17 Nov

The Constant Rise of Cosmetic Improvements


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According to The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, there has been a shift in strategy for patients seeking cosmetic procedures. While the demand for all plastic surgery services continues to rise, patients are becoming more confident with their choices with a wider variety of options to choose from. The statistics show a 4 percent increase from 2012 to 2014 of minimally invasive procedures, such as injection and laser skin treatments. Correspondingly, surgical options, such as breast augmentations and tummy tucks either stayed relatively the same, or declined a little.

Injection treatments, including Botox® and Dysport®, were performed 3.2 million times in 2012. Two years later, that number more than doubled to 6.7 million procedures annually. Similarly, injectable fillers went from 1.4 million in 2012 to 2.3 million in 2014. IPL skin rejuvenation also almost doubled from 337,000 in 2012 to 622,000 in 2014. Traditional surgical options have seen small a decline: breast augmentation down 1 percent, liposuction down 3 percent, facelift and eyelid surgery both down 4 percent.

While overall plastic surgery procedures saw an increase, the more dramatic increase in minimally invasive procedures may be due to patients wanting a subtle change without going under the knife. These revolutionary new practices provide subtle aesthetic results, and for most individuals, that is all they want or need.

In addition to this high demand, the number of men getting plastic surgery is on the rise. These rates have significantly increased since 2000 because of the declining perception that cosmetic improvement is only for women. Popular procedures for men include: pectoral implants up 208 percent from 2013 to 2014, and male breast reduction with a 29 percent increase from 2000 to 2014.

Whatever the procedure, plastic surgeons, including Dr. Johnston in Lake Mary, FL, have seen patients empowered by the variety of choices they now have when seeking cosmetic improvements.

So, what do you think ?