A growing number of people are turning to cosmetic procedures to enhance their looks. Every year, The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery releases statistics on the procedures performed and the numbers for 2011 are in. Last year almost 9.2 million cosmetic surgical and nonsurgical procedures were performed in the United States, and some procedures that made the list are no surprise. Not only are some of the procedures like Botox minimally invasive, many are proven to help men and women look younger and more rejuvenated with a low risk of side effects and recovery time. The top surgical procedures are equally no surprise: most men and women desire a sleek look, and that’s why liposuction made this year’s most requested surgery procedure.
“For fifteen years these statistics have been a large part of the Aesthetic Society’s public education mission,” said Jeffrey M. Kenkel, MD, President of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. “Since 1997, the interest in and demand for cosmetic plastic surgery has risen exponentially and our comprehensive statistics continue to show that.”
Which procedures hit the top of the list in 2011?
Top 5 surgical procedures:
- Liposuction (325, 332)
- Breast augmentation (316,868)
- Abdominoplasty (149,410)
- Eyelid surgery (147,540)
- Breast lift (127,054)
Top 5 minimally invasive procedures:
- Botox (2,619,739)
- Hyaluronic acid (1,206,186)
- Laser hair removal (919,802)
- Microdermabrasion (499,427)
- IPL laser treatment (439,161)
The number of cosmetic surgeries has grown by 197 percent since the numbers were first recorded in 1997. The hot procedure in 2011 was Botox, with more than two million procedures performed. Botox is an injectable that reduces the looks of fine lines and wrinkles and usually requires treatment every 4 to 6 weeks. Predominately women seek this treatment; however, there are a growing number of men that opt for this procedure as well.
While experienced cosmetic surgeons welcome the increase in procedures like Botox, they also stress the importance of finding a qualified doctor to perform the procedure. This issue is of particular interest now as a growing number of seniors chose cosmetic procedures.
“Growth in demand will likely continue to grow as baby boomers and their offspring begin to explore surgical options,” said Dr. Kenkel. “Minimally-invasive procedures such as Botox and soft tissue filler work to a point. However, as you age and gravity takes over, surgical procedures that lift the skin and reshape the underlying tissues are necessary in order to show significant improvement.”
The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery suggests every patient should talk with a board-certified surgeon to review risks and benefits prior to undergoing any plastic surgery procedure. Patients should ask to see before and after pictures and openly discuss expectations. Every patient should know about the recovery process and have a plan in place for an emergency.
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