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Plastic Surgeon
Since 1989

Trends and Motivations for Plastic Surgery for 20/30 Year Olds

Trends and motivations for plastic surgery vary from person to person, but younger people often have similar interests in specific procedures. Celebrities also have an impact on ones motivation to improve a particular aspect of the body. Dr. Widder explains some of the motivations he hears in his consultations that profoundly impact his patients decisions.

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Q: Which plastic surgery procedures are the most popular for people in their 20’s and 30’s?

Breast implants and butt implants are very popular for patients in their 20’s and 30’s.

Q: What do you hear from your patients about why they choose buttock enhancement surgery and breast implants?

The reasons vary.  Everybody brings their own histories and their own aspirations for what they want to look like. Some do it for a functional reason, such as they would simply like their clothing to fit better.  Others are interested in clothes as well, but from a different perspective.  They may just want to look good in the latest fashions.  What many younger patients want most is a sexier, more attractive appearance in order to feel better about themselvs and possibly garner more attention.  Some also want to emulate celebrities like Kim Kardashian and J Lo.

Not long ago I had a patient who came in for a consultation for buttock enhancement surgery.  “Is it gonna look like J Lo?” she asked me.  I showed her pictures of a before and after case that seemed along the lines of what she was seeking and I challenged her to decide for herself: “Does this look like J Lo?”  The photo I presented showed a very, very nice result.  In my opinion, the shape of the buttocks was reminiscent of Jennifer Lopez’ figure.  I gave the patient time to compare shapes and sizes until we found the right celebrity look for her.

Q: Even though prospective patients mention various reasons, do you think enhancing sexual attractiveness is really the main goal?

Well, it is true that patients are concerned with the butt and the breasts because they are sexual targets. When you are young that is very important.  It’s also important for older people, but it is often not as intense an issue in later years because hormones levels tend to be a bit lower.  Cosmetic surgery can improve upon parts of the body and it can help make a person look and feel much more attractive.   I appreciate being able to do that for a person.  The enhancements are very exciting for younger individuals.  It can absolutely bring about advantages in one’s personal life, especially in the sexual realm.  Enhancing attractiveness can also cultivate advantages in other areas, such as in the workplace.

Whatever the reason, the forces that encourage people to have cosmetic surgery are incredibly powerful.  I respect the fact that patients choose to go through the discomfort and the inconvenience in order to improve on those areas they feel are deficient or less than optimal.  It is a big decision.  I take the decision-making period very seriously; I do my best to listen, provide guidance, and respect each patient’s needs and wishes.  As long as I feel that I can deliver what the patient is looking for, we move ahead with the procedure.

Q: What signs do you see or hear from your breast and butt implant patients that indicate how they feel before and after their procedures?

Afterward, you can see a new sparkle in their eyes.  They walk differently.  They have confidence.  When they come in for a consultation before surgery they have often heard good things about me, but I can see that they feel a bit unsure and they have concerns.  It looks to me as if they are thinking, “Am I going to have this surgery or not?  Will I be happy?”

Once they have it done, they are extremely happy.  You can see it in their eyes.  In my experience, eyes are the #1 indicator.  Try taking a look at pictures of before and after surgery and notice the eyes.  You’ll see that before surgery, many of them look dull and depressed.  Afterward, you can see a new energy projected from the eyes.  They’re brighter. It’s like there is a new confidence and a readiness to take on the world.

Feel free to contact our office to discuss your own motivations for considering plastic surgery or visit the office to take a look at our extensive portfolio of before and after pictures. 703-506-0300

Plastic Surgery Trends | Breast – Butt – Labioplasty

Plastic surgery trends change over time and it is important to listen to new patient preferences as well as understand the latest technology and practices available. Dr. Widder discusses his own experience with trends in breast augmentation, butt implants, and labioplasty.

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Q: Has the popularity of breast implant surgery stayed strong in your practice?

Oh, yes.  I do quite a few each week. Tomorrow I’m doing two.  They are very common.  Breast augmentation surgery is still the #1 cosmetic procedure in the U.S.

 Q: In the past, you’ve expressed caution about the “Gummy Bear” breast implants trend.  Do you have any new thoughts on those?

I don’t use them.  I’d say 98% of the time I use saline implants and for the other 2%, I use silicone gel implants.  I never use “Gummy Bears” because the concept doesn’t make sense to me.  You have to make a bigger incision.  Then, you have to create a smaller pocket because this kind of implant is oval and if you make a large pocket it can flip from side to side.  It goes against my philosophy about creating a natural looking and feeling a breast.  A natural breast moves.  It jiggles.  If you create a small pocket, the capsule around the implant tightens up and then it doesn’t move like a normal, natural breast.  Both I and my patients are so happy with the saline implants that I keep using them.  If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it, right?

Q: Any changes in the butt implant procedures for you?  Is that part of your practice still growing?

Yes, interest is still on the rise.  For butt implants, I also continue to use the same procedure.  My patients are happy.  Early on – maybe 9 or 10 years ago – I used a different type of implant.  I used the so-called textured implant.  It had a rough surface and would create a lot of fluid collection in the pocket.  It would rub against the tissue, create inflammation, and fluid production was the result.  There were many problems with that type of implant so I began looking for something else.  The implants I have used for the last several years are excellent.  When you have problems, you have to start looking for something that is more predictable and less troublesome. Presently, I am very happy with the butt implants. Virtually every patient I operate on has no complaints and is very happy with the result.

Q: Do you have recent accounts of patients coming from far and wide for your work?

I had one come from Richmond about a week and a half ago.  A few more people have been expressing interest from the Midwest, the South, and even from beyond the contiguous U.S.  Today, people are looking for surgeons who are doing the best procedures no matter where they are in the world.  Just because someone is doing a procedure doesn’t mean it will be the way that particular patient likes it.  That’s why the Internet really is the great equalizer.  Everything is out there and there is transparency.

I had a patient who came to me from Arizona.  She was going to go to someone in California, but then she did more research and said that she likes my butts better. She flew all the way to Washington to have the surgery.  That is the beauty of the Internet – you just have to get the word out.

Q: You recently traveled to study labioplasty.  Have you been performing the surgery yet?

No, not yet.  I discussed it with the surgeon who does it more than anyone else in the U.S.  He is the one who created the technique I am interested in.  I’m going to go and see him.  He’s been out of the country, but either at the beginning or in middle of next month, I will go see him in one of his offices in New York or L.A.  I will watch the labia minora reduction surgery, and then I feel I’ll be ready to begin to offer it.  I have a couple of patients already lined up.

Labioplasty is becoming very popular.  Since I haven’t been performing it, I personally haven’t gotten a lot of queries yet, but a few patients have asked me, which is what raised my interest.  Once I put out a sign in our waiting area, I think I will have a good response to it.

When I mentioned my interest in performing this surgery to my account manager at RealSelf.com, she got very excited.  She said that there is a huge market for it in the U.S.  I don’t plan to become a guru in labioplasty, but soon I will be glad to offer it as a service to my patients.

2013 Trends in Plastic Surgery

Trends in plastic surgery for 2013 can be gleaned from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery statistical report for 2012. Dr. Widder discusses the findings in the annual report and confirms the trend of increased buttock augmentation in his own practice.

Q: As the “D.C. Butt Doctor,” what are your thoughts on the new report from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)?

The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery just released its 16th annual multi-specialty procedural statistics.  The report came out in March and basically points to the fact that cosmetic procedures are very much on the rise. Something in the vicinity of ten million cosmetic procedures, surgical and nonsurgical, were conducted in 2012.

I’ve been a cosmetic surgeon for over 25 years and I specialize in buttock augmentation. I have witnessed a definite rise in requests for this procedure over the last decade.  I am happy to say that my particular buttock implant technique is very effective and that has led it to be sought after, even by some you might call the Washington elite.  ASAPS lists butt augmentation as one of last year’s top 20 procedures. That makes sense to me.  Their findings and my personal experience over the last 10 years are in agreement that butt implants are done more often than ever. That indicates the overall increasing demand for this enhancement.

Q: Do you think your practice is going with the other trends ASAPS reported?

 Yes, it seems like I am on the same trend.  I’ve been doing a lot of breast augmentations, liposuction, and tummy tucks (abdominoplasty).  ASAPS also found these to be among the most frequent cosmetic procedures as of 2012.  I have a very safe, private facility where I perform these procedures regularly.

Q: Now that more and more people are seeking cosmetic surgery, do you have any advice for those who are ready to choose a doctor?

 It is really important to check your doctor’s credentials.  With the growing demand, there are a lot of untrained “doctors” out there who prey on unsuspecting patients.  I am certified by the American board of plastic surgery since 1989. I am a member of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), and the American Association for the Accreditation of Ambulatory  Surgery Facilities (AAAASF).

After credentials, attitude is also key.  My main goal is to stay attuned to the patient’s needs. That is one of the reasons I became the only plastic surgeon in Northern Virginia who offers buttock implants.  So many men and women are seeking the perfect posterior.  It is my goal to give people what they want.

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*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.