If the first thing you see when you look in the mirror is an urgent reminder to change your body somehow, you’re not alone. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, there were 17.5 million beautifying procedures in the U.S. last year— 2 percent more than 2016.
The statistics also show that Americans are attracted to minimally invasive cosmetic procedures (like Botox and fillers), which have spiked a whopping (nearly) 200 percent since 2000.
Of those 17.5 million procedures performed in 2017, nearly 1.8 million of them were surgical procedures. Here are the top 5:
More commonly known as a “boob job”, this surgery involves either breast implants or fat transfer to increase the cup size or improve the symmetry of breasts. Or both.
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It’s also worth noting that there was a huge spike (11 percent) in breast reduction surgeries last year.
“Breast reductions are consistently reported as one of the highest patient satisfaction procedures because it positively affects a woman’s quality of life. It addresses both functional and aesthetic concerns,” said ASPS President Jeffrey E. Janis, MD.
Lipo essentially removes excess fat to reshape “problem” areas of the body, giving it a more slimming appearance. What it can’t do? Remove cellulite or loose saggy skin. In other words, it can’t replace proper diet and exercise.
And now with the advent of contouring and body sculpting, there are other ways to get rid of unwanted fat pockets. “Unwanted fat is something that affects so many Americans,” said Janis.
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“Plastic surgeons are able to give patients more options than ever before for fat elimination or redistribution. Patients appreciate having options, especially if they can act as maintenance steps while they decide if getting something more extensive down the line will be right for them.”
Even though 218,924 procedures were performed in 2017, the popularity of this procedure is actually down 2 percent.
According to the ASPS, this is a great procedure for those who want to improve:
- Loose or sagging skin that creates folds or disturbs the natural contour of the upper eyelid, sometimes impairing vision
- Fatty deposits that appear as puffiness in the eyelids
- Bags under the eyes
- Drooping lower eyelids that reveal white below the iris
- Excess skin and fine wrinkles of the lower eyelid
There were 2,000+ more tummy tucks performed in 2017 than the year prior. Janis says not everyone can attain defined abs through diet and exercise alone:
Age, pregnancy and significant weight changes can impact both the skin and underlying muscle. Tummy tucks performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon remove excess fat and skin and, in most cases, restore weakened or separated muscles to create an improved abdominal profile.
The remaining 15.7 million procedures performed in 2017 were of the minimally invasive cosmetic type. Here are the top 5:
- Soft Tissue Fillers
- Chemical Peel
- Laser hair removal