Most Popular Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery in 2011

America’s interest in cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures continue to grow with each year that passes. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the number of cosmetic surgery patients in the US has increased over 197 percent since 1997. We have created a brief summary of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the US for last year.

Tummy Tuck

Considered a favorite of many “mommies”, young and old alike, a tummy tuck is especially effective for patients who have stretched the abdominal muscles and skin beyond non-surgical repair . During a tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, the abdominal area is tightened and the excess skin covering the abdominals is removed. Before undergoing this procedure, it is important for patients to accept that they will have a horizontal scar at the incision site in the pelvic region (which can often be concealed even in relatively revealing swimwear).

Breast Augmentation with Implants

Breast implants are ideal for increasing the size of the breast, balancing size asymmetry or restoring post-pregnancy volume loss. This outpatient procedure takes only one to two hours to complete. Once an incision is made, a saline or silicone implant is inserted. The incision can be made under the breast, around the nipple, in the armpit or in the belly button. For added fullness and volume, many patients elect to combine a Mastopexy with breast implants. This provides optimal results for patients who have experienced both volume loss and dropping of lax skin.

Breast Lift

A breast lift is typically a two hour procedure in which an incision is made around the nipple, vertically under the nipple and in the horizontal crease of the breast. Then, the breast tissue is reshaped and excess skin is removed. Before the incisions are closed with sutures, the nipple and areola are repositioned. Following this procedure, scarring at the incision will be present. However, scarring should significantly fade after laser treatment, which we include in the patient’s procedure costs. Scarring also fades with time.

As you might assume, a breast lift, also known as a Mastopexy, is a surgical procedure intended to position “sagging” breasts higher on the chest. It is a very popular procedure among mothers who have experienced undesirable changes in their breasts after weight fluctuation and breast feeding.

Liposuction

Contrary to popular belief, liposuction is not a weight loss tool and is, in fact, a means to provide a better contour to those healthy individuals that exercise, eat healthy and have a BMI of 30 or below yet still have “fatty deposits” in trouble areas.Common areas treated by liposuction include upper and lower abdomen, the flanks (love handles), outer and inner thighs, inner knees, arms, “bra rolls”, and under the chin. Last year, Liposuction was the most popular cosmetic procedure in the United States. This procedure involves the removal of fat from deposits beneath the skin using a hollow stainless steel tube (called a cannula) with the assistance of a powerful vacuum.

Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery

During an eyelid lift, fat, excess skin and muscle are removed from the upper and lower eyelids. The procedure eliminates the eye’s droopy and puffy appearance and can improve the patient’s vision. In fact, insurance often covers the cost of Blepharoplasty surgery if the patient can prove loss of vision due to droopy eyelids. In many cases, patients combine eyelid lift surgery with brow and face lift.

Cosmetic eyelid lift surgery is effective in correcting droopy, hooded or puffy eyelids. This procedure continues to gain popularity because the eyes are such a prominent facial feature. Tired or droopy eyes can add years to one’s perceived age. Luckily, Blepharoplasty surgery has been proven to erase years from one’s face.

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