In last week’s blog post regarding the most common age range for cosmetic plastic surgery, I presented some interesting statistical trends recorded by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). To recap: cosmetic plastic surgery numbers have increased annually since 1997. Over the past year, patients within the age range of 35-50 years received the most plastic surgery, and breast augmentation, liposuction, and tummy tuck surgery led the way for all cosmetic surgical procedures performed.
In this second installment of my three-part blog series breaking down the ASAPS statistics, I will discuss why I believe the aforementioned procedures have become so popular.
Why Breast Augmentation, Liposuction, and Tummy Tuck Top the List
Breast augmentation surgery has come a long way in my opinion. Many women are seeking a natural-looking result that improves fullness, yet doesn’t look overly fake. Once the FDA lifted the moratorium on silicone gel implants following their proven safety, women began to feel more confident using them. Silicone implants offer a more natural look and feel than saline implants, in my opinion, which most likely aided in rise of breast augmentation popularity. Additionally, the desire for breast augmentation also spans a wide age range of women. It encompasses younger women who never quite developed as much as they hoped, as well as women who lost a significant amount of volume with pregnancy, age, or weight fluctuations.
In regard to liposuction, there are many alternatives to traditional liposuction which have collectively led to an increase in volume. Some of these involve concurrent laser skin tightening, while others offer less invasive techniques for smaller areas that do not require general anesthesia or treatment in a surgery center. An example of this is CoolSculpting®, which is a technology that allows the “freezing” of fat and works very well for bulges. This particular procedure has been a great addition to our practice as it is non-invasive, yet effective, and it affords no downtime whatsoever.
I feel tummy tuck surgery remains as popular as ever because of its superior ability to remove excess skin and fat, as well as repair the anterior muscles to the abdominal wall that are often stretched apart during pregnancy. Additionally, stretch marks can typically be removed during a tummy tuck as well, making the procedure even more beneficial.
Further Statistical Breakdown
For my theory as to why plastic surgery numbers have spiked, as well as my projection for future trends, be sure to check out part three of my blog series later this week.
According to statistics released by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), the number of cosmetic surgeries performed in the U.S. has increased each year since 1997. Narrowing it down to this past year, the data shows that the top three surgical procedures performed were breast augmentation, liposuction, and tummy tuck surgery. Furthermore, 43% of these procedures were received by patients in the age range of 35-50 years.
Interestingly enough, I experienced the same trends over the past year at my practice. In fact, I commonly performed a combination of these top three procedures in a mommy makeover for several patients in this age group. After reviewing the ASAPS data and comparing it to my own experiences, I believe there are several factors contributing to these numbers nationwide.
Throughout a series of three blog posts, I will elaborate on why I believe each trend has occurred, beginning with my theory for why 35-50 is the most popular age to receive cosmetic plastic surgery.
Most Common and Practical Age Range for Plastic Surgery
The ASAPS statistics note that patients ages 35-50 received the most procedures, equating to 43% of the total surgical procedures performed. This trend directly mirrors what my practice experiences. Of course, we do treat many patients well under and over that age range, but 35-50 is typically the most common.
I believe the reason this age group receives the most cosmetic surgery can be attributed to a combination of factors. A lot of women prefer to wait until after they are finished having children before going on to “repair” the “damage” that may occur from childbearing. Plastic surgery can also be costly as insurance does not typically cover elective procedures, so financial considerations generally take effect. Additionally, I believe that after a certain number of years, some people decide they have come into who they are and may grow the confidence to undergo a surgical procedure to alter something that has bothered them their entire lives.
Further Statistical Breakdown
Be sure to read next week’s blog on why breast augmentation, liposuction, and tummy tuck surgery consistently top the list for the most popular plastic surgery procedures.
The term “Mommy Makeover” has gained a great deal of popularity over the past couple of years and many believe that it is the latest trend in plastic surgery. Calculating statistics on the number of women who undergo post-pregnancy plastic surgery procedures may be difficult to come by however. This is because a mommy makeover involves a combination of procedures and is considered a marketing term rather than a surgical one. Official numbers aside, Dr. McCormack’s most popular procedures involve combinations of breast surgery, body contouring and abdominoplasty.
As a mother and board certified plastic surgeon, media outlets naturally come to Dr. McCormack for her insight when reporting on the latest mommy makeover trends. Her latest feature – a full page spread in New Beauty Magazine, a national publication heralded as the The Ultimate Cosmetic Enhancement Guide.
Simply click on the image below to view all the details. If you have any questions about the “mommy makeover”, or would like to arrange your private consultation with Dr. McCormack, please call our office at (775) 284-2020.
When getting breast implants, will it look more natural to place the implants under or over the muscle?
Breast implants can be placed above or below the (pectoralis) muscle. Placing the implant over the muscle may result in less pain and faster recovery. However, placing the implant under the muscle looks and feels more natural (because there is more tissue covering the implant), may lead to less incidence of capsular contracture (hardening of scar tissue around the implant), and offers less interference with mammograms. I also believe that it offers better long- term support when placed under the muscle. There is further distinction between placing the implant partially or fully under the muscle – the advantages of which can be discussed in consultation as they are relevant to your personal breast shape and ultimate goals.
How long after pregnancy should I wait before I can get breast implants and undergo breast lift?
Some patients only need an implant to fill out the breast following pregnancy while others will require an implant with a breast lift. This will depend on how much excess skin you have and the position of your nipple following pregnancy changes. It is best to wait 3-6 months after pregnancy or, if you breast feed, 3-6 months after breast feeding. Keep in mind that you will need help for a few weeks if you have surgery when your children are still small because the procedure will limit your activity levels and your ability to lift a certain amount of weight. Most of my patients are looking to have their breasts restored to the pre-pregnancy shape and size without looking like they are “done”. I specialize in natural results with the restoration of fullness that pregnancy takes away. After pregnancy, the breast tissue atrophies – leaving a flat appearance at the top of the breast, and sometimes leaving the nipple in an unnaturally low position.