There are seasons for everything, but one thing you wouldn’t expect to be seasonal is cosmetic surgery. Any plastic surgeon, however, will tell you that the spring is the season for breast augmentations and liposuction, and the season for facelifts is right after Christmas. And many other procedures are more common during certain times of the year.

The reasons for this seasonality become obvious when you consider each procedure. During the spring, women start thinking about that dreaded bathing suit. They try them on and might notice a little fat that wasn’t there last year, or they might wish they filled it out better in certain areas. Since it takes a month or so to look reasonable in a bathing suit after cosmetic surgery, by July 4, if the surgery hasn’t been performed yet, many women wait until after the summer. 
When it comes to facial surgery, like face or eyelid lifts, fall or winter surgery is most common. While you should be able to face the public two weeks after a facelift, you might not really want to. You’ll have residual swelling and even a little bruising up to a month after the lift, and there’s always a chance of some odd lumps and bumps. It’s a lot easier to wear scarves or heavier makeup when it’s cold outside. When planning for cosmetic surgery, you might be pleasantly surprised at how fast you recover, but 5-10% of people have one thing or another that slows down their recovery. When planning out your schedule, you really have to plan for the worst-case scenario.
Recovery from larger procedures takes longer than recovery from smaller procedures. And older women take longer to bounce back than younger ones. And, of course, if you have significant medical problems, you have a much higher chance of a complication after surgery; you and your surgeon may decide to forgo surgery and improve your appearance with less invasive procedures that are less demanding on your body.
While some office procedures like Botox, Xeomin and Fillers, are easier to do and really don’t have seasonality, not all types of procedures are suited for the summer. Chemical peels and some laser treatments require strict avoidance of sun, so unless you live in a cave or are a vampire, you might consider having these treatments during the fall-winter months.

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Start 2014 with a New Look     

It’s common knowledge that people often make resolutions to take better care of themselves in the new year.  Some get a personal trainer or a gym membership, some start a diet, but a new trend of starting the year with plastic surgery is becoming more common.  Instead of heading off to the gym, patients are headed to the plastic surgeon for everything from injections of Botox to a face lift or breast augmentation.
Adding to the increase in ringing in the new year with surgery, is the increase in gift cards for the services of a plastic surgeon being given on Christmas. And now that the fun — and stress — of the holidays are over, it’s a good time to renew yourself so you can look as young and energetic as you feel.
Announcing a New Year’s resolution can be the impetus for change, but there are other moments in time that prompt people to seek aesthetic plastic surgery as the best choice for enhancing their appearance. According to the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, common “watershed moments” include someone mistaking you as being much older; entering the competitive job market, where wrinkles are frowned upon; and post-pregnancy blues, when many new moms struggle with excess fat and sagging skin. Your defining moment might be the holiday photos posted on social media, when you realized your image isn’t as attractive as you’d like.
Once you’ve made the decision to rejuvenate, you’ll find many surgical and nonsurgical options including new techniques and classic, tried-and-true solutions. Breast augmentation is the most-requested cosmetic surgical procedure.
January is a great time for people to ‘restart’ themselves after the holidays. Many people follow through on a New Year’s resolution to improve their appearance by having breast augmentation, a tummy tuck, eyelid surgery, or a face-lift. Winter is also a time when we’re bundled up from the cold and we’re not as social. It’s the perfect time to have surgery, so when spring and summer come around you’re in shape and you have the look you want, so you can get out and enjoy the warm weather.
At the office of Dr. Mark Bishara and The Paragon Plastic Surgery & Med Spa, with offices in Mansfield and Southlake, we offer services from Cosmetic Surgery to Hair Restoration to Med Spa services.  We can help you kick on 2014 with Botox injections, fillers like Judederm Ultra Plus XC and the NEW Juvederm Voluma, laser hair removal, and many other laser procedures.  Please call our office at (817) 473-2120 to schedule a consultation for cosmetic surgery or hair restoration or visit our website at to learn more about the procedures we offer.

Thinking about going under the knife, but not sure when the best time for plastic surgery may be? The fall and winter months are some of the most popular times for plastic surgery, so you may want to book a consultation now. Here are some reasons why:

1. Recovery is easier
Many people are hesitant to undergo procedures like breast augmentation, breast revision surgery, body contouring, or a tummy tuck, because of the time it takes to recover. Unfortunately, there’s not much of a way around this issue, unless you choose a non-surgical procedure like Botox injections or microdermabrasion. However, if you are going to be taking it easy and mainly indoors for a few days, the cold, winter months might be a better choice. And, once you are able to go outside and move around again, wearing layers of clothes or accessories to hide any post-surgery garments, dressings or scars would be completely normal.
2. A great reason for a “staycation”
Do you know people who take time off to do things around town and spend some much deserved time relaxing in their homes? If you have a stressful job or life and have been thinking about having a procedure, this could be the perfect opportunity to have a “staycation” and recover. Being close to home means your doctor is accessible for follow-ups visits and you have your family and friends around to help. Medical tourism to plastic surgery hot spots, like Los Angeles or Miami, might be tempting, but could create complications if it involves airplane flights and lack of follow-up care.
3. The gift of beauty and care
For many, the holidays are the best part of the winter season. It’s not uncommon to hear of couples giving each other the gift of plastic surgery as a present. Many times mothers and daughters will go in for a skin treatment or Botox together. Even if you don’t get a trip to the plastic surgeon’s office as a gift from someone else, there’s no reason you can’t treat yourself. After all of the chaos that the holiday shopping season brings, it’s great to give yourself a little treat to help minimize stress.

If you are thinking of a procedure or would like to gift a friend or relative, be sure to contact our office at (817) 473-2120 to get more information. The winter holidays will be brighter for everyone when safety is a top priority.  Please also visit our website at

If you are considering plastic surgery in the D/FW area, but have yet to take the plunge and contact a local plastic surgeon, what is holding you back? Are you concerned about what others will think about the work you’ve had done or are time and money the biggest factors in your decision?

If recovery time and the overall price tag are your biggest concerns, you may be the perfect candidate for a new wave of relatively non-invasive procedures that can enhance your appearance without the use of a scalpel.
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Now that Botox injections, dermal fillers and other treatments are more widely available, it may be time for more women and men in Texas to revisit their options.
As technology progresses, the expense and invasiveness of cosmetic surgery is going down. You can maintain your look starting in your 20’s with periodic injections and other low-impact treatments.
Interested in what Botox, chemical peels, dermal fillers, laser procedures and other non-surgical cosmetic enhancements can do for you? Contact Dr. Mark Bishara’s Office in Mansfield and Southlake, today to learn more about the transformative treatments we offer. Call us at (817) 473-2120 to find oit more information.
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A new study of twins demonstrates how smoking causes premature aging of the face, causing more wrinkles around the lips and sagging under the eyes
Researchers led by Bahman Guyuron, M.D., of the department of plastic surgery at Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals, Cleveland, set out to identify specific components of facial aging secondary to smoking. They did so by identifying 79 pairs of twins in which only one twin smoked or where one smoked at least five years longer than the other.
Participants completed questionnaires, and professional photographers took standardized photographs of the twins. A panel of three blinded judges analyzed the twins’ facial features and graded wrinkles using the Lemperle Assessment Scale, then ranked age-related facial features on a four-point scale.
According to the study, which was published in the November issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, twins who smoked compared significantly less favorably to their non-smoking siblings in scores for upper-eyelid skin redundancy, lower-lid bags, malar bags, nasolabial folds, upper lip wrinkles, lower lip vermillion wrinkles and jowls. Lower-lid hyperpigmentation in the smoking group fell just short of statistical significance. There was no statistical difference in transverse forehead wrinkles, glabellar wrinkles, crow’s feet and lower lip lines accentuated by puckering.
Among twins with greater than five years’ difference in smoking duration, twins who had smoked longer had worse scores for lower lid bags, malar bags and lower lip vermillion wrinkles.
“The most important finding is confirmation of what was assumed to be the aging changes as the consequence of smoking in a scientific manner,” Dr. Guyuron tells Dermatology Times. “The malar bags and hyperpigmentation of the lower lids seem to be the most common features of the ‘smoker face.’”
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