Plastic Surgery Procedures Skyrocket Over Past Decade

Whitney Taylor | December 16, 2014 | Posted in Skin Care

nose plastic surgery preparationCosmetic surgery was a growing market between 2000 and 2012, particularly in the area of minimally-invasive procedures. Recent studies have shown these procedures to be very safe with few complications or side effects reported.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons has reported on the results of a 12-year study that showed the number of cosmetic procedures has steadily increased since 2000. This increase came despite the economic slowdown that occurred in the early 2000s and could primarily be attributed to the rise in minimally-invasive procedures, or MIPs. This category includes injectable treatments, as well as laser and other energy devices.

Reasons for increase in plastic surgery

Researchers attributed the rise in these numbers in part to the fact that more patients are taking advantage of direct payment plans available at plastic surgeon’s offices for MIPs. Insurance rarely covers the cost of plastic surgery procedures, particularly injectables and laser skin rejuvenation. However, another study recently published in JAMA Dermatology indicating the relative safety of MIPs could also play a role in their sustainable popularity in the future.

Researchers at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine found that MIPs performed by board-certified dermatologists are accompanied by serious adverse effects less than one percent of the time. Common side effects of these procedures, such as bruising, redness, swelling and skin darkening, are usually mild and subside on their own within a fairly short period of time.

It should be noted that the study only looked at procedures performed by qualified physicians experienced in these types of procedures.

Major surgery on decline

Although an overall uptick was noted in the cosmetic surgery industry, major surgical procedures like facelifts declined somewhat during that time period.  However, the plastic surgery market continues to be a strong one, with many procedures seeing increases in popularity between 2000 and 2013, including breast enhancement surgery, tummy tucks and butt lifts. According to figures directly from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, breast augmentation increased during that time by 37 percent, tummy tucks increasing by 79 percent and butt lifts increasing by 80 percent.

The study, titled, “A 12-Year Analysis of the Relationship between Market Trends and Cosmetic Case Volume,” was authored by Marc Walker, MD, MBA. Walker is on staff at the plastic surgery department at Yale University. His findings were presented at the annual scientific meeting for the American Society of Plastic Surgeons in October 2014.

Choosing a qualified Manhattan cosmetic surgeon

Plastic surgery has been a growing industry for the past decades, thanks to developments in techniques and technology that allow surgeons to produce the most natural, beautiful results for their patients. However, those results are directly dependent on the experience and the skill of the doctor performing the procedure, whether it is as complex as a full facelift or as straightforward as Botox injections. Patients commonly look for the best surgeons to perform surgery for medical purposes, yet often do not put the same due diligence into choosing a plastic surgeon for their aesthetic needs.

Leading Manhattan cosmetic surgeon Dr. Thomas Loeb’s reputation for producing natural, age-defying results has spread across the globe. If you are looking for a cosmetic surgeon who will ensure your procedure is both safe and successful, contact Dr. Loeb at 212-327-3700 or complete the online form to schedule your personal consultation.

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American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Relationship between Market Trends and Cosmetic Case Volume Analyzed,

Northwestern University, Safest Cosmetic Surgery Procedures,

For the Media, JAMA Network, Few Adverse Events Found in Noninvasive, Minimally-Invasive Cosmetic Procedures,

American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 2013 Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Statistics,

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