Recent Poll Finds Cosmetic Procedures Enhance Well-being

The demand for body contouring in NYC has been growing in recent years. More and more men and women are having minimally invasive and non-invasive cosmetic procedures to reshape their body and enhance their appearance. But it seems that it’s not just about looking good. United Press International recently reported on a new survey which found that people who choose minimally invasive cosmetic procedures do so because they want to feel good, not just look good. The results of the poll were published online on August 15 in JAMA Dermatology.

To researchers surveyed about 500 adult patients in the U.S., most of whom were white middle-aged women. The patients had undergone some kind of relatively non-invasive cosmetic procedure between 2016 and 2017. The poll found that the key driving force for choosing cosmetic procedures is a personal desire to feel happy and confident with better quality life. The results of the survey are as follows:

  • Nearly seven in 10 of the respondents said they chose the procedure to improve their psychological well-being.
  • Over 50 percent of the respondents also wanted to protect their health, boost their confidence levels in a social setting, or look “professional” at work.Cosmetic Procedures

The author of the study noted, “Patients’ motivations for cosmetic procedures are not trivial, and those who get such treatments are sensible, normal people who are not just obsessed with their appearance. They have a range of motivations.”

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) annual plastic surgery procedural statistics, up to 17.5 million surgical and minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures were performed in the U.S. in 2017 that is a 2 percent increase over 2016. The report showed a rising interest in minimally-invasive and non-invasive procedures, that is minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures have increased nearly 200% since 2000, showing that Americans are turning to new and innovative ways to shape their bodies.

The study author points out that today’s advancements in technology and the new techniques invented by dermatologists have also increased the demand for minimally invasive and non-invasive procedures. Unlike traditional plastic surgery procedures, these procedures provide many of the benefits as conventional procedures, but without the risk, scars, and downtime. The researchers reported that newer procedures accounted for the most of the more than 7 million aesthetic services performed by U.S. dermatologists in 2016.

Non-invasive cosmetic procedures do not break the skin and are applied on the top of the skin, whereas minimally invasive cosmetic procedures may break the skin, but not as much traditional cosmetic procedures do. For example, filler and neuro-modular injections are used to address the sagging aging face while reducing lines and wrinkles, and liposuction is used simultaneously to suction off excess fat through tiny incisions.

The patients who were polled for the survey had undergone a wide variety of non-invasive procedures including laser and light treatments for brown spots, blood vessels, wrinkle reduction, scar treatment and hair removal; chemical peels, non-surgical skin tightening and fat reduction with radiofrequency energy, cold treatment, or ultrasound. Moreover, the poll results suggested that age did have an impact on patient’s choice, that is, older patients wanted to treat visible signs of aging, whereas the younger patients were more interested in treatments that help to avoid or slow aging.

Dr. Jeffrey Janis, president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, said the survey “reinforces much of what plastic surgeons have learned from patients over the years.” He adds that “physical and mental well-being is powerful motivating factors, as is the desire to ward off the signs of aging or delay the aging process.”

Minimally invasive procedures can greatly improve a person’s appearance and restore youthful appeal. However, having the procedures performed by experienced and skilled dermatologists/cosmetic surgeons is paramount. Only an expert can tell if you will benefit from a minimally invasive procedure.

Practices offering cosmetic surgery in Manhattan, NYC, provide both minimally and non-invasive procedures. If you are considering a procedure, find an AAAASF accredited plastic surgery practice with well-trained plastic surgeons. Expert surgeons will carefully evaluate your anatomical considerations, recommend the right cosmetic procedure, and provide customized treatment to meet your goals.