Most Popular Plastic Surgery Procedures in the U.S.

Plastic Surgery ProceduresPlastic surgery is performed to meet aesthetic as well as reconstructive goals. Procedures designed to slow down or reverse the signs of aging, resolve contour irregularities or deformities and beautify appearance fall under the category of cosmetic surgery. Reconstructive surgery, on the other hand, is performed to correct birth defects and deformities caused by traumatic events and surgery.

The demand for both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery in the United States has been growing and stood at nearly 21 million plastic surgery procedures in 2014. A report published by Insider Monkey notes that last year the industry witnessed the following trends:

  • an increased demand for minimally invasive cosmetic procedures
  • a decline in the total cosmetic surgical procedures
  • a negligible change in reconstructive procedures performed

The article reports on a joint effort by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and Data Harbor Solutions to identify the 10 most popular plastic surgery procedures in 2014. It’s obvious that these procedures account for the one billion dollars that Americans spent on plastic surgery last year.

A questionnaire was given to over 28,000 surgeons and the responses were later projected onto the complete population. The survey revealed the 10 most commonly performed plastic surgery procedures in America last year as:

  • Breast augmentation – 286,254
  • Sclerotherapy – 323,609
  • Non-ablative laser skin resurfacing – 391,253
  • Intense pulsed light treatment – 621,724
  • Microdermabrasion – 881,905
  • Laser Hair Removal – 1,112,046
  • Chemical Peel – 1,250,059
  • Soft tissue fillers – 2,301,673
  • Tumor Removal – 4,440,186
  • Botulinum Toxin Type A – 6,673,608

Breast augmentation is a popular option among women not only in US but the world over. It has retained its position among the top 5 cosmetic surgical procedures for women for several years at a stretch. Botox is the most common minimally-invasive cosmetic procedure for facial rejuvenation, trending among both celebrities and common people. The popularity of non-ablative laser skin resurfacing, microdermabrasion and chemical peels reveal the increasing interest in skin rejuvenation procedures. Dermal fillers help to diminish lines and wrinkles, and restore facial volume and fullness.

Plastic surgery practices now make things easier for prospective candidates by offering a comprehensive range of aesthetic and reconstructive treatments using the latest technology. In an established NYC surgical practice for instance, men and women can get customized treatments for any area that they wish to improve. Manned by expert plastic surgeons, these facilities help you achieve your goals safely and effectively.

Study Evaluates Effects of Facial Rejuvenation Surgery on Personality Traits

Facial Rejuvenation SurgeryThe desire to look more attractive and youthful is universal and that’s why facelift surgery has become such a popular option. The procedure can improve the signs of aging such as wrinkles and sagging and result in a more youthful, well-defined facial contour. Recent surveys have shown that social media, the selfie trend, workplace competition and peer pressure (especially among teens) are the main factors influencing the cosmetic surgery decision. A new study published online in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery reveals that facial rejuvenation surgery change the way people see you. The study looked at the impact of the procedure on perceived attractiveness, femininity, and personality.

The authors used ‘facial profiling’, a term they introduced to describe the act of determining personality attributes through visual observation. It highlights the fact that others judge you based on not just how young you look, but on the basis of other characteristics and the personal qualities that your face conveys.

The study involved a retrospective evaluation of 60 before and after (preoperative and postoperative) photographs of 30 white female patients who underwent facial rejuvenation surgery between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2013. The procedures they had included rhytidectomy (face-lift), upper and lower blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), eyebrow-lift, neck-lift, and/or chin implant.

The 60 photographs (30 preoperative and 30 postoperative) were put in 6 groups, each with 5 preoperative and 5 postoperative photographs. The photographs were then shown to a group of individuals who rated each photograph for 8 personality traits:

  • Aggressiveness
  • Extroversion
  • Likeability
  • Trustworthiness
  • Risk seeking
  • Social skills
  • Attractiveness
  • Femininity

When the researchers compared the preoperative and postoperative scores assigned by the raters, they found significant improvements in likeability, social skills, attractiveness, and femininity. There was no statistically significant improvement in scores for perceived trustworthiness, aggressiveness, extroversion and risk seeking.

The researchers say that their study shows that while facial rejuvenation surgery generally focuses on providing patients with a more youthful look, it can also influence other dimensions – likeability, social skills, attractiveness, and femininity.

In many contexts, how other people perceive you is important. Now that research shows that other people tend to think more highly of a person whose appearance improved with facial cosmetic surgery, this will surely enhance the popularity of this already accepted aesthetic procedure.

Is Brazilian Butt Lift a Safer Choice than Implants?

Brazilian Butt Lift ImplantsThe passion for a round, plump derriere is to a certain extent inspired by celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez and Kim Kardashian. Buttock augmentation is a cosmetic surgery procedure that can increase the volume and enhance the shape of the buttocks. Buttock implants are the traditional option for butt enhancement and recently a more natural option is available – Brazilian butt lift. A common question in the minds of those considering this cosmetic surgery is whether Brazilian butt lift (BBL) is a safer choice than implant augmentation? The answer could be a ‘yes’ in many respects. Let us see.

First of all, BBL is a cosmetic procedure that can help you naturally enhance your backside using your own fat, without the use of any artificial materials. So the primary benefit is that BBL has no implant related complications. The procedure involves removing the fat cells removed through liposuction and injecting it into the buttocks.

Butt implants do help you achieve a bigger back side but with risks. One of the drawbacks of implants is that they may leak or deflate, resulting in a range of problems. Other problems include implant movement, capsular contracture and implant displacement. The ultimate look and natural feel obtained through fat transfer may not be achieved with implant enhancement.

Another fact is that butt implant results are not permanent as no implants come with lifetime warranty. You will have to go for a replacement surgery at some point later in your life.

All this doesn’t mean that Brazilian butt lift is a perfect procedure with no risks. Of course, no procedure is hundred percent risk-free and so is BBL. Also, the availability of enough fat in the particular patient and survival of the fat harvested are important considerations. Some risks associated include blood clots, bruising, pain and numbness, which will resolve fairly quickly. Considering the advantages of this procedure:

  • More natural-looking end result
  • No risks of implant rupture or capsular contracture
  • No need for additional future surgical procedures for implant related issues
  • The donor site from where fat is harvested is contoured well.

The efficiency and successful outcome of the fat transfer procedure depends on the plastic surgeon that performs it. A skilled and experienced plastic surgeon specialized in the procedure should be chosen to experience a safe surgery and optimal results. Such a surgeon would know the right equation of adding and removing fat to ensure an attractive outcome.

Brazilian butt lift in Manhattan is provided at established plastic surgery practices by well-known plastic surgeons specialized in the treatment. Advanced techniques such as diagnostic imaging systems used in modern plastic surgery practices help with superior image-guided fat grafting.

Study Evaluates Tummy Tuck Surgery Complication Rates

Tummy Tuck SurgeryAll cosmetic surgery procedures involve an element of risk. According to a recent study, tummy tuck surgery comes with a higher risk of more serious complications than other types of cosmetic surgery. According to the researchers, the risks are even higher among those patients having the procedure in combination with other types of cosmetic surgery.

A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty addresses a pot belly and loose sagging skin including stretched abdominal regions and flaccidity caused by excessive weight loss. Plastic surgeons utilize advanced techniques to extract excess fat and tighten the abdominal skin.

The study, published in the November issue of the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, involved analysis of data during the period 2008 to 2013 from an insurance program that covered cosmetic surgery complications. It covered 25,000 people who had a tummy tuck, with 65 percent who had undergone it along with other cosmetic surgery procedures, and the remaining 35 percent who had tummy tuck alone. The main findings of the study are as follows:

  • About 3.1 percent of those who had only a tummy tuck developed complications; when it was combined with a body contouring procedure, the complication rate was 6.8 percent and when it was combined with body contouring as well as liposuction, the rate rose to 10.4 percent.
  • The major complications reported included hematomas (collection of blood outside blood vessels), infections, blood clots and lung-related problems.
  • The risk of major complications was 50 percent higher when other procedures were performed at the same time as abdominoplasty.
  • The findings hinted that male, obese or those aged 55 or older were at a higher risk of developing complications.
  • Factors such as the duration of the surgery and whether a large area of the body was affected by it also contributed to the complication rate.

According to a Live Science report, the study author advised patients to be aware that the major complications that occur more frequently after abdominoplasty.

He said, “These complications can have a major impact on the cosmetic result and their overall health”. So patients “should seek services from experienced plastic surgeons and should have a conversation about the risks involved.”

This piece of advice has enormous significance in that abdominoplasty ranks sixth in the list of popular cosmetic surgical procedures performed in the United States; ASPS statistics indicate that more than 117,000 procedures performed in 2014.

In leading AAAASF-accredited plastic surgery practices, the plastic surgeons take special care to evaluate a patient’s candidature carefully and explain the benefits and risks of the concerned procedure at the initial consultation. This enables patients to take an informed decision and proceed with confidence.

Brazilian Butt Lift – Choose a Qualified Plastic Surgeon

Butt LiftThe posterior plays a very important role in defining the female body. Perky buttocks and the sensuous curve created by the waist and hips are considered signs of a feminine body. While butt implants are the conventional option, women now have a more effective, safe, natural one which uses their own fat for the augmentation – the Brazilian butt lift. It’s no wonder that celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Jennifer Lopez have attracted so much attention with their ample derrieres, inspiring thousands of other women into getting plastic surgery to enhance their booty.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), buttock augmentation is one of the fastest growing cosmetic surgical procedures. With the increase in demand, established surgical practices in cities across the U.S. offer the procedure. However, the popularity of the procedure has also resulted in emergence of cheap alternatives – butt injections using unauthorized fillers. In addition to causing serious medical problems, such injections can even prove fatal, as revealed by recent reports.

The first right step towards a safe and optimal outcome for butt enhancement is finding qualified plastic surgeon who is specialized and experienced in the performing the procedure. While avoiding the risks associated implants, the Brazilian butt lift has the advantage that it provides natural looking results.

About 11,505 gluteal augmentation with fat grafting procedures were performed in 2014, showing an increase of 15 percent from 2013. The procedure involves removing fat from the abdomen, flanks or thighs via liposuction and injecting it into the buttocks to enhance projection and contour.

When it comes to female posterior contour, the buttocks cannot be viewed in isolation. Flaws above and below the buttock can impair the gluteal projection. The waist and adjoining areas must be contoured effectively to achieve the desired results.

New York is a good place to look for plastic surgeons who have mastered this butt augmentation technique. Do your research well and choose an AAAASF-accredited surgical practice in New York City that has surgeons with expertise in performing the Brazilian butt lift. Such surgeons would first conduct a thorough evaluation to determine your candidature for the treatment. Generally, to be an ideal candidate for a fat transfer procedure, you should have donor sites from which fat can be taken. You should also be healthy, with no circulation problems. Surgeons in established NYC plastic surgery practices use advanced techniques and resources to provide optimal outcomes.

Brazilian Butt Lift vs Butt Implant Surgery

Brazilian Butt LiftEvery woman dreams of having a well-shaped backside. Buttock augmentation is about rejuvenating and lifting the buttock area, and this procedure has become hugely popular with celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Jennifer Lopez showing off their curvaceous derrieres. Using the latest techniques, New York City plastic surgeons offer this as an outpatient procedure in their AAAASF-accredited practices.

This brings us to the two options available to enhance the buttocks – butt implants, the conventional method in which artificial implants are placed either under or on top of the muscle to enhance the size and shape of the butt, and minimally-invasive Brazilian butt augmentation, which uses the woman’s own fat for the enhancement.

According to a fashiontimes article, interest in Brazilian butt lifts (BBL) grew by 15% between 2013 and 2014. And it remained one of the most popular treatments on the site with nearly 6,000 women who got the procedure, earning it a ‘Worth It’ rating of 93% last year. The demand for butt implants also grew considerably during the period.

However, more and more women are now opting for the Brazilian butt lift, which uses the patient’s own fat to naturally augment and shape the buttocks. For women with sufficient fat to spare, leading plastic surgeons recommend this option over implants as it offers a more natural look with a reduced risk of complications. The issues associated with butt implants are:

  • They come with risks of complications such as implant movement/displacement, fluid collection, and capsular contracture.
  • They don’t offer the natural look and feel that fat grafting provides.
  • Butt implants are also not permanent and would have to be replaced after some years, which means the need for additional surgery.

Fat Transfer Butt Augmentation

Women with excess fat deposits in areas such as hips, flanks, abdomen, or lower back are ideal candidates for the Brazilian butt lift. The plastic surgeon harvests the fat using liposuction. The fat is then purified and processed for maximum survival, and injected into the fatty and muscle layers to create the desired enhancement. The fat is injected at different depths is done to ensure optimal fat absorption.

In an established plastic surgery practice in New York City, surgeons would use advanced technology to provide the best results. This includes advanced unique diagnostic imaging systems for precise placement of the fat. This technology allows the surgeon to view the superficial as well as the deep fat layers, know how much fat is being deposited, and see exactly where it is being placed.

Brazilian Butt Lift – A Better Overall Outcome

Compared to implants, the process of harvesting the fat offers a better overall outcome. The removal of fat from the surrounding areas improves the contour of the donor sites. In fact, a skilled plastic surgeon can contour the entire lower body complex comprising the waist and love handles to better highlight the curves and frames of the buttock.

The use of advanced energy-assisted methods of liposuction and fat injections makes Brazilian butt augmentation a minimally-invasive procedure. It allows the patient to benefit from smoother, easier extraction of fat as well as safe and effective enhancement of the buttocks – all with fewer surgical traumas to the body and minimal bruising.

‘Kardashian Effect’ Driving Demand for Buttock Augmentation

Buttock AugmentationThe demand for butt enhancement is soaring – thanks to “the Kardashian effect”, say news reports. Ever since pictures of Kim Kardashian with her curvacious behind appeared online, cosmetic surgical practices have seen a significant spurt in the number of women requesting this procedure. Even earlier, celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Nicki Minaj, and Beyoncé had sparked off the booty revolution. In fact, all these stars are influencing women’s perceptions about what the derriere should look like!

Women considering buttock enhancement have two options – butt implants and the Brazilian butt lift, which uses autologous fat for the augmentation. Nowadays, most women want to avoid implants due to the risks of complications, which has led to the rising popularity of the natural fat transfer method which can provide fuller, curvier, and rounder buttocks.

Leading plastic surgery practices in New York City have surgeons who are specialized in the Brazilian butt augmentation procedure. Liposuction is first performed to extract fat from areas of the body where it is available in excess such as the abdomen, flanks, lower back and the hips. The fat is processed and purified and then injected into specific areas of the buttocks to enhance size and shape. The result is a natural-looking, sensuous, attractive derriere.

An expert plastic surgeon based in New York, Dr Spero Theodorou explains why the Brazilian butt lift is so in-demand.

“The reason the butt lift gives such a good shape is because as well as the augmentation of the buttocks, we also remove unwanted fat around the waist and love handles, which accentuates the curves and frames the buttocks better,” the expert told Fashion Times.

The procedure can be an ideal choice for women looking to add volume to a flat derriere, shape up after pregnancy or weight loss, enhance buttock contour and improve proportions with the rest of the body. One of the main advantages of the natural augmentation method over implants is that removing excess fat improves the contour of the donor site as well.

This minimally invasive procedure can be performed under local anesthesia with benefits such as minimal side effects, scarring, discomfort and downtime. Established practices use advanced diagnostic imaging systems such as the TouchView™ System and 3D imaging to improve the outcomes of the Brazilian butt lift procedure.

Brazilian Butt Lift – Celebrity Inspired Trends Making This Trendier

Brazilian Butt LiftBrazilian butt lift is enjoying increasing popularity nowadays. Celebrity inspired plastic surgery is not something new. With celebs like Kim Kardashian and Nicki Minaj choosing butt augmentation procedures to shape their bums, Brazilian butt lift surgery is getting trendier in cities such as New York City (NYC) and other cities. Other celebrities who have inspired the trend are Jennifer Lopez, Sofia Vergara and Jessica Biel.So what is unique about this elective surgery? It is a safe procedure that provides youthful, perkier and prominent buttocks and a more sensual body profile.

Specifically, Kim Kardashian’s killer curves are now attracting more and more women to undergo the procedure and look fabulous like her. A recent case is that of a 36-year-old nurse who underwent a ‘Brazilian butt lift’ to have a derriere that would rival that of her idol Kim Kardashian. As the procedure involved taking fat from another body part and transferring it to her bum, this woman had to gain as much weight as she could. Fat was sucked out of her arms, back, abs and thighs using liposuction and four pounds of fat were injected into her butt to make it bigger. This candidate is more than happy with the results.

The increase in popularity of social media and the emergence of Instagram stars like Jen Selter has also contributed to the “booty boom.”

Several reports indicate that the revolutionary butt augmentation procedure is on the rise.

  • RealSelf Trends – About 47% of plastic surgeons said they received a higher number of butt-related procedure requests from women in 2015 compared to 2014.
  • Cosmetic Surgery National Data Bank Statistics – Over 21,000 people underwent the procedure in 2014, marking an 86 percent increase from the previous year. The trend continued into 2015.

Enhancing your derriere is now safe and easy with minimally invasive Brazilian butt lift. Unlike butt implants, this natural procedure involves both liposuction and fat transfer. It can successfully address the following aesthetic concerns:

  • Sagging buttocks
  • Flat buttocks
  • Asymmetrical buttocks
  • Buttocks that have changed shape due to massive weight loss
  • Small or disproportionate buttocks

Fat is removed from areas such as the abdomen, hips, or thighs where there is excess body fat(donor body parts) and the extracted fat is purified and injected into the buttocks to offer the desired contour. The major advantage of this surgery is that along with achieving a round, sexy derriere, candidates can also contour their donor body parts without undergoing a separate procedure.Other benefits include:

  • Less bleeding
  • Shorter recovery period
  • No risk of using a foreign material for enhancement
  • Minimal discomfort
  • No incisions or stitches
  • No general anesthesia or hospital stay

An experienced plastic surgeon will be aware of the fact that the right amount of fat removal and fat injection is the key to a successful procedure. Reliable plastic surgery practices use advanced systems such as TouchView™ to ensure precision and safety for the procedure. This system allows the surgeon to see exactly where the fat is being placed and also how much fat is being deposited. If the fat is extracted, processed and injected correctly, the results should be long lasting.

Popularity of Lip Augmentation Growing

Lip AugmentationWhen it comes to features that enhance facial appeal, the lips are believed to come only second to the eyes. Recent reports indicate that there is a rising interest in lip augmentation – fuller lips are considered exotic and are being increasingly looked upon as a new standard of beauty. In fact, studies have shown that one mark of female attractiveness is wider and fuller lips in relation to facial width as well as greater vermilion height or lip height. The vermilion border is the outer red portion of the upper and lower lips.

Interest Fuelled by Celebrity Cosmetic Surgery Transformations

The recent interest in lip injections is largely fuelled by pictures of celebrities – such as Kylie Jenner, Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan to name a few – who have had the procedure. And it’s lip fillers or injections and not implants that are becoming more and more popular to give the lips that plumper, fuller look.

Lip Enhancement Procedure – Things You Should Know

If you are considering lip enhancement, make sure you consult a plastic surgeon or a dermatologist who is experienced in the procedure to avoid a botch-up. Established practices offer the procedure with injectable fillers, autologous fat and implants, and perform it either as part of a face lift or as a standalone cosmetic treatment. In addition to increasing lip volume, the treatment can improve the appearance of lipstick lines by smoothing out the creasing along the lip border.

The filler treatment is relatively simple and takes just a short time. You can choose the areas of your lips that you want to fill out – you can do the bottom lip, top lip or both. An expert surgeon will guide you in determining what will suit your face the best. Your lips will be a little swollen at first but recovery time is usually short. Results become visible soon and improve over time.

It’s important that you report any preexisting allergies that you have to the surgeon as the filler material could cause an allergic reaction. This cosmetic surgical procedure is ideal for women who have thin lips or whose lips have lost volume due to aging. An ideal candidate would also be in good health and have reasonable expectations about the outcome.

Lip augmentation, when successfully performed, enhances the look of the entire face. Dermal fillers can make the lips look full and sensuous look, restore a youthful appearance and improve the balance of a woman’s facial features.

AAFPRS Survey: 75% of Adults in Dallas Considering Cosmetic Procedures

Cosmetic ProceduresAccording to a new survey of men and women in Dallas, Texas, about 75% of adults are considering or have already had cosmetic procedures on the face or neck. The remaining 25% (160 people) said they were undecided. This indicates that most of the city’s residents are not hesitant about going under the knife to enhance their appearance.

The Cosmetic Surgery Times report lists the factors, which according to the survey are driving people to have cosmetic surgery:

  • About 22% of respondents said it was their pictures on social media that motivated them to make aesthetic improvements. The selfie craze has exploded across all age groups over the last five years. Both teens and adults reported being frustrated on seeing their ‘imperfections’ blown up on selfies and pictures posted online. Surprisingly, men (31%) were more anxious about their looks in selfies than women (19%).
  • Thirteen percent of the people surveyed revealed that an upcoming major life event such as a wedding had fueled their desire to have cosmetic surgery.
  • About 15% of the respondents said they had an aesthetic procedure to stay professionally competitive. One-third of the men considered facial plastic surgery to compete in the workforce compared to only 10% of women.
  • When asked about the major areas of concern, about 40% of the respondents said they were bothered about the neck, 39% about the eyes, 33% about the lips, and the rest by the nose and forehead.

This Dallas survey is indicative of the wider picture. Many surveys conducted in the recent past have shown similar trends across the U.S. Advancements in technology have resulted in minimally-invasive and non-invasive cosmetic procedures that are safe and effective, and involve little downtime. This has made the treatments less daunting.

In fact, the report quotes the President of AAFPRS as saying, “The recent FDA approval of the ‘fat melting’ drug Kybella [Kythera Biopharmaceuticals] is spurring a surge in requests for procedures to improve neck contours.”

One of the best places to have cosmetic treatments is in an AAAASF-accredited NYC plastic surgery practice. Choosing the right practice will go a long way in ensuring optimal results.