The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) has just released its annual plastic surgery trends report. This report compiles numbers from procedures performed by board-certified plastic surgeons, even those who are not members of the ASPS. It does not include numbers from so called “cosmetic surgeons” or those operating without proper certification.
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The American Society of Plastic Surgeons has recently released its annual report on plastic surgery trends. Not surprisingly, breast augmentation remained the most popular plastic surgery procedure in 2014, with over 286,000 women seeking enhancement from board-certified plastic surgeons. Rounding out the top five most popular cosmetic procedures in this report are nose reshaping, liposuction eyelid surgery and face lift.
Plastic surgery is a highly specialized field of medicine, and it is important to have your desired procedure performed by a trained specialist. After all, you wouldn’t go to a gynecologist for a root canal or an ophthalmologist to have your appendix removed. Why would you want your plastic surgery procedure performed by a doctor who is trained in another specialty?
I always try and encourage patients’ to have surgery as close to their home as possible, making pre-and post-op visits so much easier and of course, being close to their surgeon in the rare case of a complication. But we do know that people travel all over the United States for surgery with specific doctors. I have that happen in my own practice. So the concept of “travel” isn’t a new one.
Dr. Corey and I are commonly asked during consultations about the appearance of scars after a procedure. Surgery procedures like breast augmentation, tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), breast lift (mastopexy), and facelift surgery all require incisions to produce the results most cosmetic surgery patients seek. There is no such thing as scar less surgery… yet!
I think at times there is a misconception that the office of a Plastic Surgeon on any typical day is filled with fragile self-esteemed women who have been “gently” ushered in at the elbow by dominating men with a low set brow. I can tell you that in my almost 20 years of practice, that is not the case. Oh, don’t get me wrong…It does happen. But it is so rare, that I would be shocked if I see more than 2 cases a year of that. But what I do see on any given office day, is confident women who have pretty clear cut goals about what they want and what makes them happy; and what of the men?
It seems like we are always looking for new trends in beauty and fashion. And sometimes it hard to tell which tail is wagging which dog but two things have become apparent of late, at least in the field of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Both concern the face and our interpretation of beauty. It’s funny to think that appreciation of human aesthetics can change over time the way skirt length or necktie width do, but they do.
Truthfully, many people want to have plastic surgery to not only boost confidence, look more rejuvenated, appear more youthful, but they also want to feel sexier. So, when is it appropriate after your procedure to “get it on”? The answer is, it depends on the individual and type of surgery, but some common sense applies too.