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ANNUAL COSMETIC SURGERY STATISTICS JUST REVEALED

For the past 15 years the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) has collected annual data on the numbers of cosmetic procedures performed in the United States. Recently released figures show that nearly 9.2 million cosmetic surgical and nonsurgical procedures were performed in the United States in 2011. Can you guess which surgical procedure reached #1 on the popularity charts, based on numbers performed? What about non-surgical procedures?

If you guessed lipoplasty (liposuction) for surgical and Botulinum Toxin Type A (including Botox and Dysport) for nonsurgical, BINGO, you hit the jackpot!

Cosmetic surgical procedures increased almost 1 percent in the past year, with over 1.6 million procedures in 2011. Surgical procedures accounted for 18% of the total numbers of procedure performed representing 63% of total expenditures. The top five surgical procedures were:

  1.     Liposuction (325,332)
  2.     Breast augmentation (316,848)
  3.     Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) (149,410)
  4.     Bletharoplasty (eyelid surgery) (147,540)
  5.     Breast Lift (127,054)

Nonsurgical procedures accounted for 82% of the total number of procedures performed, representing 37% of total expenditures. The top five minimally-invasive procedures were:

  1.     Botulinum Toxin Type A (2,619,739 procedures)
  2.     Hyaluronic acid (1,206,186 procedures);
  3.     Laser Hair Removal (919,802 procedures)
  4.     Microdermabrasion (499,427 procedures)
  5.     IPL Laser Treatment (439,161 procedures)

As for gender breakdown, women accounted for almost 8.4 million cosmetic procedures or 91% of the total. Men accounted for almost 800,000 cosmetic procedures or 9% of the total. The top five surgical procedures for men were: liposuction, rhinoplasty, eyelid surgery, breast reduction to treat enlarged male breast, and facelift.

What does this mean in terms of dollars and cents? Americans spent nearly $10 billion on cosmetic procedures in 2011. Of that total $6.2 billion was spent on surgical procedures; $1.7 billion on injectable procedures; $1.6 billion on skin rejuvenation procedures; and over $360 million on other nonsurgical procedures, including laser hair removal and laser treatment of leg veins.

What do you predict for the future? As baby boomers and their children continue to age, will interest in anti-aging solutions continue to grow? Or will our society do an about face, stop  fighting the aging battle, and become more complacent about that mirror reflection.

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COSMETIC SURGERY INNOVATION OR SNAKE OIL??

Plastic Surgeons have been doing fat grafting procedures for decadess. Many procedures use fat from the thighs and abdomen and graft it into the breasts or face, to create a smoother, firmer look. According to industry figures, plastic surgeons performed nearly 60,000 fat grafting procedures in the U.S. in 2010.

Fat grafting involves taking fat from one part of the body and injecting it into another. Some devices are entering the market that claim to  remove unwanted fluid, blood cells and debris from the fat to prepare it for grafting. Other systems are said to separate and purify adult stem cells to create fat grafts enhanced with adult stem cells. Wallah – the so-called “stem cell facelift” which some plastic surgeons tout as a means to creating a younger, healthier-looking physique than through traditional surgery.

 

But there are few studies backed by clinical evidence to support such claims, and the Food and Drug Administration has not approved any therapies using stem cells for cosmetic use.

Dr. Felmont Eaves, president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, calls this modern-day snake oil . . . the worst form of merchandising for a procedure that doesn’t have scientific evidence to back it up.

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BOOB JOB CREAMS – DO THEY REALLY WORK?

The results of a 6 week test on boob job creams were just published in Cosmetic Surgery Guru, showing pretty mixed reviews on their effectiveness.

The site ran the test over a six-week period, with a selection of female volunteers asked to try out two of the leading brands out there and report back regularly on their experiences.

The most expensive cream on the market was the one that seemed to garner the most negative response, with no-one reporting any discernible difference in breast size. The luxurious, moisturising qualities of the cream appeared to be a positive, but one of the volunteers stated: “not worth the money for what is more or less a posh moisturizer”.

While the “soft scent of rose, orange and grapefruit oil” was appreciated by some, others felt that after a while, applying the cream became something of an inconvenience –  especially since they saw no discernible difference.

There was a much more positive response for the second cream tested. One woman praised the sweet smell and some saw their breasts change by the half-way mark. “I do think my breasts feel fuller and tighter. My breasts also look a bit rounder and more appealing in my bra.”, said one.

Others said they felt their chest was “slightly firmer” and another comment was “my bra is fitting much tighter and in certain tops I can see a real difference.” In addition, praise was given to the cream for making the women more aware of their cup size, with one woman saying “I’d certainly be likely to notice changes.”

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