ASPS Reveals the Top 5 Cosmetic Surgery Procedures of 2016

Cosmetic Surgery ProceduresThe American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) has released the statistical data on the cosmetic procedures performed in the country last year. According to the report, there were 17.1 million surgical and minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures performed in the United States in 2016. This includes nearly 1.8 million cosmetic surgical procedures and 15.5 million minimally-invasive procedures.

In 2016, the overall cosmetic surgical procedures grew at a slightly higher rate of four percent compared to minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures, which grew by three percent. Here is the list of the top 5 cosmetic surgical procedures performed in the country in 2016:

  • Breast augmentation: A total of 290,467 procedures were performed by Americans last year. This marked a 4 percent increase considering the figures from 2015.
  • Liposuction: A total of 235,237 procedures were performed in the US in 2016. This shows an impressive increase of 6 percent compared to statistics of 2015.
  • Nose reshaping: This treatment was the third most performed in the US last year with a total of 223,018 procedures. It noted an increase of 2 percent considering the figures of 2015.
  • Eyelid surgery: With a total of 209,020 procedures, this procedure is the fourth in the list of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures performed in 2016. It noted a 2% increase considering the popularity in 2015.
  • Facelift: Marking the 5th spot in the list, a total of 131,106 face lift procedures were performed in the country last year. This is about 4 percent increase from the figures of 2015.

New cosmetic trends in facelifts and fat are also highlighted in the report. Interestingly, three of the five top cosmetic surgical procedures were focused on the face. Minimally invasive cosmetic fat injections increased 13% whereas buttock augmentation using fat grafting increased 26% and breast augmentation using fat grafting increased 72%.

Talking on the report, an ASPS official said “A decade ago plastic surgeons might have seen a patient every seven to ten years when they needed a major procedure like a facelift or tummy tuck. Now patients have ongoing relationships with their plastic surgeons and feel more comfortable discussing all areas of their body that they may be interested in rejuvenating.”

ISAPS Says Over 3 Million Breast Procedures Performed Worldwide

The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ISAPS) conducted a survey on the surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures performed worldwide in 2013. The participants of the survey completed a two page questionnaire based on the number of procedures considering several factors such as country-wise popularity, category-wise popularity and so on.

Considering the category-wise procedures, over 3 million breast procedures were performed worldwide last year. Here are the interesting details of the survey based on the breast procedures performed last year.

  • Data from a total of 1,567 plastic surgeons were collected for this survey.
  • Out of the 11,599,336 surgical procedures performed last year, 3,453,414 were breast procedures.
  • USA topped in the total breast procedures (517,012) followed by Brazil (515,776) and then Mexico (113,631) and Germany (103,604).
  • USA covered 15.0% of the breast procedures, Brazil covered 14.9% of the total and Mexico (3.3%).
  • Breast augmentation topped in the category with 1,773,584 treatments followed by breast lift (775,462) and then breast reduction (641,189) and gynecomastia (263,179).
  • USA came first in breast augmentation (313,703); Brazil is second in the list (226,090) followed by Mexico (57,691) and Germany (55,160).
  • For breast lift procedures, Brazil is the most popular (139,835) after which comes USA (108,002). Mexico is third in the list (28,582) and Venezuela (27,972) and Columbia (19,618) in the 4th and 5th positions.
  • For breast reduction also, Brazil (115,097) beat US (77,644) in the numbers. Germany took the third spot while Mexico holds the 4th position (19,642).
  • For gynecomastia surgery, Brazil is at the top position (34,754). USA comes second in the demand for the treatment (17,663). Third is Germany (10,548) and fourth is Mexico (8,727).
  • Interestingly, breast augmentation (1,773,584) is the most popular procedure considering all the procedures in diverse categories. It covered 15.3% of the overall cosmetic surgery procedures performed worldwide last year.
  • Considering the distribution for cosmetic breast procedures, breast augmentation was ranked 1, breast reduction was ranked 8 and breast lift holds the 5th rank in the chart for women.

These reports show the increase in popularity of breast procedures in diverse parts of the world. In addition to the convenience, safety and advancements in the treatment options, the rise in celebrity breast procedures might also be strengthening the trend.

ISAPS Survey on Breast Procedures

12 Year Study Reveals Increase in the Demand for Cosmetic Surgeries

A 12-year study presented at ‘Plastic Surgery The Meeting’, the annual scientific meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) revealed that the demand for cosmetic surgery procedures almost doubled in the past 12 years. The growth of interest in these procedures from 2000 to 2012 despite the economic downturn of the early 2000s show how important these aesthetic procedures are to people desiring a better body and facial contour.

The introduction of advanced minimally invasive procedures (MIPs) including injectables, and the safety assured might have contributed a lot to this growing interest. Many of these procedures are simple and of less time duration. Moreover, with benefits such as short downtime and recovery period, they are more attractive to people who don’t prefer a massive surgery. The minimally invasive procedures have registered a steady growth every year while a decline was noted in major cosmetic procedures such as face lifts. A decline of 27 percent was noted for the massive procedures between 2006 and 2009.

The latest ASPS statistics reports however show that surgical procedures such as facelift have again increased in popularity. Around 9% increase is seen in the demand for facelift in 2010 compared to 2009, 5% increase in 2011 from 2010, 6% increase in 2012 from 2011, and the 2013 report shows 7% increase from 2012. This shows almost a steady growth in the interest in the procedure in recent years. As expected, women were the majority undergoing these procedures and 2013 ASPS report shows a 5% increase in the figures from 2012, and a 2% increase from 2000.

The researchers noted that patients might have opted for direct payments rather than relying on insurance companies to meet the cost of MIPs, which may be the reason for increase in MIPs. An analysis of U.S. financial statistics shows that the rates of minimally invasive procedures in individual states can be affected by several factors including the media, healthcare, real estate, food, unemployment and the overall Gross Domestic Product (GDP) that measures the financial value of all finished goods and services produced within the U.S during specific time periods, typically annually.

In addition to the effective surgical procedures assuring lasting results, introduction of minimally invasive and non-invasive procedures offering temporary possibilities of improved aesthetic outcome is sure to improve the interest for cosmetic procedures in the coming years as well.

How Rhinoplasty Goals Differ for Men and Women

Rhinoplasty is a popular cosmetic surgery procedure among both men and women, resulting in an attractive nose that blends well with the rest of their facial features. According to American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) statistics, nose surgery is the second most popular cosmetic surgery in the U.S., with about 221,000 procedures performed in 2013. Celebrities have contributed to this popularity, with stars like Patrick Dempsey, Cameron Diaz and Heidi Montag admitting to having had nose surgery. In addition to improving the aesthetics, the procedure can also enhance the nasal function. However, men and women have different goals when it comes to nose reshaping. Let’s see how.

Male noses have a different bone density and structure and men would be more concerned about shape rather than size. Compared to women, men’s noses would have stronger, heavier cartilages and bone along with thicker skin. They would need a more acute nasofrontal and a nasolabial angle. Also, they would prefer a longer nose, a straighter profile with a higher bridge and a more sharply defined, angular tip with projection.

Coming to women, they too may be interested in such changes, but only to a smaller extent. Taller women with longer faces would look better with a straighter profile while a smaller softer nose is usually recommended for smaller, slim women. Also, a thinner and more delicate nose bridge would suit women in contrast with a wider nose bridge which is suitable for men.

Even with all these differences in the aesthetics of the male and female nose, an ideal nose is always one that is in harmony with the rest of the facial features. Moreover, shaping the nasal structure to meet cosmetic goals requires a high level of artistry. Only an experienced plastic surgeon with special skills in performing rhinoplasty can provide optimal, customized results.

New Yorkers Show Highest Interest in Brazilian Butt Lifts

A leading plastic surgery referral website has found that in the U.S., interest in the Brazilian butt lift procedure is highest among New Yorkers. According to an NBC News report, at least 378,000 New Yorkers searched the RealSelf site for information related to this cosmetic surgical procedure between November 2013 and January 2014. In fact, the best place to have this procedure is in an AAAASF-accredited plastic surgery practice in New York.

This advanced cosmetic procedure uses the patient’s own fat to enhance the size and shape of the buttocks. Fat is removed via liposuction fat from another area which it is abundant, typically the tummy, thighs or hips, purified and injected into the butt.

RealSelf’s data is based on the searches for the procedure on the site. NBC News says that leading surgeons in NYC had about six to eight consultations on Brazilian butt lifts per week, on par with breast augmentation. LA follows New York City with 138,227 page views followed by Miami with 108,341 page views and Atlanta with 98,993 views.

It’s obvious that women in United States love to have a well-shaped derriere and they consider it as an important physical attribute. This is why the Brazilian butt lift is so popular in the country. Much of the interest is driven by celebrities who are known for their great shape such as Kim Kardashian, J. Lo, and Beyonce. Moreover, with this butt lift procedure, there is none of the risk associated with implants.

According to new statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, cosmetic surgeons across the country performed nearly 10,000 buttock augmentations in 2013, up from approximately 8,500 in 2012.

The treatment’s increasing popularity makes it an easy target for unauthorized providers. So women looking to get a Brazilian butt lift should make sure that they are in the right hands – consult a NYC plastic surgeon who is trained and experienced in the procedure.

Common Aesthetic Concerns Driving Demand for Cosmetic Surgical Procedures

More and more people are becoming aware that cosmetic surgical procedures can effectively address several common aesthetic issues. While some men and women fret over flaws in specific features, others worry about visible signs of aging. Some people may be looking to improve specific spots and others to enhance overall appearance. Let’s look at some of the most common aesthetic concerns and the procedures available to address them.

  • Drooping and tired looking eyes are a major concern among many men and women. This can occur due to aging or stress caused by overwork. Eyelid surgery provides the solution. The procedure removes excess fat and skin from the eyelids and rejuvenates the area around the eyes.
  • Having a well-shaped nose proportional to the rest of your facial features can make a significant difference to overall facial appearance. Many people who are unhappy with the structure and shape of their nose go in for rhinoplasty, the surgical procedure that can improve the symmetry, size and shape of the nose.
  • A protruding belly can make a person look unhealthy and unattractive. A combined technique of tummy tuck and liposuction can help remove excess fat and skin and strengthen the abdomen muscles to provide a lean, fit look.
  • A turkey neck is an issue affecting people who have passed middle age, making them look older than they actually are. A neck lift involves removing excess skin in the area and contouring it to provide a more youthful look. If other facial features also show signs of aging, a face lift can be performed to improve overall appearance.
  • Flabby arms are a major concern which cannot be resolved even with rigorous workouts and diets. Arm liposuction or an arm lift can help remove the excess fat and skin and result in slimmer, well-toned arms.
  • When it comes to the breasts, the common issues that women face include loss of volume, sagging and asymmetry. Breast augmentation surgery improves breast size and shape, while a breast lift can resolve sagging. On the other hand, if the issue is overly large size, breast reduction can be performed to remove excess fat and skin from the area and improve proportion with the rest of body. This surgery is also the solution for men with gynecomastia as it provides a well-contoured chest.
  • Stubborn pockets of fat deposits in diverse body areas such as thighs, back and arms are a major obstacle among men and women seeking to achieve a trim, smooth, well-contoured body. Liposuction removes this fat safely and gently and provides a slimmer and more youthful body contour.

Advancements in the technologies are allowing plastic surgeons to provide optimal results and meet patient expectations to the best of their ability.

Tips to Recover Quickly and Safely After Cosmetic Surgery

Undergoing a cosmetic surgery procedure is not a big concern at present as the technology is highly advanced and offers optimal results in a safe and efficient manner. However, there is a lot candidates have to do on their part before and after the procedure in order to achieve attractive aesthetic results and maintain them, and also to ensure a speedy and safe recovery. Whether you are undergoing invasive procedures such as tummy tuck or breast augmentation, minimally invasive procedures such as liposuction or else non-invasive procedures such as Botox, safety considerations are more or less the same for a pleasing treatment experience.

Here are some tips that will help you recover safely after cosmetic surgery.

  • Discuss all your medications with your surgeon so that he can advise you on what to take and what not during the period.
  • Habits such as smoking and alcohol consumption must be avoided at least two weeks before and after the treatment. Even for injections such as Botox or fillers, at least two days of precautions need to be taken.
  • Direct sunlight should be avoided on incision areas and some surgeons would recommend using a high SPF sunscreen.
  • Plenty of rest would be good during the recovery period and ensure that you give special care for the treatment area.
  • If you see anything unusual, meet the surgeon immediately; don’t wait for the follow-up date.
  • For invasive and minimally invasive procedures, avoid straining the area. Keep away from stressful activities and exercises that may give tension to the area, and which would delay the recovery.
  • In the case of procedures such as facelift or nose surgery, apply ice packs as advised by the surgeon.
  • Make the necessary arrangements at home to ensure comfortable recovery.
  • Meet the surgeon diligently on the follow-up dates and follow any additional instructions given.

Keenly follow all the guidelines the surgeon gives and don’t take any risk by handling the surgery lightly. Follow a healthy lifestyle with a balanced diet and regular exercise to maintain the results of your cosmetic procedure.

Before and After Eyelid Surgery – Things to Consider

Eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty is a popular cosmetic surgical procedure among men and women to resolve tired and puffy eyes and restore a more youthful look. It reduces the surplus skin and fat in the eyelid area to make the eyes look more alert and attractive. If you are going in for eyelid surgery, there are some guidelines that need to be followed before and after the procedure to minimize risks:

  • The use of medications during the two weeks prior to the procedure must be approved by your surgeon
  • Follow a healthy diet to avoid any health issues at the time of procedure
  • Avoid smoking two weeks prior to and after the procedure
  • Make your home ready for post-operative care before your treatment.
  • Make arrangements for a family member or friend to accompany you to and from the practice and for someone to be with you during the first 48 hours after the procedure
  • Do not eat or drink anything the night before or after midnight the day before the surgery day – prescription medication can be taken with the knowledge of your surgeon
  • Wear comfortable clothing on the surgery day and avoid makeup or jewelry

You may experience slight swelling, bruising and discomfort which subside soon. A sensation of tightness can occur but eases after the first week.

  • Apply the ointment and eye drops as directed; take the prescribed medicines and use cold compress packs if advised
  • Light exercises can be started at the first week, and regular exercise and workouts, normally about 2 weeks after the surgery.
  • If you notice anything unusual visual changes or bleeding, contact the surgeon’s office immediately
  • Return to the office for follow-ups as instructed by your physician

Going by these guidelines can help ensure that your blepharoplasty goes more smoothly.

Top Cosmetic Surgery Procedures for 2014

Yet another new year has arrived and it is high time to make some predictions for the year. 2013 witnessed numerous advancements in diverse fields, and one among them is the world of cosmetic surgery. Both men and women are now widely utilizing the possibilities of plastic surgery advancements and new modalities. Even though the correct figures for 2013 are not out yet, the figures for 2012 are amazing. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) reports that 14.6 million cosmetic plastic surgery procedures were performed during this period. Considering the top procedures performed during the year and the increase in this figure from previous years, let us have a look at the aesthetic procedures that are likely to gain popularity in the year 2014.

Breast augmentation, liposuction, tummy tuck, nose surgery, facelift and eyelid surgery are bound to be among the top 10 procedures.

  • Breast augmentation: Women looking to improve their breast contour by enhancing its size and shape mostly undergo this procedure. Breast implant surgery and fat transfer breast enhancement are the popular methods utilized in established practices. Breast lift surgery may also be performed in conjunction to resolve breast sagginess and improve the outcome.
  • Liposuction: Individuals looking to get rid of surplus fat deposits in areas such as the thighs, back and flanks, which are resistant to exercise and diet may choose to undergo liposuction surgery. It is the most heavily requested treatment in the world and is performed using diverse advanced modalities. Laser assisted Smartlipo Triplex, radiofrequency assisted BodyTite and ultrasound assisted VASER 2.0 are mostly utilized to perform liposuction to gift a well-contoured body.
  • Nose surgery: Individuals looking to enhance the nasal appearance and improve the breathing function would go for this treatment. The procedure effectively restores skin coverage, corrects the shape, size and position of the nose, recreates normal contours and re-establishes nasal airflow.
  • Facelift: Women looking to improve their facial appearance and reverse the signs of aging can choose to undergo surgical facelift and minimally invasive laser lift procedures. A surgical face lift offers a firmer neck and jaw line, resolves loose and sagging skin and tightens the facial muscles. Laser lift performed using PrecisionTx lifts the lower face, reduces wrinkles, improves skin tone and texture, and restores the youthful curve to the neck.
  • Eyelid surgery: Individuals who are concerned about tired and puffy eyes and bags under the eyes can choose to undergo eyelid surgery to regain their youthful looking eyelids. The procedure involves removing extra skin, fat and muscle to improve vision and enhance the appearance of the eyes.
  • Tummy tuck: Individuals concerned about excess abdominal fat despite proper diet and exercise can undergo tummy tuck procedures. The treatment effectively removes excess fat, tightens sagging skin, and repairs weak muscles to provide an abdominal profile that is firmer and more attractive. The advanced features of Smartlipo Triplex, BodyTite and VASER 2.0 are widely utilized to perform the treatment.

For the best aesthetic results, you need to locate a reputable plastic surgery practice and the services of a board-certified, trained and experienced plastic surgeon.

Study Reported Low Complication Rates for Combined Liposuction/Tummy Tuck

Liposuction and tummy tuck are popular cosmetic surgery procedures among men and women looking to improve abdominal contour. Used together in one procedure, they can provide great results, according to a study published by an ASPS member surgeon in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery-Global Open®, the official open-access medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

The combined “lipoabdominoplasty” procedure was performed on 150 patients. They first underwent ultrasound lipolysis to remove excess fat from the abdomen and flanks (love handles) and then tummy tuck to remove excess abdominal tissue and loose skin. The outcome was compared to that of 384 liposuction-alone patients and 17 abdominoplasty-alone patients.

The study, based on data over a five-year period noted that:

  • The combined procedure performed to reduce surgical trauma can also provide excellent patient outcomes
  • Lipolysis and abdominoplasty, performed individually or in combination, can be performed safely with appropriate measures to reduce complications by minimizing tissue trauma
  • None of the liposuction candidates developed seromas, which was due to the use of limited ultrasound
  • The rate of seromas after abdominoplasty was low (5 percent)

Using safe preventive measures can help surgeons reduce the risk post-surgical complications such as blood clots.

The combined treatment offers many benefits

  • The best of both procedures
  • More comprehensive results with smoother lines
  • Impressive lower body makeover
  • Less risk of blood loss during surgery
  • Known risks of individual procedures such as development of seromas are minimal

An earlier study by this expert found high patient satisfaction rates and improved self-esteem among patients who underwent the combination procedure. The present study’s results have noted that exceptional cosmetic outcomes could be achieved with a low complication rate when basic measures are taken to reduce risk.