Western vs. Eastern Beauty Standards in Plastic Surgery

Our world gets smaller every day. Trends spread across cyberspace at the speed of information, and there are no boundaries when it comes to style, beauty, and appreciation.

And yet we still have inherent cultural differences.

Some aesthetics have been ingrained in our respective societies for centuries on end, and that won’t change with the simple click of an Instagram post. We can, however, break down the barriers of our cosmetic discrepancies by illuminating how we differ and how we’re all striving to be the best we can be.

Western norms and Eastern ideals may have varied appearances at first glance, but when you look closer, you can see how each standard is intrinsically beautiful. We want to illuminate a few of the cardinal features of each approach to illustrate how you can achieve your desired look, no matter which side of the Pacific you find yourself inhabiting.

Nose

While aesthetics don’t always translate from continent to continent, confidence is recognized around the world. For millennia, the western world has opined about the “Roman” nose: a strong, dominant feature conveying strength and assuredness.

However, Asian noses tend to take on a different arc, thanks in part to societal expectations and traditions. According to one reporter’s account, perceptions of how a person is accepted and how he or she will fare in life are traced directly back to the shape of the nose. While her anecdotal evidence is not intended to apply to an entire culture or people, it is indicative of how the Asian plastic surgery industry admires different qualities in facial construction.

For example, the button nose is often desired over a more protruding version. In fact, some Korean clinics actually advertise a sharp, doll-shaped rhinoplasty procedure for patients seeking that cute, compact look.

Forehead

According to recent statistics, rhytidectomy (facelift) operations are on the rise in Asian nations. These procedures help correct nasolabial wrinkling as the forehead is lifted without creating a dramatic protrusion in the jawline (see below – petite facial features are all the rage in many Eastern circles).

While cosmetic surgery in the Americas often focuses on removing excess baggage from under the eyes, doctors in Asia receive different requests. Residents of South Korea sometimes complain about the preponderance of a “monolid” – meaning that they want their faces to have two distinct eyelids to give their faces more definition.

Perhaps this is what contributes to the fact that SK ranks #1 in the number of plastic surgery procedures worldwide. The peninsula recorded almost a million procedures in 2014, which equates to 20 operations per 1,000 citizens that year alone.

Jawline

As the saying goes, beauty is in the eye of the beholder… but it’s even more complicated than that. When we extrapolate outward, we realize that identity is affected by our immediate family, our local community, and our national profile writ large. What is considered “beautiful” will range depending on where you live and in what era you find yourself.

Case in point: South Korea. Social norms have determined that having a small head is more pleasing to the eye than a large one. To appear more diminutive, some Koreans are having their jawlines slimmed into a V-shape. This look can be achieved by realigning and resetting the jawbone completely or simply shaving it down surgically.

Many Asian nations have also pioneered the use of Botox to soften the jawline and reduce its severity. This is another method by which cosmetic surgery helps contour the human face and draw the viewer’s eyes to the areas you want them to notice first.

But you don’t need to travel thousands of miles to get the Seoul jaw treatment; overseas treks are expensive, and surgery requires the stability and comfort of home. In short, it’s best to research globally, but act locally. That’s why Doctor Binder prides himself on being proficient in various worldly disciplines while providing the safety and convenience of a clinic right here in Beverly Hills.

Cheeks

Speaking of the LA aesthetic, Southern California beauty ideals often emphasize high cheekbones and angular faces. However, our Asian cosmetician counterparts downplay such ostentatious displays and bulky facial presentations. Rather than going for that Angelina Jolie look, many Easterners opt for a more subdued, subtle silhouette.

Cheekbone surgery allows patients the flexibility of reducing the wideness of their face by diminishing the size and contours of their aforementioned cheekbones. A series of incisions, administered in the mouth, give surgeons access to the skeletal system without creating unsightly scarring on the exterior of the face.

Juxtapose this approach with a more Western-style cheek augmentation. Rather than shaving down the apples of the face, many American patients prefer to plump them up. This look can be achieved with an implant that typically only takes about an hour to properly situate. Combined with facial sculpting procedures, a cheek augmentation helps your profile stand out proudly and firmly.

The generalizations laid out above are merely meant to take the temperature of different cultures as a whole. While the trend in Asian countries may be a tighter, more delicate face, that doesn’t apply to all clients by any means. And this aesthetic may be just what a patient in the United States is hoping to achieve, regardless of ethnic background or national identity.

No matter what your preference may be, Doctor Binder has the expertise to bring your exotic/modest/worldly/understated cosmetic goals to reality. So, check your passport and check us out!

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What is Tumescent Liposuction?

Liposuction, also referred to as liposculpture or liposplasty, is one of the most common plastic surgeries available and is usually used to thin and contour the body. However, liposuction, particularly tumescent liposuction, also has major applications for use on the face and neck.

Why Facial Liposuction?

Just like liposuction on the body thins, shapes, and contours, facial liposuction does the same. Facial liposuction can improve the appearance of the chin, jaw, cheeks and neck without the use of more expensive and invasive plastic surgeries such as facial implants or lifts. Facial liposuction is also great for patients seeking less dramatic facial augmentation. On the other hand, patients seeking dramatic results can choose to have facial liposuction performed alongside other procedures, including facial implants and lifts, to produce a more significant change in appearance.

Tumescent Liposuction Surgery

Tumescent liposuction is a particular liposuction technique. This procedure involves the use of more anesthetic than other liposuction procedures; this not only reduces pain, but also bleeding, swelling, and skin irregularities, resulting in a shorter, easier recovery period. At the beginning of the procedure, a solution of anesthetic and epinephrine is injected into the surgical site. This solution absorbs into fat deposits, causing them to firm and swell, making them easier for the surgeon to remove.

Once the fatty areas have swollen, the surgeon makes a small incision over the deposit and inserts a thin tube called a cannula into the fat deposit. The cannula is attached to a vacuum like machine that sucks the fat out into a sterile holding container. After suction is complete, an elastic compression garment may be worn to support the area while it heals and contracts. Your doctor will be able to tell you how long and how often this garment needs to be worn.

Facial Tumescent Liposuction Results

Swelling will occur for several days following the procedure, making the face look even rounder than it did prior to surgery. Improvement will begin to appear in one to two weeks following surgery. Full results of facial tumescent liposuction take at least three to four months to appear, but may take up to six months.

Choosing the Right Plastic Surgeon for Your Tumescent Liposuction Procedure

When choosing a plastic surgeon for any facial plastic surgery procedure, including tumescent liposuction, a plastic surgeon who specializes in facial plastic surgery is the best choice. These surgeons are trained and experienced in the techniques that best suit the face and avoid scarring. Less specialized surgeons simply are not able to achieve the same excellent results as facial surgery specialists, and they are also significantly more likely to leave visible scarring at the surgical site.

Fortunately, one of the world’s leading plastic surgeons, who also happens to specialize in facial plastic surgery, receives both local and visiting patients in his conveniently located office in the Los Angeles and Beverly Hills area.

Dr. William J. Binder is certified by not only the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, but also by the American Board of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery; he regularly travels around both the United States and the world to educate and train other plastic surgeons. His extensive experience is further evidenced his many published academic articles and 10 global and United States patents on medical and surgical devices and pharmaceuticals.

Dr. Binder has a passion for giving patients the best possible results by educating them and taking the time to understand their goals. If you want your tumescent liposuction done one of the world’s leading facial plastic surgery specialists, act now. Do not wait and contact the office of Dr. Binder today to schedule your consultation and start on your journey to a look you love.

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What Facial Liposuction Can and Can’t Do for You

Have you ever hated the way parts of your face puff out or seem to sag? Have you ever wished for slimmer features? If you answered yes to these questions, then facial liposuction might be the right choice for you.

Before you book a consultation with your doctor, here are a few things that you need to know about what facial liposuction can and can’t do for you.

What is Facial Liposuction?

Facial liposuction works to remove fatty deposits from specific areas of the face (chin, neck, jowls). The most common type of liposuction used to remove fat deposits from the face is tumescent liposuction.

Tumescent liposuction is performed by injecting a solution (mixture of salt solution, lidocaine, and epinephrine), that is equal to three times the amount of fat being removed, into the layer of fat. The solution works to fatten cells, which makes them easier to isolate and remove. The solution also shrinks blood vessels, which can help ease your discomfort during the procedure without the risks associated with general anesthesia.

Liposuction is considered one of the most desirable procedures used to remove fatty deposits from the face because it can produce better results while minimizing scarring compared to other types of facial enhancement procedures. Facial liposuction can also be performed in less than an hour.

Before Facial Liposuction Care

Although liposuction is a fairly common procedure that works to eliminate deposits of fat that aren’t effected by diet or exercise, it is still important to remember that liposuction is a type of surgery and should be treated as such.

Some of the pre-surgery steps that you’ll need to take are:

Two weeks before receiving facial liposuction:

  • Stop taking all forms of blood thinners, such as aspirin
  • Stop taking medications and vitamins that affect blood clotting
  • Stop smoking

The day of receiving facial liposuction:

  • Don’t eat or drink for at least six hours before your surgery

After Facial Liposuction Care

Recovery from facial liposuction can take anywhere from a few days to a few months, depending on the size of the treated area. During the first few weeks after your surgery, your doctor will ask you to wear a compression garment which can help reduce swelling.

You should be able to return to work within five days, if not sooner. However, if the incisions for facial liposuction were made in your mouth, then your diet may be restricted. You will also be asked to take showers instead of baths for about a week after having liposuction. The anesthetic solution from tumescent liposuction surgery will drain from the incisions for the first several days after surgery. This is not something to worry about as it actually helps to speed up the recovery process.

During the first several months after your surgery, the swelling from the procedure will go down and you will be able to see the final results of your treatment. Skin around the treated area may also appear loose, but it will tighten over time, usually within six months.

Your doctor may also suggest gentle walking routine within three to four days after surgery, as mild exercise helps protect against the formation of blood clots and other post-surgical complications. You should be able to increase your level of activity within two weeks, but should avoid vigorous exercise for at least one full month.

Risks of Facial Liposuction

Like any other type of surgery, facial liposuction has some side effects. However, the risks of facial liposuction tend to be lower than the risks of having liposuction surgery on your body. Your doctor may prescribe antibiotics to help lower your risk of infection after the surgery, and it is important to make sure that you take the full course of those medications to make sure that you are fully protected.

Some of the risks from facial liposuction include:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Swelling
  • Nerve damage
  • Scarring
  • Anesthesia risks
  • Hematoma (pooling of blood under the skin that may clot)
  • Seroma (collection of fluid under the skin)

Consult with Your Doctor

Before deciding whether or not facial liposuction is the best treatment plan for you, you should book a consultation with Dr. Binder. With years of experience performing facial liposuction, he has the knowledge and expertise to help you make the best decision about getting facial liposuction surgery.