Plastic surgery procedures have increased in popularity during the past few years. Advanced techniques and technologies have enhanced the reliability and safety of plastic surgery with the result that more women and men than ever before are requesting aesthetic improvements. The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) has reported a dramatic rise in the demand for cosmetic treatments in 2013, up by 17% from 2012.
BAAPS comments on this dramatic increase as the most impressive rise in demand since the recession in 2008. In fact, the audit shows an “impressive double-digit rise in all cosmetic procedures”, with the distinction that a single individual procedure saw a decrease on the year. Up to 50,122 cosmetic procedures were performed in 2013. Liposuction topped the list with a hike in demand by 41%. Younger people of average age 33 were seen to have gone in for body slimming and anti-ageing treatments. Men showed the most interest in rhinoplasty or nose jobs, while breast enhancement was the most popular choice among women.
The BAAPS statistics on the plastic surgery procedures performed in the UK last year are as follows
- Breast augmentation up 13% to 11,135
- Eyelid surgery up 14% to 7,808
- Face and neck lifts up 13% to 6,380
- Breast reduction up 12.5% to 5,476
- Nose jobs up 17% to 4,878
- Liposuction up 41% to 4,326
- Tummy tuck up 16% to 3,466
- Fat transfer operations up 14.5% to 3,302
- Brow lifts up 17% to 2,138
- Ear corrections up 14% to 1,213
In the U.S., too, the demand for plastic surgery is rising. As per the annual plastic surgery procedural statistics released by American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), 15.1 million cosmetic surgery procedures, including both minimally-invasive and surgical, were performed in the United States in 2013, marking a fourth consecutive year of growth. The year 2013 showed an increase in demand for cosmetic surgery procedures, up by 3% from 2012.
In this era of social communication, selfies are a great way to introduce yourself or show people what you are doing and how you are feeling. And as the selfie trend grows, the demand for cosmetic surgery is also growing, finds a study by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS). The widespread use of smartphones equipped with cameras and image-based social media sites such as Instagram, Snapchat and the iPhone app Selfie.im are making people scrutinize and become more critical of their own image.
The AAFPRS study which covered 2,700 members noted that “one in three facial plastic surgeons surveyed saw an increase in requests for procedures due to patients being more self aware of looks in social media”. Up to 13 percent of the respondents in the survey identified two major reasons for the rise in the demand for cosmetic surgery procedures – increased photo sharing on social media sites and people disappointment with the way they look in their selfies. The report said there was a 10 percent rise in nose-related procedures from the previous year, a 6 percent rise in eyelid surgery, and a 7 percent increase in hair transplants.
The survey also reports that women accounted for 81 percent of the demand for face-based surgical procedures such as nose surgery, eyelid surgery, and facelift. In addition to that, mommy-makeovers seem to be a rising trend, with women requesting liposuction surgery to get back their youthful bodies. About 69 percent of individuals who were bullied about their looks underwent procedures and 31 percent, to prevent being bullied.
Many individuals approach a plastic surgeon with a photo of a celebrity or model they wish to resemble, though this may not be a practical goal as these photos are usually enhanced. If you are considering cosmetic surgery, remember that you need to have realistic goals. And don’t compromise when it comes to your safety – make sure you consult an experienced plastic surgeon in an accredited plastic practice.
Earlier, cosmetic surgery procedures to improve the overall appearance were mostly the prerogative of celebrities. At present, common people are also coming forward to utilize advanced cosmetic surgery treatments to regain a youthful appearance. It is quite interesting to note that cosmetic surgery procedures are attracting teens as well now. The good results offered by various procedures can have a positive impact on their physical and emotional development.
According to the ASAPS (American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery) statistics of procedures performed in 2012, some of the common procedures teens choose to undergo include the following.
- Otoplasty – to improve the shape, position or proportion of the ear
- Rhinoplasty – to enhance the nasal appearance and improve the breathing function
- Breast reduction – sculpt the overly developed breasts to help resolve back and shoulder pain, and restriction of physical activity
- Correction of breast asymmetry – performed when the shape and size of the two breasts differ from each other, so as to make them proportionate.
- Treatment of Gynecomastia – teenage boys who are self conscious about their excessive breast development can undergo the treatment to restore their masculine appearance.
However, young candidates for cosmetic surgery must be very cautious when deciding on a cosmetic surgery treatment and most importantly taking the assistance of parents would be appropriate. They must be sure about the credentials of the plastic surgeon providing the treatment. More importantly, treatment should be sought for body parts that are fully developed. This is to avoid interference in their natural growth; moreover, one may miss getting the maximum benefits surgery if the particular part continues development. Youngsters must also have the maturity to understand the benefits and limitations of the proposed surgery, and should have realistic expectations about the outcome.