Excess stubborn fat deposits that have a negative impact on your overall body contour can be successfully removed through plastic surgery procedures such as liposuction. People don’t mind going under the knife to get the well-sculpted body of their dreams. However, with the advent of non-surgical fat reduction procedures that offer impressive results similar to surgical treatment and with lesser downtime, more people have switched to this option.
According to an ASAPS report, non-surgical fat reduction procedures showed an impressive rise in popularity last year. A noticeable forty-three percent hike in such procedures was seen since 2013. Interestingly, the findings reveal that 2014 was the first time ever when over 100,000 non-surgical fat reduction procedures were carried out in a single year.
An ASAPS official commented on the trend saying, “Nonsurgical fat reduction is a new frontier in the realm of cosmetic procedures. The rise in its popularity is indicative of the public’s desire for nonsurgical alternatives in lieu of their invasive counterparts. Due to the technological advancement and efficacy of nonsurgical fat reduction devices, it’s not surprising that more people are opting to freeze or melt away stubborn body fat in the comfort of their surgeon’s office as opposed to undergoing surgery; however it must be noted the results aren’t the same. Not everyone is a candidate for nonsurgical treatment as well. Many will still be better served from a surgical approach to include liposuction.”
Considering the non-surgical options for fat reduction, one of the most popular and widely performed is CoolSculpting. The procedure uses cooling technology to freeze the targeted fat cells and eliminate them naturally through the body’s metabolic process. Sources say over 1.5 million people have utilized the possibilities of CoolSculpting so far worldwide. FDA has cleared it for noninvasive fat reduction in the abdomen, flank and thighs that are otherwise hard to treat fat areas.
Highlights of the treatment include:
- Surrounding tissues are not harmed
- Natural, controlled elimination of fat cells
- There are reports of 95% patient satisfaction rate
- Results as early as three weeks after their session
- Dramatic results within 1-3 months after treatment
However, the fact remains that it doesn’t work for large amounts of fat, which could be typically better dealt with by liposuction. The ASAPS official said “It’s not meant for weight loss, it’s meant for contour changes.” Such advanced procedures that don’t demand going under the knife to achieve aesthetic improvements are likely to be embraced by more and more individuals looking for an improved body shape.
What makes a woman attractive to a man physically is a question that provokes never-ending discussion. An attractive posterior has always been in the spotlight, more so recently with celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Jennifer Lopez displaying their beautiful curves. This has drawn attention to Brazilian butt augmentation, a procedure offered by skilled NYC plastic surgeons. A recent study has highlighted a new element – a curved spine which ends in a curvy butt.
In the past, research has looked at the relationship between attractiveness and waist-hip-ratio (WHR). Linking a woman’s health, fertility and WHR, it was stated that female “mate value” was determined by her WHR. The researcher concluded that men liked women with a small waist and big hips which signal youth and fertility. The recent study adds an extra dimension to this by looking at human evolutionary theory to explain the male preference for women with a prominent posterior that is the result of a curved spine.
The extra mass around the buttocks improves the curvature of the spine, popularly known as the ‘S-curve’. According to the study, this curve would have allowed ancestral women to move their centre of mass back over their hips during pregnancy, minimizing fitness threats. This would have made them more attractive as mates.
The researchers had more than 300 men rate the attractiveness of female shape that had lumbar curvatures which ranged from 26 to 61 degrees. The results were as follows:
- The men found a curved spine with an angle of 45 degrees as the most attractive, describing it as just right
- It was found that the structure of the spine was the key and not just buttock volume and muscle
According to an article in the Huffington Post, these findings give a new explanation as to why Kim Kardashian and Jennifer Lopez, with their noticeably beautiful curved derrieres, are considered so attractive. In fact, these celebrities have boosted the demand for the S-curve Brazilian butt lift. This cosmetic surgical procedure improves the volume, shape and position of the posterior using the woman’s own fat – rather than implants.
The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) reports a remarkable 86 percent increase in buttock augmentation treatments in 2013-2014. Reports from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) say that in 2014, buttock implants rose by 98 percent (1,863 procedures), buttock augmentation with fat grafting rose by 15 percent (11,505 procedures) and buttock lifts by 44 percent (3,505 procedures).
Many surveys conducted over the past few years have reported on the increase in cosmetic surgery requests fuelled by social media and the selfie trend. Official statistics confirm this, according to a recent report. The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) says that 33% of the surgeons in a survey said that the selfie craze has increased plastic surgery requests in the past two years.
The survey indicated the influence of selfies and social media in general:
- One in three facial plastic surgeons surveyed said that, in general, the “selfie” craze and social media were responsible for rise in requests for procedures
- Selfies were said to be the reason for the surge in self-awareness and aesthetic procedures requests especially in people under 30. Thirty-four percent of facial surgeons surveyed reported that women under 35 are concerned about their skin seeking to prevent visible signs of aging for longer, while 23 percent of facial surgeons surveyed stated that men under 35 are seeking rhinoplasty, neck liposuction, chin implants, and acne scar reduction procedures.
- 13% of the respondents noted the reason patients consulted a facial plastic surgeon was increased photo sharing and dissatisfaction with their own image on social media sites
- Rhinoplasty, hair transplants, and eyelid surgery are the most requested treatments as the face is the key factor in a selfie.
Then AAFPRS President Edward Farrior, MD said, “Social platforms like Instagram, Snapchat and the iPhone app Selfie.im, which are solely image based, force patients to hold a microscope up to their own image and often look at it with a more self-critical eye than ever before.”
Filter-based apps like Instagram and FaceTune might have contributed to the noticeable increase in demand for facial cosmetic procedures in the recent times. You can improve on your features using these apps and show them to your surgeon to indicate the change you would like.
According to an AAFPRS survey published in Match 2014, 13 percent of facial plastic surgeons saw an increase in requests for celebrity-inspired procedures in 2014, which was higher by 3 percent in 2013 and 7 percent in 2012. Angelina Jolie’s lips and cheekbones, Kim Kardashian’s eyes and jawline, Beyoncé’s facial structure, Brad Pitt’s nose, and Natalie Portman’s nose were the features that inspired most requests.
However, experts advise people to proceed with caution. Most often, “celebrity photos re-touched and this can lead consumers to foster unrealistic expectations and seek excessive or extreme surgeries.
When it comes to the rising popularity of cosmetic treatments, it’s not just about selfies, social media and celebrities. Many other factors play a role too. Consumers are better informed about the procedures thanks to the availability of reliable information on the Web and advances in medical technology which have resulted in less invasive and even non-invasive techniques.
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) annually releases the statistical report for the cosmetic procedures performed in the country for the particular year. The data sheet mostly includes the total number of procedures performed in each category, top procedures, male and female trends in procedures, and region-wise trends among other details. ASPS has now released the statistical report for 2014 and highlighted the top 5 cosmetic surgical procedures performed last year.
- According to the report, breast augmentation is the top most procedure on the list even though its demand dropped by 1% from 2013. A total of 286,000 procedures were done in the category.
- Following breast augmentation, nose reshaping secured the second spot and its demand also dropped by 2% from 2013. Altogether, there were 217,000 rhinoplasty procedures performed in 2014.
- Liposuction ranked third in the top 5 procedures but with an interesting increase in demand of 5% considering the figures for 2013. A total of 211,000 lipo procedures were performed in 2014.
- Even though its demand dropped by 4% from 2013, the fourth most popular procedure in the list was eyelid surgery. 207,000 procedures were performed in that category.
- Facelift also dropped by 4% in demand from 2013 but was the 5th most popular cosmetic procedure in the US last year with about 128,000 procedures in 2014.
According to the report, 1, 677, 47 cosmetic procedures were performed in the US last year. From the figures for 2013 (1,668,420 procedures), it showed a 1% rise this year.
Considering the figures for cosmetic minimally invasive procedures, Botulinum Toxin Type A ranked first followed by soft tissue fillers, chemical peel, laser hair removal and microdermabrasion in that order.
Men and women often seek cosmetic procedures in an effort to increase self-confidence. Aesthetic surgery provided by skilled and experienced plastic surgeons are a way to improve your appearance. Patients who do the procedures under a qualified cosmetic or plastic surgeon are usually very happy with the results. While this is the norm there are a lot of people who look for DIY procedures.
DIY plastic surgery procedures are an alarming trend, and some people go for this in the hope that they can achieve their aesthetic goals effortlessly and with minimal expense. A number of bad experiences are being reported with people using DIY kits.
Needless to say, it is vital that you disregard the concept of ‘cheap’ in plastic surgery and value safety and effectiveness. A skilled plastic surgeon with experience in providing the treatment is very important when considering cosmetic surgery.
Recently, Daily News carried a report about an Argentinean woman who lost her life due to a botched DIY breast augmentation procedure. She injected petroleum jelly into her chest to make her breasts larger. The report says that she died from a blood clot that formed in her lung some weeks after the procedure.
Only very few cases have been reported where the DIY procedures proved successful. Some of those who underwent the same experienced no difference in their appearance and ended up with loss of money invested. DIY kits are dangerous, but equally dangerous is the practice of getting the injections from non-physicians.
As this article points out, when DIY injections such as Botox go wrong, it may paralyze the wrong muscles, result in droopy eyelids and eyebrows or poor eyesight. Wrongly administered Botox in other areas of the neck and face can result in impaired speech and swallowing troubles. As no sterility or the right dose is guaranteed with a DIY Botox, there could be health risks involved. For a positive difference in the outcome, it is always advisable to consult an experienced surgeon. Only such a surgeon can ensure that you receive FDA-approved, sterile doses and would administer it on the right spots to provide safe and effective outcomes. Botox is just an example, and the same is the case with any other cosmetic procedure.