Who has Cosmetic Plastic Surgery?

These stats are taken from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons annual release of trends in Plastic Surgery. The numbers are gathered by the members of the society and submitted each year. The ASPS then analyzes the numbers and publishes them each year.

So, who is having plastic surgery…

Gender wise, women still are the majority of the patients making up 91% of those having cosmetic  procedures. Procedures meaning both surgery and non surgical treatments like peels, laser treatments, and injectables. Men are having things done too, mainly non surgical treatments such as laser hair removal, Botox and Dysport, and fillers like Restylane and Juvederm.

As for age, as expected the largest age category is the 40-54 year old segment. Teens make up a very small minority as do the twenty somethings. Patients in these younger age segments typically seek rhinoplasty, ear pinning, breast augmentation, breast reduction, laser hair removal and skin care.

As we get into the 30-54 age group more issues creep into the picture with aging, weight gain, and pregnancy related changes explaining the spike in procedures. The 30-39 and 40-54 age groups account for about two thirds of all patients seeking cosmetic procedures.

A couple of more interesting facts before I sign off. 11 Billion dollars was spent in 2012 on cosmetic procedures! And more and more patients are seeking office based procedures as opposed to a hospital setting.

If you want to learn more click on the ASPS link above for more details.

Lee Corbett, MD

Medical Director Corbett Cosmetic Aesthetic Surgery and MediSpa

A final 2013 “Thank You”

On behalf of my staff and I, I would like to say a huge “Thank You” to all of our patients who made 2013 the best ever at Corbett Cosmetic! 2013 saw huge changes for our practice. We moved in April to our new location in the Eastpoint area, doubled the size of our office…without a parking garage to navigate!!! (Thank God!), and welcomed our new Aesthetician Allyson to our staff. Part of our growth included the development of a full service Medi-Spa where we now offer facials, chemical peels, dermaplaning, IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) treatments for facial vein and pigmentation in addition to Laser treatments for hair and tattoo removal. We have also added 3 new lines of prescription strength skin care products including Skin Medica, SkinCeuticals, and Neo Cutis to complement our full line of injectible treatments with Botox, Dysport, Restylane, Perlane, & Juvederm. Finally, we recently added SmartLipo to our surgical practice to offer the latest in Laser Liposuction to our patients! Thank you for making 2013 our best ever and we look forward to assisting you with your aesthetic needs in 2014! Happy New Years!

Lee Corbett, MD

Medical Director of Corbett Cosmetic Aesthetic Surgery and Medi Spa

We’re Moving!

Corbett Cosmetic Surgery is moving!! Our anticipated move date is around April 1st. Our new location will be in the East Point area in our own building with store front parking. No more parking garage!!

In addition to our existing cosmetic surgery procedures, we will now offer a full menu of non surgical medi-spa services in our state of the art new facility.

We’ll keep you posted as our move date approaches.

Lee Corbett, MD


What is the typical recovery after Plastic Surgery?

Recovery after Cosmetic Plastic Surgery varies  significantly, as you might imagine, but there are some general guidelines. In my Louisville Cosmetic Surgery practice, I tell my patients no exercise for two weeks to avoid post operative bleeding. For facial surgery, I ask that they sleep with their head elevated for the first 48 hours. With Breast and Body procedures, past the two week point, most restrictions involve strenuous exercise and heavy lifting, pushing, pulling. As a rule most patients are up and around the day after surgery and are capable of taking care of themselves after the first 48 to 72 hours. With more minor MediSpa procedures like Botox or fillers, there is no downtime.

Lee Corbett, MD


How old is too old?

In my Louisville Plastic Surgery practice I am frequently asked “Do you think I am too old to be doing this?”

I just read an article in this months American Society of Plastic Surgeons journal and they looked at complication rates and age. The procedure they studied was the Facelift.

What the studied showed was the regardless of the type of facelift, mini or full , first time or re-do, the complication rates were the same for those younger and older than 65.

The difference maker was how healthy the patient was before surgery. In other words, a 55 year old who is obese, diabetic and has high blood pressure is likely to be more risky to operate on than a 70 year old with no medical problems.

Chronological age is not as important as physiologic age.

If you are unsure if you are a good candidate, just ask you surgeon.

Lee Corbett, MD


Insurance Coverage for Cosmetic Surgery

This is a repeat of older blogs but the issue comes up every year so I thought it was worth reminding everyone.

Over the weekend I received several e mails from my Louisville Plastic Surgery practice website inquiring about various procedures I perform. Blepharoplasty, otoplasy, facelifts, tummy tucks, breast reductions, breast lifts and augmentations, and liposuction were all mentioned. At least half of these information requests also were accompanied by inquiries into insurance coverage.

Very simply, Health Insurance never has and never will pay for cosmetic surgery. Any operation we do that is intended to improve your appearance is considered cosmetic. In order for insurance to cover a surgery the “problem” with that particular body part has to negatively affecting your health. And being depressed because you don’t like the way something looks does not count.

If you have a question about your particular case please give my office a call.

Lee Corbett, MD


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Will a tanning bed hurt my breast implants?

I am commonly asked by my Louisville breast augmentation patients if they can tan after surgery. The answer is “Yes”, it’s ok to tan as far as the implants are concerned.

The UV rays that tan beds emit are not like an X-ray. They do not go through your skin, so the light only affects your skin surface.  The underlying breast tissue and implants are safe. Now, if you tan immediately after surgery, you do run the risk of the skin along your incision darkening more than the skin around it. The pigment producing cells along the incision line are in a kind of an “excited” state as a result of the surgery. They are prone to producing extra pigment as is so if you tan this can amplify the problem and leave you with a very tan incision line. This is called hyperpigmentation.

I will refrain from jumping on my tan bed soap box but suffice to say that tan beds are not great for your skin on several levels.

Lee Corbett, MD