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Posted on July 16th, 2012 by Dr. Albert Carlotti
In the not-too-distant past, cosmetic surgery was regarded as something mysterious and exotic, the exclusive province of celebrities and the very wealthy. In truth, cosmetic surgery and other forms of medical aesthetics were regarded with suspicion, if not a certain amount of disdain, by a large segment of the population.
Over time, it’s fair to say that cosmetic surgery and other cosmetic procedures have been merging into the mainstream. Surveys show that a majority of Americans now approve of cosmetic surgery. Fewer and fewer say they’d be embarrassed to acknowledge having undergone a cosmetic procedure.
Cosmetic surgery has gained so much acceptance in the United States that more than 1.6 million surgical cosmetic procedures were performed in 2011. Clearly, many people are no longer reluctant to seek out medical solutions when they’re dissatisfied with their appearance, whether because of the effects of aging or due to naturally occurring physical imperfections.
The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery has compiled statistical information about cosmetic surgery in the U.S. since 1997. In the short 15-year span since the organization began collecting data, the number of surgical cosmetic procedures performed annually has gone up some 73 percent. It took the recent severe recession to cause a temporary setback in the steady growth in the field of cosmetic surgery. Since 2009, however, the number of surgeries was back on the increase again.
So what types of cosmetic surgeries are Americans opting for? According to the ASAPS, the most frequent cosmetic surgery in 2011 was lipoplasty (more commonly referred to as liposuction or liposculpture). For the previous three years, breast augmentation through the use of implants was performed more frequently than liposuction, but is now in the number two spot.
Here are the top seven surgical cosmetic procedures, in order, on the ASAPS list:
- breast augmentation
- abdominoplasty (tummy tuck)
- blepharoplasty (eyelid lift)
- breast lift (mastopexy)
- rhinoplasty (nose reshaping)
As most people would probably guess, women undergo the vast majority of cosmetic surgeries, but the number of surgeries performed on men is not insignificant. In 2011, men were responsible for almost 9 percent of cosmetic surgeries. Naturally, the range of choices for males is different than it is for females, although liposuction still took the first spot on the men’s list. The ASAPS says that the top seven procedures for men last year were:
- breast reduction (for a condition known as gynecomastia)
- otoplasty (cosmetic ear surgery)
Whatever your individual needs and wishes for improving your personal appearance, the Carlotti Center for Cosmetic Surgery is ready to help. The skill and dedication of Dr. Albert Carlotti and Dr. Michelle Carlotti have made the Center a leader among Scottsdale cosmetic surgery clinics. For your personal consultation, call the Carlotti Center today at (480) 947-7700 or visit us online at www.carlotticosmeticsurgery.com.