ASPS Reports the Top 5 Cosmetic Surgical Procedures in 2019

The popularity of cosmetic surgery is increasing day by day as more and more men and women are opting to have body contouring in NYC. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) released their Annual Procedural Statistics recently. According to the study, 18.1 million cosmetic procedures were performed in the United States in 2019. This includes nearly 1.8 million cosmetic surgical procedures (no change from 2018), and 16.3 million cosmetic minimally-invasive procedures, which is a 2% increase from 2018.

Cosmetic Surgical Procedures

According to the ASPS, the top 5 cosmetic surgical procedures performed in the country in 2019 are:

  1. Breast augmentation: Being on the top first position for more than a decade, a total of 299,715 breast augmentation procedures were performed by Americans in 2019, but unfortunately witnessed a 4% decrease from 2018. Among the total breast augmentations performed in 2019, silicone implants were used in 85%, and saline implants in 15%.
  2. Liposuction: A total of 265,209 procedures were performed in the US in 2019. This shows an impressive increase of 3 percent compared to 2018 statistics.
  3. Eyelid surgery: With a total of 211,005 procedures, this procedure is the third in the list of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures performed in 2019. It noted a 2% increase considering the popularity in 2018.
  4. Nose reshaping: This treatment was the fourth most performed in the US last year with a total of 207,284 procedures. It noted a decrease of 3 percent considering the figures of 2018.
  5. Facelift: On the 5th spot on the list, a total of 123,685 face lift procedures were performed in the country last year. This is about 2 percent increase from the figures of 2018. However, these days, facial cosmetic surgery has gained popularity with the development of non-surgical facial skin rejuvenation techniques such as EVOKE and EmbraceRF.

Interestingly, three of the five top cosmetic surgical procedures were focused on the face. InMode EVOKE treatment in NYC is one of the latest additions to nonsurgical facial remodeling options that uses proprietary radiofrequency (RF) technology to remodel facial tissue safely and effectively. EmbraceRF is another technology that combines two procedures FaceTite and Morpheus8, an FDA-approved Subdermal Adipose Remodeling Device (SARD) to provide deep fractional subdermal adipose remodeling for face.

Cosmetic surgical procedures, with notable gains in 2019 but not listed among the Top 5, include:

  • Buttock augmentation w/ fat grafting: With a total of 28,076 procedures, this procedure noted an increase of 17% from last year’s statistics.
  • Labiaplasty: A total of 11,218 procedures were performed in the US in 2019, which shows an increase of 9 percent compared to statistics of 2018.

Along with cosmetic surgical and minimally-invasive, 5.9 Million Reconstructive Procedures were also performed in 2019, 1% increase from 2018.

Top Five Cosmetic Minimally-Invasive Procedures

ASPS has also reported the top 5 cosmetic minimally-invasive procedures, which include:

  • Botulinum Toxin Type A
  • Soft Tissue Fillers
  • Chemical Peel
  • Laser Hair Removal
  • Intense Pulsed Light

If you are interested in any of these cosmetic surgery procedures, make sure you find an experienced and skilled plastic surgeon in NYC to perform it. A skilled and experienced plastic surgeon in NYC will evaluate your concerns and provide customized solutions. Especially amid this current pandemic, make sure to choose an AAAASF-accredited plastic surgery practice that adheres to all COVID-19 protocols, so that you can ensure the practice focuses on the health and safety of patients, staff, and facility.

Paula Abdul Opens Up about Cosmetic Procedures she had Ahead of Las Vegas Residency

Singer, dancer, choreographer and pop legend Paula Abdul’s made news recently with her admission about having cosmetic surgery. She is set to kick off the second leg of her Forever Your Girl Las Vegas residency on October 22. Appearing on “The Wendy Williams Show” on October 3, Paula openly talked about the procedures she had when the host praised her for “never” aging. The 57-year-old singer admitted to having aesthetic treatment because she wanted a “little sleeker jawline” before launching her Las Vegas residency. InMode’s minimally-invasive BodyTite/FaceTite technology helped her achieve her goals. In fact, Paula has been roped in as brand ambassador for InMode in August.

“Women of our age, we start really looking for aesthetic treatments that resonate with you. I was thinking, I’m going to have my residency, I want to do something but I wasn’t ready to have the big incisions or any face lift,” Paula said on The Wendy Williams show.

After hearing about InMode’s minimally-invasive and no scar procedures, she decided to give it a try. The BodyTite system proved the ideal option to sculpt and remodel Paula’s arms while EmbraceRF that combines two powerful InMode technologies, FaceTite and Morpheus8, addressed her lower face, jawline and neck. Paula said that what she loved about InMode’s technology is it’s minimally invasive and involves no visible scars and no big incisions.

Her host’s remark, “I don’t see anything, except a flat neck” confirm the successful outcomes.

Unlike more extensive cosmetic surgery, which requires general anesthesia, InMode’s minimally-invasive radiofrequency assisted procedures need only local anesthesia. Paula said she was given an Ativan, an anti-anxiety medication and that her procedure took an hour, maybe less. Downtime was minimal too – she was “walking around two or three days later”, she told the show’s host.

At age 57, Paula looks as good as some women half her age and has the physique to show it. Though she is very physically active and keeps fit with her workout routine that includes a lot of stretching and back and core work, she acknowledges the aging effects that gravity can have on the body. InMode’s technology proved the right option to address age-related aesthetic concerns in her arms, lower face, jawline and neck.

Excited by her results, Paula wants to share what the BodyTite/FaceTite procedure did for her and can do for others. She said, ”I am proud to get the word out about what InMode’s amazing technology in face and body rejuvenation can do for people like me who notice the inevitable effects of natural aging. While maintaining a healthy lifestyle of fitness and skincare routines, I still wanted more definition and tighter, firmer skin at my jawline and arms – and InMode’s BodyTite and FaceTite helped me restore a sleeker, more youthful look without invasive cosmetic surgery. I am very pleased with the results!”

Plastic surgeon Spero Theodorou, MD of bodySCULPT in NYC who is also InMode’s Chief Medical Officer, noted that Paula was an excellent choice as InMode’s brand ambassador.

provides-long lasting attractive result

Leading NYC plastic surgeons Drs. Spero Theodorou and Christopher T. Chia of bodySCULPT in NYC invented BodyTite on Arms, a scarless arm lift procedure. This is an innovative RF technique used to enhance the contour of your arms under local anesthesia to tighten and remove the excess skin under the arms, without leaving any scars. Dr Theodorou also developed EmbraceRF, a unique one-time facial rejuvenation solution effectively treats skin laxity and excess fat accumulation in the face and neck area.

bodySCULPT® Surgeons to Speak at the 22nd Annual Dallas Cosmetic Surgery™ and Medicine Meeting

Dr. Christopher Chia and Dr. Spero J. Theodorou, bodySCULPT plastic surgeons will participate and speak at the 22nd Annual Dallas Cosmetic Surgery™ and Medicine Meeting scheduled to be held on March 20 and March 21, 2019 at the Westin Galleria Dallas, Dallas. The Dallas Cosmetic Meeting brings together a world-class faculty and the program includes presentations, live demonstrations, panel discussions, pre-recorded video, and Q&A sessions with audience participation. The meeting aims to instruct physicians and residents on how to achieve safe and reproducible aesthetic results.

Cosmetic Surgery

On the first day, March 20, 2019, the focus will be on cosmetic medicine and attendees can benefit from exposure to new technology and patient safety in lasers, non-invasive fat removal, skin tightening, and dermal fillers among other topics. Dr. Chia would speak on the following topics:

  • Body Contouring/Skin Tightening: “Non-Invasive Rejuvenation – Where it Works Best and Why” – 8:00 – 8:20 am
  • Minimally Invasive Approaches in Body Contouring: “What Is the Next Revolution in Body Contouring” – 9:30 – 9:55 am

The Dallas Cosmetic Meeting is designed for board-certified physicians who are interested in learning the latest techniques and advances in surgical and non-surgical facial rejuvenation, as well as breast and body contouring surgery. It will highlight new innovations and technology in a variety of topics including skin tightening and non-invasive fat removal, lasers and skin discussions featuring approaches to scars and tattoos, fillers and neuromodulators, combination therapies, practice management, social media and much more. The spotlight will be on controversies and innovations in facial, breast and body contouring procedures including the use of fat for augmenting the face, breasts and buttocks.

The target audience expected to attend this meeting includes:

  • Plastic Surgeons
  • Facial Plastic Surgeons
  • Otolaryngologists
  • Oculoplastic Surgeons
  • Dermatologists
  • Non-physician Providers (registered nurses, physicians’ assistants, nurse practitioners, skincare aestheticians, injectors) – working in the office of a board-certified physician in the specified areas

The major purpose and content of this meeting includes:

  • Attendees will become familiar with the latest techniques and advances in cosmetic medicine.
  • The focus will be on controversies and advances in face, breast and body contouring procedures.
  • Interactive discussions will concentrate on surgical and non-surgical options for facial rejuvenation and autologous fat grafting.
  • Attendees will be able to view demonstrations of the latest injectables and technology.
  • The cadaver lab will include one-on-one instruction from leading cosmetic surgeons presenting cutting-edge techniques.

Dr. Chia will be present in various panels, including a live Instagram session along with other renowned plastic surgeons.

Global Cosmetic Surgery and Procedure Market Analysis, Trends, and Forecast

Cosmetic SurgeryA growing number of men and women are opting to have body contouring in NYC to get rid of excess fat deposits that persist even after strenuous dieting and exercise. There is a wide variety of cosmetic surgical and non-surgical procedures for the enhancement or reshaping of various body structures or parts. Popular treatments include breast enhancement, facial contouring, facial rejuvenation, body contouring, and skin rejuvenation.

Today, cosmetic surgery is widely accepted, with people wanting to reduce the impact of aging, and look young and energetic. New market research shows that the growing desire to enhance appearance and improve self-confidence is the major factor driving the demand for cosmetic surgery, leading to the growth of global cosmetic surgery market worldwide. A recent market research report titled “Cosmetic Surgery and Procedure Market Analysis By Type (Surgical, Nonsurgical), Region (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, Middle East & Africa), Size share, Trend Analysis And Forecast Up To 2024” report from Axiom Market Research & Consulting predicts that the global cosmetic surgery and procedure market will grow with a CAGR of 7% over the forecast period 2019-2024.

According to another report from Persistence Market Research, the global cosmetic procedures market is anticipated to witness significant market valuation and a robust growth rate during the period of assessment 2017-2025. The report notes that the global cosmetic procedures market, which was valued at US$ 27 billion in 2016, is expected to reach US$ 51.6 billion by the end of 2025, growing at a robust CAGR of 7.5% throughout the period of forecast. The report identifies the factors driving the growth of the cosmetic surgery and procedure market as:

  • Rising trend of medical tourism
  • Higher adoption of cosmetic procedures, especially in the emerging economies
  • Rising prevalence of skin disorders that offer lucrative opportunities to adopt various laser surgical treatments
  • Growing innovations in the medical field

The Axiom MRC report categorizes the market based on type, region, and top key players. On the basis of type, the market is segmented into Surgical and Non-surgical Procedures. According to the report, the global cosmetic surgery and procedures market is dominated by surgical procedures. The global surgical procedures accounted for more than 60% of market share in 2017 and are anticipated to grow CAGR 7.0% during the forecast period 2019 to 2024. The major surgical procedures that included in the study are breast augmentation, liposuction, tummy tuck, eyelid surgery, and breast lift. The report points out that eyelid surgery and tummy tuck surgery are witnessing huge demand in emerging economies in the Asia Pacific region.

The study notes that growing demand for liposuction and breast augmentation is one among the major factors leading to growth of cosmetic surgeries market. Liposuction is the gold standard for removing stubborn, unwanted fat pockets and according the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), liposuction ranked second among the five top procedures in 2017, a 5% increase from 2016.

Similar to the demand for cosmetic surgical procedures, nonsurgical procedures are also growing in popularity as they are more accessible and affordable. Botulinum toxin (BTX) was found to account for the largest market share, that is, more than 40% in 2017. However, dermal fillers are expected to register the fastest growth during the forecast period 2019 to 2024. The report highlights a new trend – the use of augmented reality (AR) in plastic surgery operations.

Geographically, the Axiom MRC market research report segments the the global cosmetic surgery and procedure market into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa. North America comprises U.S., Canada, and Mexico and Europe primarily covers Germany, France, UK, Italy, and Rest of Europe. The key players in the market are listed as Allergan plc, Merz Pharma, Nestle, Cutera, Cynosure Inc, Ipsen, Sientra Inc., Alma Lasers, Johnson & Johnson, Sinclair IS Pharma, Lumenis, Invasix Aesthetic Solutions, and Syneron Medicals among others.

EmbraceRF – Look Younger without Cosmetic Surgery

EmbraceRFFacial contouring is an emerging cosmetic trend and improves facial balance and proportion to create an attractive appearance. A facelift in New York City can address excess fat, jowls, creases, and loss of muscle tone and improve sagging. However, a typical face lift involves incisions and recovery time. EmbraceRF is a breakthrough, one-time scarless facial contouring procedure that can address skin laxity in the face/neck and provide results similar to facelift surgery – without incisions or scars.

An increasing number of people want minimally-invasive cosmetic surgical procedures that don’t require long recovery times. EmbraceRF is the answer when it comes to improving facial aging.

EmbraceRF is an innovative facial aesthetics technology by InMode. Invented by plastic surgeons in NYC with extensive experience in performing radiofrequency-assisted cosmetic procedures, this minimally-invasive procedure provides a long-lasting solution to the effects of facial aging. This innovative scarless facial contouring procedure addresses the lower third of the face, specifically the neck and jowls.

EmbraceRF introduces the novel concept of subdermal adipose remodeling of the face and morphs the aging facial features into a more youthful appearance. It rejuvenates the face and neck area by combining two proprietary powerful InMode technologies: radiofrequency-assisted FaceTite and FDA approved Morpheus8, a Subdermal Adipose Remodeling Device (SARD) which generates heat to contour the fat and skin of the face effectively, consistently and safely. Applied externally, the FDA-cleared SARD is the first and only device to mold the fat subdermally in order to address laxity and aging concerns in the lower face.

EmbraceRF provides for superior contouring of face and neck by blending FaceTite and Morpheus8. A non-invasive RFAL (Radio-Frequency Assisted Lipolysis) facial contouring solution, FaceTite provides superior internal and external liposuction and allows three-dimensional remodeling of the fibrous tissues. With its depth of 4 mm and additional 1 mm heat signature, Morpheus8 allows the surgeon to also remodel the adipose (fat) tissue. Depending on how deep the dermis is in different parts of the face the surgeon can preserve fat and tighten skin or remold the fat into the contours so as to improve definition of the jaw line, jowls and neck, while retaining the fullness necessary to maintain a youthful appearance.

The core of the EmbraceRF procedure is that it uses radiofrequency energy to remodel and mold the fat in addition to tightening the skin for optimal results. Unlike other treatments, this new concept of facial rejuvenation allows the surgeon to strategically determine how much fat is to be removed, left behind, or molded.

This minimally invasive treatment can be performed in about an hour under local anesthesia or using mild sedation. It involves little downtime and results are permanent. EmbraceRF patients usually report seeing the best results after about 6 weeks.

However, not everyone is an ideal candidate for EmbraceRF. It is a suitable option for patients who have skin laxity in the lower face and neck with or without underlying fat concerns, and for those who may not opt for a facelift but want optimal outcomes.

To learn if you are a good candidate for EmbraceRF in NYC, schedule a consultation at an accredited NYC plastic surgery practice with surgeons who are experts in the treatment. A NYC plastic surgeon with expertise in performing radiofrequency-assisted aesthetic procedures can use this innovative InMode technology to provide attractive results.

Non-invasive Cosmetic Surgery Could Be More Popular in 2019

Cosmetic ProceduresWe live in an age where cosmetic surgery is becoming normalized, with people wanting to reduce the impact of aging, and look young and energetic. The taboo attached to cosmetic surgery has almost disappeared with more and more people (both men and women) seeking cosmetic procedures to improve their appearance. If traditional invasive procedures were a trend a while back, non-surgical and minimally-invasive treatments are currently the norm in this industry. Advances in technology have introduced several non-surgical treatments such as KYBELLA in NYC (to treat double chin) that make cosmetic procedures safer than ever before.

The cosmetic enhancement field has evolved dramatically over the last few decades and experts work tirelessly to create procedures that are safer, faster and significantly improved compared to traditional procedures and techniques, with the aim of ensuring that the patient has the best possible experience from start to finish. Most of the non-surgical cosmetic treatments now available are safe, with hardly any side effects or complications.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) annual plastic surgery procedural statistics, body sculpting and non-invasive fat procedures are booming. Popular body contouring modalities include ultrasound and radiofrequency energy-assisted devices, infrared light, vacuum massage and injectable medications. Non-invasive procedures such as cellulite treatments are also gaining in popularity and rose nearly 20% over the previous year. These procedures eliminate fat and tighten the skin without invasive surgery. Moreover, among the 15.7 million cosmetic minimally-invasive procedures performed in 2017, the top 5 were Botulinum Toxin Type A (Botox), Soft Tissue Fillers, Chemical Peel, Laser Hair Removal and Microdermabrasion.

Botox cosmetic injections are highly accepted among Americans who wish to look as young as they feel. The Food and Drug Administration approved Botox in 2002 for cosmetic use and it has steadily grown in popularity over the years. Botox smoothes wrinkles though the results are temporary; there is a new option on the scene – preventative Botox. According to a recent Fox News report, millennials in their 20s and 30s are staying ahead of the game by choosing to have preventative Botox to keep wrinkles from forming. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) reported that the year 2017 saw 7.2 million Botox injections, an increase of 2% from 2016. Similarly, soft tissue fillers such as Juvederm that can effectively smooth wrinkles and folds and add facial volume were rated very high. These short procedures offer an impressive outcome in minimal downtime when performed by the right physician.

Along with the most popular non-surgical cosmetic procedures such as Botox and Soft Tissue Fillers, injectables are also popular. For instance, KYBELLA double chin treatment in NYC is an innovative, non-surgical injectable option to address a double chin or submental fat. A common but distressing aesthetic concern, a double chin can be difficult to get rid of with just a healthy diet and exercise. The KYBELLA injectable treatment is a permanent fat zapping solution which literally dissolves fat in the submental region and gives more definition to your natural jaw and neckline.

The active ingredient in Kybella injection, deoxycholic acid dissolves fat, permitting plastic surgeons to re-sculpt the chin area without surgery. Approved by the FDA, Kybella provided in NYC cosmetic surgery centers is ideal for the reduction of moderate to severe fat deposits under the chin and is effective for small areas as it directly targets the fat cells in the treatment site. The main advantage of this non-surgical treatment is that ideal candidates can enjoy faster recovery with only minimal bruising, swelling, downtime and discomfort. You are a candidate for the procedure if you have consolidated fat deposits and fullness underneath the chin.

While a minimally-invasive procedure can be a safer option, do your homework before committing to a treatment or while choosing a provider. Non-surgical or minimally invasive procedures performed by any surgeon won’t provide you safe and effective results, for that you need the service of an experienced and skilled surgeon. If not performed properly, the patient may require revisionary procedures that could include surgery or reversal of injected fillers and subsequent appropriate injection. To avoid such issues, patients should verify the credentials of the supervising physician, and also do a detailed research on the procedure. Choose an AAAASF-accredited plastic surgery practice, determine your candidature for the procedure and have a clear understanding regarding the complications and risks associated with the procedure.

Whether invasive or non-invasive, remember that undergoing Manhattan cosmetic surgery is a serious commitment. Make sure that you have a clear idea about your aesthetic concern, what you expect to achieve, and how having the procedure can help you. Moreover, have realistic expectations and take an informed decision.

Learn about Sleep Positions after Cosmetic Surgery

Cosmetic SurgerySleep plays an important role in both physical and mental health and helps you look and feel your best. After any type of surgery, sleep is one of the best ways to boost your immune system and help your body heal faster. But sleeping in any position you want is not possible after cosmetic surgery. For instance, if you have a tummy tuck in NYC, your surgeon will advise you about the best sleep position during the initial healing phase so as to avoid putting pressure on the surgical site, which can harm the sutures, cause bleeding, increase swelling, and compromise recovery and results.

NEWBEAUTY reports that numerous studies have shown that people who prioritize sleep are more likely to have a sharper memory, find it easier to maintain a healthy weight, and even have younger-looking skin compared to those who sleep less than they need to. Getting proper sleep is especially important for patients who are recovering from cosmetic surgical procedures, as it promotes healing and helps your immune system work optimally. Sleep helps you get back to your normal energy level, and optimizes surgical outcomes as quickly as possible. As you try to get quality rest during your plastic surgery recovery, you should know what sleeping positions are best. Let’s take a look at the ideal sleep positions for some popular procedures.

  • If you have had a facelift in NYC, your surgeon will recommend you sleep upright to help minimize swelling. You may be advised to use a travel neck pillow to help maintain the position through the night or to add two to three pillows under your head to support yourself. The NEW Beauty article points out, “the rule of thumb is to keep the head above the heart following surgery, lasers, hair restoration procedures and even some dermal fillers.”
  • For breast augmentation patients, surgeons would recommend sleep on the back with several pillows or in a recliner for about 4 to 6 weeks during the early recovery period. This will prevent excessive strain on the incisions and keep pressure off of tender breast tissues as they heal. This also prevents you from using your hands and pectoral muscles to get out of bed when you awake. After few weeks, you can sleep on one side, Use a pillow that will keep you in one position as you sleep.
  • For patients who have had a tummy tuck in NYC, it’s best to sleep on a recliner with the head up at 45 degrees and maintain a position that keeps the body bent forward slightly to prevent strain on the incision between the hipbones. It’s crucial to maintain a semi-reclining position and not lie flat for a few weeks.
  • Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) in NYC is a buttock augmentation procedure that combines liposuction and fat grafting to provide youthful, perky, firm buttocks and a more sensual body profile. During recovery after BBL, patients are advised to avoid sleeping on their back and use a donut pillow or inflatable pillow when they really need to sit, and sleep on their stomach or sides. This is to maximize the survivability of the fat graft because it is in the early several weeks after the surgery that the cells develop. Once the cells are mature, the fat that has been transferred will longer.

It might be difficult for some people to change their sleeping positions all of a sudden. So if you are scheduled to have plastic surgery, you could practice your modified sleeping position for a few weeks prior to your procedure. This way, you can get used to the sleeping position recommended during recovery.

Every patient is different and you might have needs that are unique to your case. A reliable NYC plastic surgeon will discuss post op recovery considerations with you during your consultation, including the best sleep position for your procedure. As the body heals and swelling goes down, it will become easier to sleep in your recommended sleep position. As healing progresses, you will be able to change your sleeping position based on your surgeon’s advice. Following your surgeon’s postoperative recovery instructions on sleep positions and all other matters is critical to retain your results.

Cosmetic Surgery a Growing Trend among Gen Xers and Baby Boomers, reveal Reports

Cosmetic SurgeryBody contouring in NYC is now a popular option among Gen Xers (40-54 year olds) and baby boomers (age 55 years and over), say leading plastic surgeons. According the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the demand for cosmetic procedure is growing among these groups. The 2017 ASPS annual report revealed that:

  • 564,579 or 34% of the total cosmetic surgical procedures in the U.S. in 2017 were performed on individuals age 40-54 and over. The cosmetic surgical procedures performed on this group increased 1% over 2016-17.
  • 384,453 or 23% of the total cosmetic surgical procedures were performed on people age 55 and over in 2017, but these procedures saw a decline of 1% over 2016-17.

This increase in numbers shows that the perceptions of cosmetic surgery have changed and more and more older adults are accepting it as option to enhance their looks. Generation Xers, who had approached a plastic surgeon for a post-adolescence nose job or breast procedures, are now seeking procedures that would help them keep up with the millennials.

According to ASPS, the top five cosmetic surgery procedures performed on 40-54 year olds in 2017 are:

  • Liposuction (96,091 procedures, up 4% from 2016)
  • Eyelid surgery or Blepharoplasty (88,364 procedures, down 1% from 2016)
  • Breast augmentation or augmentation mammaplasty (87,623 procedures, up 3% from 2016)
  • Tummy tuck or Abdominoplasty procedures (52,934 procedures, about the same as in 2016)
  • Nose reshaping or Rhinoplasty (45,765 procedures, down 2% from 2016)

The top five cosmetic surgery procedures performed by Baby Boomers (55 and over) are:

  • Eyelid surgery or Blepharoplasty (102,354 procedures, up 1% from 2016)
  • Facelift or Rhytidectomy (81,543 procedures, down 5% from 2016)
  • Dermabrasion (33,840 procedures, down 6% from 2016)
  • Liposuction (25,252 procedures, up 5% from 2016)
  • Forehead lift (22,161 procedures, down 7% from 2016)

The 2017 ASPS annual report reveals that more and more people are now opting for minimally invasive procedures. Of the total 7.7 million cosmetic procedures performed in 2017, 7.1 million procedures were minimally invasive. The proportion of minimally-invasive procedures performed on Generation Xers and baby boomers rose during 2016-17:

  • 7,172,729 or 51% of the total minimally-invasive cosmetic surgical procedures were performed on people age 40-54 in 2017. The minimally invasive procedures performed on this group increased 2% over 2016-17.
  • People 55 and over accounted for 3,784,240 (27%) of the total minimally-invasive cosmetic surgical procedures in 2017, and rose 2% during 2017-16.

Non-invasive procedures such as cellulite treatments also gained popularity in 2017 and rose nearly 20% over the previous year. These procedures eliminate fat and tighten the skin without invasive surgery. ASPS reports that the following non-invasive procedures continue to gain popularity:

  • Procedures that use special technology to “freeze” away fat without surgery increased 7%
  • Cellulite treatments that use lasers to eliminate fat increased 19% (up 55% since 2000)
  • Skin tightening procedures that target fat and tighten sagging areas increased 9%

Popular minimally-invasive body contouring modalities include ultrasound and radio frequency energy-assisted devices, infrared light, vacuum massage and injectable medications. Botulinum toxin type A (Botox, Dysport) ranked the topmost procedure in this category with 1,659,482 procedures performed in 2017 by boomers. Non-surgical facial rejuvenation is a favored option as it is much less painful and involves only minimal downtime. Moreover, they can provide natural looking results without invasive surgery or any significant downtime.

It is evident that facial procedures are gaining popularity among baby boomers. The reason could be that they are not retiring as early or as promptly as earlier generations. This increased interest in cosmetic surgery among boomers could be that they are looking to gain a competitive edge with their careers. Reports say that many plastic surgery patients are motivated by the desire to stay competitive in the workplace by appearing youthful.

A facelift in NYC can address sagging, creases below the lower eyelids, creases along the nose extending to the corner of the mouth, facial fat, jowls and a double chin. The surgeon makes incisions behind the hairline and around the front of the ear to skin and improve the contour to the face and neck. Today, the conventional surgical facelift is competing with minimally-invasive facelift procedures such as the mini facelift, S-lift, neck lift, or endoscopic facelift. New facelift techniques are precise and can be customized to suit the needs of the patient. Preventative Botox is also a popular option among millennials, boomers, and Gen Xers, not just to look younger, but to prevent the formation of future wrinkles. The benefits for early users of Botox are:

  • They may not need fillers or more invasive procedures that are required to treat deep creases in patients who start Botox in their 40s or 50s.
  • People who continue using Botox may need only less Botox as they get older.
  • It is cheaper for younger patients as they need only a lesser amount of the injection.

Regardless of age, it is very important to choose a reliable AAAASF-accredited plastic surgery practice if you are considering body contouring in NYC. Such practices have experienced plastic surgeons who will evaluate your considerations and provide the best solution to meet your aesthetic goals. In an accredited surgical practice, you can expect the highest standards of safety and levels of care.

Going Abroad for Cosmetic Surgery – Understand the Risks

Cosmetic SurgeryBody contouring in NYC is performed by expert plastic surgeons who focus on maintaining the highest standards of patient safety while providing optimal outcomes. Nevertheless, many people are choosing to go abroad for cosmetic surgery, often combining their procedure with a holiday in an exotic location. Others opt to go out of town for a procedure. But is it safe to travel for cosmetic surgery? What are factors to consider before choosing to have a procedure in another country?

The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery (ABCS) strongly recommends that you do your homework well when traveling for cosmetic surgery. To minimize risks and stay safe, experts recommend that you get all the necessary information on the procedure, recovery and costs before you proceed. An ABCS article published in April this year says you should risk your safety or appearance to save money or “get a vacation out of the deal” as you could end up with serious problems that will have a negative impact on your life.

When travelling for cosmetic surgery in overseas, take extra precautions to ensure a safe experience. Here are some key points to note:

  • Choose an accredited plastic surgery practice: If you are going out of town for plastic surgery, make sure your procedure is performed in a hospital or an outpatient surgery center that is accredited by one of the recognized national certifying agencies such as the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF), Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Institute for Medical Quality, Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organization, State-licensed or Medicare-certified. This is also a key consideration for those who are looking for a safe and effective body contouring procedure in their hometown.
  • Make sure your plastic surgeon is qualified and experienced: Just as choosing accredited plastic surgery practice is critical, it is equally important to select a qualified plastic surgeon who is experienced in the procedure you are considering. Find out if your plastic surgeon is from a center that is accredited by one of the recognized national certifying agencies. Such society memberships ensure that your surgeon is very well-trained and well-qualified for the procedure. The surgeon you choose should be able to explain the benefits as well as risks of the surgery to you, including the potential complications. This will help you take an informed decision.
  • Operating room safety and sanitation standards: While travelling abroad for cosmetic procedure, make sure that your plastic surgery center maintains all safety standards. This is very important because some countries providing cheap cosmetic surgery may not have experienced surgeons or may lack in room cleanliness, staff qualification, or emergency readiness. This would put you at greater risks of infection, poor cosmetic results, and other complications. Make sure the place you stay in after the procedure also has the amenities you need to recover safely post-op.
  • Travel time: Flying or driving for long hours is not advisable after a plastic surgery procedure. It can pose risks. For example, a person who undergone an out-of-town Brazilian butt surgery cannot travel long hours on a plane or drive for too long as their surgery results would be affected. The best option for the patient would be stay in town for at least a week to ten days after the Brazilian Butt Surgery, depending on the length of their flight (domestic vs. international).
    According a Consumer Guide to Plastic Surgery report, the ASPS recommends postponing travel for five to seven days after plastic surgery procedures involving the body (such as liposuction and breast augmentation) and up to ten days for facial plastic surgery (including facelift, eyelid surgery, rhinoplasty, and certain laser treatments. So, if you intend to travel for a procedure, plan ahead as to where you will stay, make sure you are booked for an adequate number of days at the place, and importantly, if the facility is prepared to cater to your post-operative needs.
  • Consider risk of complications and follow-up care: Even if the procedure is performed under proper guidance, complications are a possibility and it would be a major problem if they happen after you reach home. For a procedure with a higher risk of complications, it may be advisable stay in the place where you had the procedure until you heal as travelling back again is not feasible. On the other hand, if a complication occurs after you return, you would have to be prepared to pay for a secondary or revision procedure in your hometown.
  • Language barriers: Good communication is important to enhance the surgical experience and take an informed decision. People who travel abroad for cosmetic procedures may face language barriers, which could pose a risk. Even if you find a qualified plastic surgeon overseas, but they and their staff cannot communicate with you, it can lead to major mishaps about your goals and aftercare. So communicate directly with the surgeon before you make your decision and evaluate your confidence in them.

ABCS notes that patients need to be better educated on the complications of aesthetic surgery, both domestically and abroad, so they can make the right decision. Hospitals and the health care industry need to also to take measures to encourage patients to seek cosmetic procedures domestically and reduce patient risk.

Dr Christopher Chia to present on RFAL for Arm Tightening at 14th Vegas Cosmetic Surgery Symposium

bodySCULPT®‘s leading plastic surgeon Dr Christopher Chia is a featured speaker at the prestigious 14th Vegas Cosmetic Surgery Symposium being held June 6th-10th, 2018 at the Bellagio, Las Vegas, Nevada. Dr. Chia’s presentation on radiofrequency assisted liposuction (RFAL) for arm tightening at this multi-specialty educational event will take place at 5.30 pm on Friday, June 8 in Tower 3.

RFAL for Arm Tightening

Dr Chia has done extensive research in the area of radiofrequency assisted liposuction and has expertise in performing various body contouring procedures using this innovative technology. Working along with Dr. Spero Theodorou, founder and director of bodySCULPT®, Dr. Chia developed BodyTite™ on arms (ArmTite). InMode’s RFAL BodyTite handpiece deploys thermal energy into the fatty tissue via a cannula inserted beneath the skin to an electrode placed on the skin’s surface. This minimally invasive procedure eliminates unwanted fat and stimulates skin tightening to result in smooth, well-shaped arms.

Dr. Spero Theodorou also participated in the Vegas Cosmetic Surgery Conference. On Wednesday, June 6, Dr. Theodorou and two other top physicians hosted a panel at the conference to unveil the new EmbraceRF procedure. A single, one-time procedure performed under local anesthesia, EmbraceRF combines two innovative radiofrequency-assisted modalities from InMode – Morpheus8 and FaceTite – to remove fat, treat superficial and deep tissues, and tighten the skin in the neck and jowls to provide a youthful appearance.

One of the three or four most attended aesthetic conferences in North America, the Vegas Cosmetic Surgery Symposium, attracts experts from specialties such as facial plastic surgery, oculoplastic surgery, dermatology, and plastic surgery. This year has the leading multi-specialty faculty ever assembled at one event, according to the organizers.