With both cosmetic surgery and minimally invasive aesthetic procedures safer and more affordable than ever, millions of Americans are choosing to do a little nipping, tucking and wrinkle filling.
In fact, 2016 set a staggering record for the most Americans have spent on combined surgical and nonsurgical aesthetic procedures: a whopping $15 billion, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
"The numbers have been increasing in our industry year over year for a variety of reasons, said Dr. Daniel C. Mills, president of ASAPS. Among other reasons, he cited "procedural and technological innovations that provide patients with more personalized options in both the surgical and nonsurgical categories."
Although breast augmentation continues to top the list of most-performed procedures, some of the quickest-growing trends fall in the category of nonsurgical aesthetic treatments that many medical clinics can do in under an hour.
Here are details about the trends in cosmetic procedures that are driving the enormous growth in this sector of the medical field.
Cosmetic procedures growing in popularity
Everyone has an opinion about plastic surgery, including which celebrity has had a little too much or whether going under the knife is a good idea.
However, overall trends show people are becoming less critical or fearful of cosmetic procedures, or having more procedures, both surgical and nonsurgical. Hundreds of thousands of people have surgical cosmetic procedures and the numbers continue to grow every year.
The three most popular cosmetic procedures in 2016 were liposuction (414,335 procedures performed), breast augmentation (310,444) and tummy tucks (181,540).
The procedure plastic surgeons performed the most in 2016 as compared to the previous year was fat transfer to the breast, which increased in popularity by 41 percent.
These procedures point to the continued concern for looking younger and combatting weight or fat gain. Because plastic surgery has evolved and by many accounts become safer over the years, people are choosing to slim down with the help of medical professionals.
Minimally invasive treatments pull ahead
Nobody likes to look in the mirror and realize that they've suddenly developed crow's-feet or forehead creases.
Everyone ages differently, and some people don't get the telltale signs of getting older until their well on their way to middle age, while others begin to wrinkle in their late 20s.
The growing popularity of nonsurgical procedures that are mostly concentrated on tightening and smoothing the skin attest to people combatting their random genetic tendencies to look younger, even well into their twilight years.
Some nonsurgical procedures that saw significant increases in 2016 were nonsurgical skin tightening (up 12 percent), Botox (up 8 percent) and laser tattoo removal (up 13 percent).
Types of facial fillers and injectables
Although doctors use Botox to prevent or keep wrinkles from manifesting, injectables or facial fillers use fat or other materials to refill areas that have lost mass and shape over the years.
Doctors utilize each type of injectable for specific uses and will last for a specified period of time. Most injectables are not permanent and need to be kept up for the effects to last.
Dermal fillers or injectables are formulated in different ways and from a variety of materials. For example, Sculptra, or polylactic acid, is a synthetic option to fill lines and Radiesse, or calcium hydroxylapatite, a mineral-like compound from human bone for moderate to severe creases.
Overall, facial fillers are more popular than ever. Doctors did a staggering 7,325,155 procedures last year, with Belotero, Botox, Dysport, Juvederm Ultra, Juvederm Ultra Plus, Perlane, Poly-L-Lactic acid, Radiesse, Restylane, Voluma and Xeomin seeing a 10 percent increase in popularity.
Getting facial fillers can moderate severe lines or creases caused by regular aging or exposure to the sun. Because cosmetic doctors do these procedures quickly and with little pain, the likelihood is they will only increase in popularity.
Contacting an experienced specialist
Even though more people than ever choose to get these types of cosmetic procedures, the only way to know which you could benefit from in your unique situation or what types of results you can expect is to contact an experienced specialist.
Make an appointment to talk to a friendly and knowledgeable cosmetic doctor at Penn State Health.