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Since 2013 has come to an end, it’s a great time to reflect on the highlights of our lives in the past year and look ahead to what 2014 might hold. Last year was a big year for plastic surgery developments and celebrities’ revelations about their procedures. Here are the top five top plastic surgery stories of 2013.

Gummy Bear Implants

FDA approved in February, these new silicone “gummy bear” breast implants are made from cohesive silicone gel that has the texture and firmness of a gummy bear. These implants will not leak in case of rupture, and have a softer, more natural look and feel than saline breast implants. Also, they are less likely to ripple and wrinkle the skin; something saline implants have a tendency to do.

Amanda Bynes’ Struggles

Amanda Bynes’ very public downward spiral included some bizarre behavior, along with admissions of plastic surgery. This prompted the world to speculate about the stability of her mental health and body image. Today, she seems to be improving her life, and hopefully her image of herself.

Angelina Jolie’s Double Mastectomy

Jolie shocked the world when she announced she had had a preventative double mastectomy after learning she carries the same high-risk breast cancer gene as her mother (who died from the disease).

Because of this, she elected to have the procedure, along with breast implants to reconstruct her breasts. While most applauded Jolie for the move, others questioned the efficacy of her actions.

BOTOX’s New Approval

Though approved for many purposes over the years, and used off-label for treating wrinkles in many areas of the face, BOTOX® Cosmetic was only recently approved to treat crow’s feet, the wrinkles at the corners of the eyes. First approved for cosmetic use in 2002 (for frown lines between the eyes), Botox has now added crow’s feet to the list of approved cosmetic uses.

Julie Chen’s Eyelid Surgery

News anchor Julie Chen made headlines earlier this year when she admitted to having plastic surgery on her eyelids years before, under pressure from a former boss to “fix her Asian eyes.” While she’s not happy with the pressure she received to conform, she says she does not regret her decision to undergo surgery.

Juvederm Voluma XC

Joining other popular dermal fillers in 2013 is Juvederm Voluma XC®, a new filler that helps add volume to the cheek area in addition to filling in wrinkles. It is the first FDA-approved filler for this purpose, and can help patients get a subtle lift for up to two years.

Looking Ahead to 2014

Ready to look and feel amazing in 2014? The New Year is a great time to consider cosmetic procedures with a qualified provider. Our Manhattan and Long Island-based plastic and cosmetic surgeons offer a wide range of procedures, ranging from non-invasive BOTOX® Cosmetic to breast augmentation, rhinoplasty, blepharoplasty and more.

For more information on available procedures, visit our plastic surgery offices in Manhattan or Long Island. Call to schedule your complimentary consultation today.







*BOTOX® Cosmetic and Juvederm Voluma XC® are registered trademarks of Allergan, Inc.