Over the years, plastic surgery has been fueled by several factors, but the leading demand stems from individuals who want to look as good as they feel. With that being said, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) recently released some data indicating the amount of money that Americans spent on plastic surgery procedures in 2015 reached an unparalleled all-inclusive price tag: $13 million.
Since ASAPS released this information, a handful of articles have followed highlighting different portions of the study. The data was incredibly concise, revealing the top-tier body and facial rejuvenation procedures that both men and women seek; however, women comprised 90 percent of the procedures underwent in 2015.
In 2015, a total of female Americans had 11.5 million plastic surgery procedures. And men tallied 1.5 million procedures.
Plastic surgery has become an important part of American culture, not to mention around the globe. But here in the states, many have suspected that Corporate America has fueled the desire to seek facial rejuvenation. For many individuals who have worked so hard to achieve their career status, a number of them want to retain their position and not retire. A group in this category view plastic surgery as an asset toward their extended career investment.
In the Washington Times, Jennifer Harper wrote a follow-up piece to the ASAPS data. In her article was a statement by president of ASAPS, Dr. James C. Grotting.
“I personally believe the motivating factors for that are varied, but remaining competitive in the workforce is certainly a common factor. Youth is a commodity, and people are investing in themselves to maintain a younger, healthier appearance,” Dr. Grotting said.
While different age ranges were assessed, 40 percent of patients between the ages of 30 to 50 took part in cosmetic procedures. For women, the top procedure in 2015 was liposuction. Following close behind was breast augmentation, tummy tuck, breast lift and eyelid surgery.
The procedures men sought differed; however, their number one procedure was also liposuction. Next was nose reshaping surgery, eyelid surgery, male breast reduction and facelift.
Although not in the top five for women, buttock augmentation and buttock lifts increased quite quickly in numbers, as well. And the demand is increasing.
Harper wrote, “The surgeons note that fat transfer to the face – a new category – ‘instantly’ landed in the top-10 list, as did nonsurgical skin tightening, a procedure particularly popular among men.”
Fat transfer in the face can be considered by many as being done in lieu of fillers. As one ages, they begin to lose volume in their face, particularly around the nasolabial folds and cheek area. While fillers can last up to a year or more, some patients are welcoming a fat transfer. Fat is extracted from a person’s body and then utilized to add youthful fullness to facial features.
In the non-operative sector, Botox led the way at 4.2 million procedures last year. Fillers trailed close behind as did other minimally invasive procedures such as chemical peels.
Be it operative or non-operative procedures, plastic surgery is filling an aesthetic niche for people of all ages.