What do plastic surgery statistics mean to you?
A recent report from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) says, in a nutshell, we Americans got more plastic surgery procedures in 2016 than ever before. Maybe you’ve read lots of reports over the years about this topic because you find it interesting, but you don’t know what it means to you.
Why should you care?
So what if there were hundreds of thousands of breast augmentations, rhinoplasties and liposuction procedures performed last year? And the numbers are predicted to go higher this year. Here’s a message is hidden in the statistics:
Plastic surgery is officially no longer only for the rich and famous
Cosmetic procedures have grown to become more mainstream, safer, accessible and acceptable to the masses. That means if you’ve been thinking about having a procedure, you are in like-minded company.
Whether you choose a surgical treatment or something minimally invasive, cosmetic treatments are starting to be seen as a normal part of maintaining our appearance.
Popular cosmetic surgery procedures of 2016
- Breast augmentation
- Tummy tuck
- Buttock augmentation
Popular minimally invasive procedures
- Botox injections
- Hyaluronic acid filler injections
- Chemical peels
- Laser treatments
Many reasons for plastic surgery surge
The growth can be attributed to many factors, including advances in technology and techniques. There are also more procedures to choose from. In fact, many of today’s most popular non-invasive procedures didn’t even exist ten years ago. And about fifteen years ago, many surgical procedures required a hospital stay. These days, most cosmetic surgeries can be performed on an outpatient basis.
Another driver of growth comes from studies that show an improved appearance can have a positive impact on career growth and job search success. This effect can be seen in a positive economy because we have the additional income to spend on procedures. However, even in a down economy, a cosmetic procedure can be seen as a way to help you better compete in the job market.