are countless cosmetic surgical procedures out there designed to make
someone look more appealing from head to toe. Two of the latest
surgeries, targeted specifically for the head and toe, are gaining
some traction in different parts of the country. According to some
local experts, these procedures may not be the best for people who
simply desire an enhanced outward appearance.
face-lift involves injecting a platelet-rich gel derived from a
patientís own blood into the patientís face in hopes of
diminishing wrinkles and other age-related imperfections.
really isnít anything new," says Dr. Andrew Campbell owner and
founder of Campbell Facial Plastic Surgery in Mequon, who is also the
chairman of the emerging trends and technology committee at the
American Academy of Facial and Reconstructive Surgeries. "They
trademarked this Vampire face-lift name and then they get Kim
Kardashian to get a treatment and it goes a little crazy."
offer that procedure. Thereís no science behind the blood
part," Campbell says. "We do a lot of H.A. (hyaluronic acid)
fillers and they work great. Weíre very results-oriented. Weíre
not going to market something that doesnít have science and facts
behind it. We can do something a lot simpler and less expensive."
big thing" is business as usual in this business. "Every
year or two thereís something thatís promoted and then it kind of
falls to the wayside," Campbell says.
face-lift contains a proprietary process for dealing with blood. The
group marketing the procedure is now seeking to expand into forehead
lifts and skin treatments, but there has been no consensus in the
medical community about the effectiveness of using platelet-rich
will show a benefit, the next study doesnít," Campbell says.
"Certainly thereís nothing negative about a vampire lift. But
is it really going to be doing something good? I would say the juryís
As they happily
greet warmer temperatures by wearing sandals and open-toed shoes, some
women are unhappily looking at their feet that will be exposed this
summer. And a rising number of those women are considering foot lift
operations, basically, face-lifts for the feet.
procedure, toes can be shortened or straightened, or by having tissue
removed, show less girth. The shortening process involves cutting
through the bone, removing a section of the bone and then joining the
remaining sections together using a metal fastener and allowing the
bone to heal over time.
podiatrists have done this procedure for cases of misaligned toes and
where the toes were causing difficulty with walking or wearing regular
shoes," says Dr. Mark Blake, a board certified plastic and
reconstructive surgeon at Milwaukeeís Clinic of Cosmetic Surgery.
there are a lot of physicians who donít believe this is an ethical
procedure," Blake says. "But there are a lot of people who
might say that about a face-lift or breast implants."
not a procedure that I perform. Itís not exactly a medical
necessity," he says. "I believe this should be left up to a
podiatrist or someone who specializes in toes or feet."
those types of surgeries simply for cosmetic purposes is not generally
accepted in the orthopedic surgery community," says Dr. Richard
Marks, professor of orthopedic surgery and director of the division of
foot and ankle surgery at Froedtert & the Medical College of
Marks says that
a toe-shortening operation to make the foot more cosmetically pleasing
is frowned upon. "We like to see a functional reason for
performing the surgery or physical abnormality thatís limiting form
strong notes of caution from health care professionals, the Vampire
face-lift and the foot lift procedures will attract customers.
lots of things in the cosmetic world that shock me," Blake says.
"As long as there are people who have some money and have a
perception that they want to look better, I think it (these types of
procedures) will be done."