Each year, millions of Americans undergo cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures, ranging from advanced surgeries to completely non-invasive treatments. While the procedures and treatments vary greatly, they are all designed to help you improve both your appearance and self-confidence.
According to a study done by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Americans underwent more than 15.5 million procedures in 2014. Here’s a brief overview of the top 10 procedures listed in their report—including 5 advanced surgeries and 5 minimally-invasive treatments.
Top 5 Plastic Surgery Procedures
1. Breast Augmentation
Consistently one of the most popular options each year, the breast augmentation topped the list of advanced plastic surgery procedures in 2014. A breast augmentation is an ideal procedure for anyone who wants to increase the size and appearance of their breasts.
A rhinoplasty, or nose job, is a common plastic surgery procedure that is performed to improve the appearance of the nose and overall face. It can help correct asymmetry, enlarged nasal tips, large or wide nostrils, wide nasal bridges, and more to help restore balance to the face.
Depending on the method used, liposuction can actually be much less invasive than other plastic surgery. Aqualipo liposuction, for example, only requires small incisions in the areas to be treated that will heal without the use of stitches.
4. Eyelid Surgery
Eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty, is a very common procedure among adults who have lost skin elasticity around their eyes. The surgery can help correct wrinkles, folds, and loose skin—resulting in brighter, younger, and healthier-looking eyes.
5. Face Lift
As we get older, our faces can show signs of aging—including wrinkles, fat deposits, creases, and loose skin. A face lift can help you regain your youthful appearance and confidence.
Top 5 Minimally-Invasive Procedures
The most popular minimally-invasive treatment and the most popular cosmetic surgery option overall, BOTOX is injected directly into your facial muscles to smooth wrinkles and reduce the appearance of fine lines around your forehead and between your eyebrows.
2. Soft Tissue Fillers
Soft tissue fillers are temporary injectables—made of collagen, minerals, or other materials—that can help create fuller or smoother cheeks, lips, or nasolabial folds.
Another injectable treatment, Juvederm is used to smooth and soften the lines and creases around your mouth. It is an FDA-approved facial filler made from hyaluronic acid, which is a protein already present in your body.
4. Chemical Peel
Chemical peels are used on the face, hands, or neck to smooth wrinkles and fine lines, treat types of acne, or improve the appearance of scars or imperfections on the skin. The treatment involves applying a chemical solution to the skin, which exfoliates the skin and then peels off a layer to reveal new, smoother skin underneath.
5. Laser Hair Removal
Popular among women and men, laser hair removal is performed over a series of appointments to permanently remove hair from unwanted places on the body. Popular areas include legs, arms, upper lips, underarms, and more.