one of the core specialties like plastic surgery, dermatology, or otolaryngology who is also board-certified in that specialty.
3. Place - Don’t get injected in a place that you feel uncomfortable undergoing a procedure in such as a salon, mall, or private home. These are medical procedures and they ideally should be performed in a medical office or medical facility due to its sanitary environment with resources at hand. Often the price may seem too good to pass up, but if you hear of a Groupon ad that’s too good to be true or a salon owner that is offering rock bottom prices on something that is going to be injected in your face or body, let the buyer beware as it be dangerous or even fatal. Even at a Botox “party” or event, a physician must be supervising anyone who is doing these procedures and they must the appropriate credentials, meaning they have to be a registered nurse, nurse practitioner, or physician’s assistant with special training to administer cosmetic injectables.
In other words, do your research, ask questions, and become informed!