Plastic surgery rates have surged in places like New York and Los Angeles with the rise of public figures like the Kardashians and the Hadids.
And the Trump administration seems to have caused a similar trend in the nation’s capital.
‘With people like Ivanka and Melania, who are both pretty plastic surgery friendly, being featured both locally and nationally, it makes people curious,’ Dr Michael Somenek, a DC-based plastic surgeon told Daily Mail Online.
And the surge has never been more stark than now as the August recess was pushed back, flooding plastic surgery waiting rooms with patients who are trying to find a time to squeeze in an appointment.
Recess is usually a time that people in Washington are able to take time off and vacation.
It’s also serves as the perfect opportunity for anyone who needs a quick nip tuck before heading back to the Hill in September.
But this year’s delay due to the ultimately failed attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act has forced politicians to forego procedures or find a time to reschedule.
‘We have to be flexible,’ another local plastic surgeon, Dr Ariel Rad, explained.
‘There’s a lot of shuffling around of our schedule, but with politicians we do expect it to an extent and it’s our job.’
Plastic surgery rates have soared around the country, and has been partially driven in Washington DC by the Trump Administration and the popularization of figures such as Melania and Ivanka Trump
HOW PLASTIC SURGERY TRENDS HAVE CHANGED IN WASHINGTON
As plastic surgery has become more commonplace in America there have been different procedural trends.
Dr Rad and his wife Dr Noelle Sherber own their own practice in the heart of downtown DC, and said they have seen gradual changes over the years regarding how people want to look.
‘Unlike Los Angeles or New York where people might bring in a photo of a celebrity and ask for certain features, we have a lot of people come in with photos of themselves a few years back and ask how they can look like that again,’ Dr Sherber said.
In their practice, Dr Sherber is a dermatologist and works with less invasive techniques, while her husband, Dr Rad, does the surgical work that carries with it a long recovery time.
‘With a lot of what I do I’m just trying to make small changes so people feel more refreshed,’ Dr Sherber explained.
‘Recovery time isn’t long, and it keeps people feeling rejuvenated. Politicians really just want to look like they’re aging more slowly than the rest of the population.’
Dr Sherber said a lot of these patients are very concerned about how they look on television or on social media.
‘People come in with photos of themselves on social media and are upset about how their skin looks,’ she said.
‘On camera, especially when it’s an iPhone photo that is going to be posted to social media, skin damage and under-eye bags can look as unkempt as an unpressed shirt.’
Dr Rad, on the other hand, said he sees specific trends from the people who come into his office.
But this year’s delay due to the ultimately failed attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act has forced politicians to forego procedures or find a time to reschedule. Pictured are politicians meeting in the House chamber of Congress
‘A lot of my patients are focused on the bags under their eyes and the lines around them because they hate how that looks in the mirror,’ Dr Rad said.
‘But in the last year or so I’ve seen a lot of men who come in and have their jawline or chin adjusted. Changing the contouring and doing a lift makes a big difference and can portray strength and confidence.’
Dr Rad said he’s seen that change particularly in this administration.
‘There’s definitely a correlation with the new administration and people getting work done, especially men getting work done. People seem to be paying more attention to their appearances,’ he said.
Dr Somenek also commented on the trend change with the new administration.
He owns his own practice which specializes in facial plastic surgery and rejuvenation treatments and said he has seen a change since Trump has taken office.
‘With women like the First Lady and Ivanka in the public eye, people have started talking more candidly about plastic surgery,’ he said.
‘There are definitely women who see what they have had done and say “Oh I wonder exactly what that procedure was and if I could be a candidate for it.”‘
SCHEDULING AND THE IMPACT OF THE DELAYED AUGUST RECESS
This year’s August recess was pushed back to mid-month because Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell felt they hadn’t gotten enough done.
That shift can be felt in the waiting rooms of plastic surgery offices around Washington.
Because Dr Sherber does less invasive procedures, such as injectables, fillers and lasers, the delayed recess has been a good thing in her office.
‘It hasn’t felt much like summer in Washington, I’m keeping the same consistent schedule that I have during the rest of the year,’ she explained.
‘People still need to be looking their best because of public appearances and on-camera interviews, so they are still coming in for their monthly appointments.’
In fact, this summer has been productive for some politicians who come to her for monthly laser treatments because they don’t have to take time off of those treatments.
Dr Ariel Rad (center) and his wife Dr Noelle Sherber (left) own their own practice in the heart of downtown DC, and said they have seen gradual changes over the years regarding how people want to look
Dr Michael Somenek, pictured, said the delayed recess hasn’t turned his practice upside down, but it’s changed the types of procedures he’s doing
‘When they are taking time off for vacation and spending it in the sun, I try to avoid those treatments because they make their skin all the more sensitive,’ Dr Sherber said.
‘But now they’re alright to get those treatments.’
Her husband, on the other hand, has had to shift his schedule around quite a bit to accommodate the uncertainty in the capital.
‘Things are about to get even more busy,’ Dr Rad explained.
‘People have had to push off their serious surgeries until the third and fourth week of August because of the delayed recess, so there has been a lot of last minute changes and rescheduling.
‘It’s slightly more challenging, but it’s very possible and it’s my job to accommodate these surgical patients. So even with all the back and forth there’s nothing I’ve not been able to handle.’
Dr Somenek said the delayed recess hasn’t turned his practice upside down, but it’s changed the types of procedures he’s doing.
‘It’s caused a lot more thorough conversations about the type of thing people are looking for and I’ve taken a much more nonsurgical approach for a lot of my patients,’ he said.
‘Instead of going under the scalpel for a face lift, we’re doing more Face Type procedures which just have a three to five day recovery period to reduce swelling.’
TEXAS WOMEN PAYED THOUSANDS ON PLASTIC SURGERY TO LOOK LIKE IVANKA
Two women in Texas spent TENS OF thousands of dollars on plastic surgery to look more like Ivanka Trump.
Tiffany Taylor, a mother-of-three, has had breasts implants, cheek fillers and a nose job to appear more like President Trump’s eldest daughter.
A 33-year-old aspiring socialite, she is modelling herself on Ivanka’s ‘classic features’, she told ABC’s Nightline.
Jenny Stuart, a 36-year-old from Houston, said she admired the ‘classy, pretty’ woman.
Both visited plastic surgeon Dr Franklin Rose in Houston to achieve their new looks. He told the show they were not the first patients to come to ask for Ivanka make-overs.
‘Breasts or nose or face, she has such a pretty face shape. This is not the first patient that’s come in with a picture of Ivanka Trump.
‘She is very beautiful and she’s very poised.’
Tiffany Taylor, a mother-of-three, has had breasts implants, cheek fillers and a nose job to appear more like President Trump’s eldest daughter
Taylor, who works in the oil and gas industry and lives on a farm, said she has spent around $60,000 transforming her look.
‘I like Ivanka Trump’s classic features. That’s kind of what I’m modelling myself after.’
She has had liposuction, breast implants, fat grafts and cheek fillers and recently underwent an eye lift and nose job.
Stuart, who claimed she is often told she looks like Angelina Jolie, had a Brazilian butt lift, breast enhancement, nose job and have fillers in her cheeks.
The total for her procedures was $30,000.
Over the past four months, Dr Rose said the name on all patients’ lips was that of Donald Trump’s daughter.
Jenny Stuart, (pictured) a 36-year-old from Houston, said she admired the ‘classy, pretty’ woman
‘She’s the star of the media at the moment and she’s disarmingly beautiful.
‘You get a lot of J.Lo, everyone wants her buttocks, but over the past four months it’s been all about Ivanka.
‘Most patients under 45 come in with pictures on their cell phone to show me,’ he added.
While Ivanka’s look is revered, none have come calling to morph themselves into her stepmother, Melania.
‘Melania’s face is a little severe. She gets a lot of Botox, I think Ivanka and her might go to the same surgeon because Ivanka has had fillers and Botox over the years too,’ he told DailyMail.com.
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