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Top Cosmetic Procedures in 2012

Over the last few years there has been a shift in thinking about which features are to be altered in order to achieve the perfect body and look. No longer are men and women worried solely about having a beautiful face. In today’s society, the focus has shifted to having a toned and sculpted body.

Men are working harder than ever before to bulk up and build muscle. In 1950, the average man weighed 132 pounds, but today the average weight for an American male is 194.7 pounds. Similarly, the female figure has experienced a drastic shift. The average woman’s waistline was 27 inches in the 50’s. Today, the average waistline is 34 inches, leading to more women being focused on getting a smaller, toner figure.

Although we are getting heavier, society and celebrities inspire us to be thinner and more toned. In 2012, men had almost 1 million cosmetic procedures, making up for 10% of all procedures. Women received the other 90%, totaling 9.1 million cosmetic procedures. Overall, Americans spent $11 billion on surgical cosmetic procedures in 2012.

The cosmetic procedure bridging the gender gap in 2012 was Liposuction, a change from Rhinoplasty in 2011. Costing an average of only $2,830, it was the top cosmetic procedure among men and the second most popular procedure for women.

*Physician surgeon fees

Shape up! Body sculpting procedures increased steadily for both men and women in 2012, with leading procedures including Abdominoplasty (Fat Transplant Surgery), Autologous (Tummy Tuck), and Lower Body Lift.

Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) 34,002 149,410 156,508
Autologous (Fat Transfer) 38,259 69,877 71,845
Lower Body Lift 2,125 9,175 10,119

In addition to these surgical procedures, more Americans have begun opting for non-surgical core sculpting procedures. In the past 16 years, there has been a 500% increase in non-invasive procedures, including a 252% increase since 1997 for women and a 106% increase for men since 1997. In just the past year, there has been a 13.1% increase in these procedures, which allow a patient to eliminate or greatly reduce recovery downtime and scarring, while still getting great-looking results. Among the leading non-surgical options have been:

  • Cryolipolysis - a technique that freezes fat cells to get rid of them

  • Ultrasound - a high-intensity, focused ultrasonic wave that causes the destruction and leakage of fat cells

  • Radiofrequency - delivers energy by using controlled deep heat to destroy the fat cells

In addition to body sculpting techniques and treatments, other popular procedures have evolved improving the face and hairline. For men in particular, there has been an increased focus on hair restoration, as 2/3 of American men will experience some form of hair loss by the time they are 35 years old. Hair loss isn’t a male-only problem in the US though, as women make up 40% of hair loss sufferers in America.

The leading facial and hair procedures for woman are:

The leading facial and hairline procedures for men are:

  • Botulinum Toxin Type A: $326

  • Microdermabrasion: $122

  • Hyaluronic Acid: $550

  • Hair Restoration: $6 per graft

Of those undergoing cosmetic surgery, 65% have a family income of less than $50,000.

There has been an increase of procedures among all age groups. People age 18 and younger accounted for just 1% (130,502) of all cosmetic procedures in 2012, with the most common surgical procedure being Ear Reshaping (Otoplasty). The number of cosmetic procedures performed on those who were between 19-34 years old rose to 19% (1,910,645), with the most common surgical procedure being Breast Augmentation. However, the age group that accounted for the most cosmetic procedures was those who were between 35-50. This age group accounted for 43% of all cosmetic procedures (4,344,194) with Liposuction being the most common surgical procedure. Those ages 51-64 represented 29% of all cosmetic procedures (2,885,751) with Eye Lifts (Blepharoplasty) leading the way, and finally those over 65 accounted for 8% of all cosmetic procedures (834,072) with the most common procedure being a Facelift.

One thing’s certain, “sexy” is timeless! The History of Plastic Surgery:

1887 - First successful Rhinoplasty by Dr. John Orlando Roe (New York, NY)  

1901- First successful Facelift by Dr. Eugene Hollande (Berlin)

1939 - First successful Hair Restoration by Dr. Okuda (Japan)

1962 - First successful Silicone Breast Augmentation by Dr. Thomas Cronin (Houston, TX)

1974 - First successful Liposuction by Dr. Giorgio Fischer (Rome)

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Sources: American Academy of DermatologyAmerican Society for Aesthetic Plastic SurgeryAmerican Society of Plastic SurgeonsAmerican.eduAmerican Hair LossCosmetic Surgery, Hair Transplant NetworkLivestrongNews Medical

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