The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) recently released their 2017 statistics on cosmetic procedures performed in the United States. As you may have expected, breast augmentation surgery and rhinoplasty (nose job) were two of the most popular procedures performed. Yet there’s more to the numbers than that. These figures help surgeons understand trends in aesthetic treatments and what the future may hold for aesthetic rejuvenation.
Individuals over the age of 45 don’t have to look and feel old. In fact, the mid to late 40s and beyond can be rewarding years as long as the patient is healthy and does not suffer from any major illnesses. The physical signs of aging can be treated with various plastic surgery procedures, helping men and women age gracefully as they prepare for their senior years.
Aging is inevitable, and signs often start to develop earlier than you would think. According to research, many areas of our body (including the skin) begin a downward spiral around the time we hit our mid-20s. As a leading plastic surgeon, Dr. Griffin understands the aging process and offers a range of cosmetic surgery procedures and non-surgical treatments to address cosmetic concerns at any stage of life.
In Dr. Griffin’s experience, the following procedures are the most popular with patients ages 35 to 50:
Prospective patients should do their homework when deciding upon not only just whether or not to undergo a cosmetic surgical procedure, but also which cosmetic surgeon they want to perform the surgery. There can be an overwhelming number of physicians from which to choose, and all will claim to have many years of education, training, and expertise in performing a wide variety of cosmetic procedures.
Bruising is one of the most common side effects of plastic surgery. Because blood vessels are broken, cut, and disturbed during any surgery, the patient is likely to experience at least minor bruising. In general, this is no cause for concern, but it can be unsightly and uncomfortable for some patients.
A facelift procedure can rejuvenate the appearance of the face, producing a more youthful and refreshed look. In today’s youth-oriented culture, a procedure such as a facelift may help active older patients look as young as they feel.
The body stores fat under the skin, and no matter how hard patients work out, sometimes they have fat deposits that simply will not go away. Luckily, liposuction can physically remove these fat cells, giving the body a lean and toned look. Liposuction is most commonly performed on the following areas of the body.
Tobacco can be one of the most detrimental products that a patient can put into the system before and after surgery. Because it takes a long time for tobacco to completely work its way through the body, and because of all the processes that it affects, it is vitally important that plastic surgery patients stop using tobacco for a few weeks before and after the surgery. No matter what surgical procedure the patient is having, tobacco products can significantly delay the healing process and should be avoided.
Many patients may not realize that certain cosmetic surgical procedures are more involved than others. For example, there is a great deal of difference between having dermal injections to reduce lines and wrinkles on the face and having a tummy tuck procedure. Dermal injections are done with a very fine needle using local anesthetic only in specific targeted areas. On the other hand, a tummy tuck is a major medical procedure that usually requires general anesthesia and an incision that runs from one hipbone across to the other.
Many patients experience bruising around the nose and under the eyes after undergoing rhinoplasty. This is usually accompanied by swelling and some pain, all of which indicate a healthy healing process; still, bruising can be uncomfortable and inconvenient for those who have received this surgery.