Fascinating Facts about Cosmetic Surgery

While it’s difficult to get accurate statistics about cosmetic surgery peformed here in Australia, the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery recently released the results of a year-long global study in the top 25 countries and regions where it's performed.

So, what were the Top 5 cosmetic surgery procedures in 2009?

1. Liposuction

Liposuction was the most common plastic surgery procedure worldwide. The procedure, which involves the vacuum-assisted removal of fat from the body, represented 18.8% of all surgical procedures.

2. Breast Augmentation

After holding the title for the most popular procedure for the previous 10 years, 2009 saw breast augmentation, or enlarging the breatss using implants, relegated to second place.

3. Blepharoplasty
Blepharoplasty or upper or lower eyelid lifts accounted for 13.5% of all cosmetic surgery in 2009.

4. Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty, otherwise known as nose reshaping or a "nose job," came in at number four.

5. Abdominoplasty

Abdominoplasty, often referred to as a "tummy tuck," was the fifth most common procedure, representing 7.3% of all surgeries worldwide.

Below are some interesting predictions for 2011 from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery based on interviews with leading plastic surgeons all over the US.

• Demand for facelifts and non-surgical facial rejuvenation procedures will grow. People who have been putting off surgery for the past few years because of the economy will be ready for the gold standard in facial rejuvenation in 2011.

• The growth and popularity of cosmetic injectables like Botox will continue to increase as products continue to evolve and new players enter the market.

• Celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Beyonce, and Jennifer Lopez have made a shapely rear-end a must have accessory. In the coming year patients will be seeking posterior body lifts, buttock lifts, surgical and nonsurgical buttock augmentations to shape and augment their bottoms.

• As people are made more aware of the dangers and health consequences of obesity, the number of patients seeking plastic surgery procedures for body contouring after dramatic weight loss (abdominoplasty, lower body lift, upper arm lift, etc.) will rise in 2011.

• As the baby boomer generation continues to age, so do their breast implants. This year many baby boomer women who have aging implants will replace their implants and have breast lifts.

• Consumers looking for a bargain will unfortunately lead to an increase in horror stories about “discount injectables” bought offshore and cosmetic procedures performed by untrained or poorly trained practitioners.

• While liposuction (lipoplasty) will continue to be the gold-standard in fat reduction, there will be continued interest in experimental techniques for non-invasive fat removal (freezing, zapping, lasering, etc.) as a future alternative to lipo.

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