Nov 14, 2013 7:55 PM by Jennifer Lira - firstname.lastname@example.org
CORPUS CHRISTI - In the past decade, non-invasive cosmetic procedures like Botox injections, have become more popular in the U.S. But, so have major surgical procedures like lower body lifts.
There's no doubt that some patients are influenced by what they see on television. What many people may not know, is almost any doctor can call themselves a cosmetic surgeon.
In the age of reality TV, celebrities and their perfect bodies and filler-plumped faces are everywhere. And it's having an impact on people turning to cosmetic surgery.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, last year 14.6 million cosmetic procedures were performed in the U.S. That includes everything from simple Botox injections to invasive procedures like buttocks implants. Since the year 2000, cosmetic procedures have jumped 98% in the U.S.
It's hard to say how much is influenced by celebrities and reality TV shows, but the Coastal Bend isn't immune.
Dr. Herve F. Gentile has worked as a plastic surgeon in Corpus Christi since 1985. He'll be the first to tell you, when it comes to trying to look like the people on TV, what you see is not always what you'll actually get.
"A lot of the patients who see the shows will try to get procedures. But they don't check the credentials, they don't check who the plastic surgeon is," said Dr. Gentile, "That's the most important point, that they have to do their checking and it's incumbent upon the patient, upon you, not anybody else."
Statistics detailing the number of cosmetic procedures done each year are readily available. But what's harder to nail down is the number of botched jobs.
Dr. Gentile points out that finding a plastic surgeon is easy, but finding a qualified surgeon is a different story.
"It's shocking for the people, but that's the truth. There's no legal impediment, so anybody can write plastic surgeon or write cosmetic surgeon, there's nothing we can do to stop them."
Qualified or not, any doctor can perform plastic surgery. It's a scary thought and exactly why many people aren't willing to go under the knife.
A few years ago, Jon Perez was a hundred pounds overweight. Today, he's in the best shape of his life. A total lifestyle change gave him incredible results and helped him launch a successful fitness business called Studio X.
"We like to set an attainable goal, a realistic goal of maybe three, six months, maybe a year for what people are coming in to look for. But the way that (exercise) helped me change my life, I'm certain we can help everybody else as well," said Perez.
While Jon's success story may seem atypical, it is attainable. Dr. Gentile agrees that for body results, sometimes a good workout is simply the best option for certain people.
Dr. Gentile says, in his office, the most sought-after procedures are tummy tucks, breast augmentation, and face lifts. He adds that men get work done, too; particularly breast reductions.
Whether influenced by Botox-pumped TV stars or just looking to freshen up your look, before you have any work done be sure to do some research.
As Dr. Gentile warns, some things can't be undone. "When it is botched, it's too late."