Bella Cosmetic Surgery Blog

Maryland Plastic Surgeon serving Washington DC, & Virginia including Alexandria and Fairfax.

June 05, 2012

With plastic surgery, Maryland patients tend to follow national economic trends. When the economy is doing well, surgery numbers are up. When it declines, so does the number of people who are choosing surgery. While not necessarily a perfect economic indicator, trends in cosmetic surgery can be very relevant to trends in the economy.

In 2009, plastic surgery numbers saw a big drop. In 2010 the numbers increased, and in 2011 increased yet again to 1.6 million surgeries...

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May 23, 2012

When seeking plastic surgery, Maryland patients often cite the desire to look younger. While generally understood, the objective is a difficult one to quantify. It can be challenging for potential patients and doctors to gauge the success of a procedure without a measurable result.

A recent collaborative study between University of Toronto in Canada and NorthShore University Health System in Evanston, IL aimed to quantify the perceived age difference in patients as a result of cosmetic procedures. In the study, students were asked to view photographs of patients who had undergone a...

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May 08, 2012

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, American men had almost 800,000 cosmetic procedures performed in 2011. In fact, this number has increased over 121% since 1997. Why the increase?

Some men may feel that their healthy lifestyle is not reflected by their appearance. The baby boomer generation is living longer than previous generations, but nobody likes the idea of aging, especially in a culture so engaged in preventing the aging process from occurring in the first place. Television ads, magazines and billboards are all inundated with young and athletic male...

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March 07, 2012


If you read our previous blog, you know about the recent news highlighting a recall of breast implants made by a French manufacturer, Poly Implant Prothese (PIP). In response to the recall, the French government went as far as to provide financial compensation to residents for the removal of the recalled PIP breast implants.

We are excited to tell you that Mentor, the only breast implant manufacturer in the United States, has created a new program to help offset the costs of PIP implant replacement. The Mentor Compassionate Care Program is set up to assist women with PIP implants who wish to replace them. The program is...

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February 07, 2012

Mommy MakeoverIf you are a mother having a hard time dealing with your post-pregnancy body, consider undergoing a mommy makeover. This term refers to having multiple plastic surgery procedures at one time in order to improve the appearance of post-pregnancy bodies that have changed drastically as a result of...

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February 02, 2012

You may have heard recent news highlighting safety issues and a recall of breast implants made by a French manufacturer, Poly Implant Prothese (PIP). CNN recently reported:

French authorities announced last month that the government would pay for the removal of the bankrupt company's implants, which a British medical group says were made from nonmedical grade silicone believed by the manufacturers to be made for mattresses.

The World Health...

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January 24, 2012

Kelly Rowland breast augmentationFor women considering breast augmentation, Maryland plastic surgeon, Dr. Michael Chiaramonte of Bella Cosmetic Surgery is board certified and experienced to perform the procedure. There are several reasons why women decide to get breast implants. Sometimes they’ve lost their shape due to pregnancy and childbearing. Other times, they were simply born with small breasts that have bothered them for eons. Take Kelly...

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January 10, 2012

plastic surgeon MarylandBy finding the right plastic surgeon, Maryland residents can learn the difference in the way he or she look and feel post-op. The key, however, is to find the right one. Unfortunately, some patients are having irreversible snafus because they forgot to check some crucial details such as the doctor’s specific training and credentials. There’s a growing trend dubbed “white coat deception” that has been occurring...

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December 05, 2011
liposuction marylandA quick Internet search on weight gain after liposuction results in numerous questions revolving around what happens to the fat cells weeks to months after the procedure. Do the fat cells come back, redeposit themselves in other areas or remain gone forever after liposuction? Maryland men and women visiting our office have asked this...
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November 08, 2011

During the winter months in Maryland, skin care routines are often neglected, which cause your skin to feel dry, flaky and irritated. Now is the time to take charge of your winter skin care regimen. Here are some tips to keeping your skin looking radiant and healthy all winter long.

  1. Choose a cleanser specific to your skin type. Everyone’s skin is unique and will benefit from a cleanser targeting your skin’s needs.

MYTH: The stronger the cleanser, the better.

FACT: Stick with a gentle, fragrance-free cleanser. Soaps and stronger cleansers can strip...

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