In my previous two blog posts, I discussed the most common age to receive plastic surgery and the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures. In this final installment of my three-part blog series, I will conclude my ASAPS statistical breakdown by elaborating on why I believe cosmetic plastic surgery has become increasingly popular year after year, followed by my predictions for future trends.
My Theory on Why Plastic Surgery Numbers Have Spiked
The ASAPS data reveals that the total number of cosmetic procedures – both surgical and nonsurgical – performed has steadily increased every year since 1997. I believe this number continues to rise year after year due to the fact that plastic surgery has become less taboo and more talked about in our culture. It is no longer uncommon for friends to discuss plastic surgery openly. Celebrities and icons are more open about procedures they have undergone, and a number of television shows have even been centered around plastic surgery (for better or for worse). Additionally, and perhaps just as importantly, the number of options have changed considerably when we look at what techniques are available today in terms of surgery and even recovery.
I also feel that numbers have spiked due to a rise in male plastic surgery. My practice has seen a large increase in the number of male patients over the last year. The most common procedure males seek is liposuction, followed by facelift surgery and rhinoplasty. Laser hair removal is also more common with male patients on the non-invasive side of the practice. I attribute this increase in popularity to the same reasons I stated above.
My Projection for the Future
Based on the trends I’ve observed at my own practice, I believe breast augmentation will remain at the top of the list. Again, this covers a wide range of the population – from younger women, to women whose bodies have changed with pregnancy, to those whose bodies have changed with the normal process of aging. I also expect to see a steady increase in male plastic surgery as cosmetic procedures become more and more accepted in our culture.
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