According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, there were 1.6 million cosmetic surgical procedures performed in 2012. The non-surgical cosmetic interventions were even more popular, with over 2.5 million Botox injections done in 2012 alone. As both types of procedure become less expensive, those numbers are expected to grow even more. In the past, some people would have frowned upon cosmetic surgery, but it\’s generally becoming more accepted in the eyes of the American public. The following are three fastest growing types of cosmetic interventions.
Most people reading this may have never heard of otoplasty, but it\’s been gaining popularity recently. Otoplasty specifically targets the ears, reshaping them to be more attractive, to be smaller or to protrude less. It created a bit of controversy last year because some parents were taking their children in for the surgery as early as ages five and six. Since the procedure is usually chosen for aesthetic reasons, some people believe it should be postponed until the patient is actually done growing.
Laser vein treatment
When most people think about cosmetic surgery, they don\’t automatically think about veins. Varicose and spider veins can be a problem at any age, though the stereotype applies mainly to the elderly. Due to advances in medical technology and particularly in cosmetic lasers, previously untreatable diseases of the veins now are not only treatable, but also curable. Furthermore, no surgery is ever required, since all procedures eliminating varicose and spider veins are performed through a needle! The most importantly, the modern vein interventions, while improving appearance, also take care of your circulation by treating pain, swelling, heaviness, tiredness, muscle cramps and many other symptoms of vein diseases. Laser vein treatment has become very common in NYC and other metropolitan areas, and is spreading throughout the country.
Liposuction has come a long way since modern methods were pioneered in 1982. Most procedures involve making a small puncture in the skin and using various techniques to loosen the fat before it\’s suctioned out with a small tube. The procedure is recommended for people who are already at or near their ideal weight, but have certain areas of fat that diet and exercise haven\’t been able to eliminate. Non-invasive procedures have been invented for this purpose, but nothing seems to get rid of that little bit of unwanted fat as efficiently as liposuction.
If you opt for one of these procedures, you\’ll be one of hundreds of thousands of others. Talk to your doctor and see which procedures would best benefit you today!