Monthly Archives: February 2011

Survey Says: 30% of Women Over 40 Want a FaceLift

According to a new survey, over a third of women over 40 are concerned enough about their appearance that they would definitely consider plastic surgery if they could afford it. The average age the women surveyed believed was the best age for plastic surgery is 52, 41 weeks and four days. Also, according to those surveyed, 20% of the surveyed women between 40 and 60 said they would gladly get a face lift to smooth out the signs of aging if money were no object.

In my Bakersfield plastic surgery practice, women start coming to us on a regular basis in their early 30’s, principally to put off facial rejuvenation surgery, such as a face lift, by having dermal fillers and Botox injections, as well as facial treatments with our aesthetician, Terra. Through the judicious use of these facial treatments, patients can forestall the need for more invasive treatments for many years.

Did you know that dermal fillers, for example, can be injected to lift the cheek area, which also lifts the jowls, one of the first signs in an aging face? It’s true. You can literally have a “liquid facelift” through the proper placement of these fillers, all without surgery. Now, eventually, aging will continue to the point where even the best and best-placed fillers won’t do the trick, and at that time you’ll need to decide whether or not you want to have surgical face lift. However, as fillers become more and more advanced, that stage is put off longer and longer. If you aren’t certain whether your facial aging can be managed with fillers vs surgery, give Terra a call and ask for her consultation. I can also examine your face to help you understand your options.

What do you think about this? Are you taking advantage of skin treatments and dermal fillers to put off surgery until much later?

To your health & wellness,

Dr. Vip Dev


What’s the real price of international plastic surgery?

In these financially challenging times, it’s only logical that we seek out the best value for our dollar, whether it’s for a box of laundry detergent or a breast augmentation. The difference, of course, is that a box of Cheer is the same box of Cheer whether you pay $3.65 at Albertson’s or $3.52 at Target. It makes perfect sense to purchase it wherever it’s cheaper. Cosmetic surgery is different. The price you pay may or may not reflect the skill and experience of the surgeon you’ve chosen because each cosmetic surgeon has different qualifications, skills and experience.

New York State’s Attorney General recently charged a Manhattan-based Dominican Republic doctor with unauthorized practice of a profession because this surgeon advertised cheap plastic surgery, then examined the patients in Manhattan before they flew to the Dominican Republic for the actual procedure. Evidently, many of his patients developed severe infections and disfigurement. They saved money, but what was the ultimate cost?

You must examine the background of any surgeon you interview about cosmetic surgery, whether they’re based overseas or here in Bakersfield. Cosmetic surgery may be cheaper in another country, but the cost of airfare, hotel, meals and the need to bring a companion can offset those potential savings. Surgical instruments, anesthesia, implants, dressings and all the things that go into a safe surgical environment cost roughly the same for every surgeon, but the skill and experience of the surgeon is what matters most. The difference of even a few thousand dollars is meaningless over time if you’re left with unsightly results or, worse, complications from infection or poorly administered anesthesia.

You can’t put a price tag on your body or your health. Cosmetic surgery isn’t like a box of Cheer or any other commodity. Since you wouldn’t hire an unqualified person to work on your car, why do so with your body?

To your health & beauty,

Dr. Vip Dev