FRIDAY, Feb.26, 2016 (HealthDay News) – More and more Americans are putting their butts at the forefront of plastic surgery, according to a new report.
Buttocks implants and lifts are the fastest growing types of plastic surgery in the United States today, according to the latest data from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).
The 2015 statistic also showed another sign that men are not immune to vanity: more than 40 percent of breast reductions are now done in men, according to the ASPS report.
More than 27,000 breast reduction surgeries were performed on men last year – 5 percent more than in 2014 and 35 percent more than in 2000.
“As plastic surgery becomes more common and accepted in men, we are seeing more and more of them undergo procedures to tighten and tighten problem areas such as the breasts,” said ASPS President Dr. David Song in a company press release.
“This procedure is often done on younger men who are facing genetic challenges due to the size and shape of their breasts.
Overall, the ASPS says the type of cosmetic surgery Americans have opted for over the past 15 years has really changed.
Overall, the number of plastic surgeries in the US increased 115 percent between 2000 and 2015, and the trend does not seem to be slowing. According to ASPS, 15.9 million surgical and minimally invasive cosmetic interventions were performed in 2015 – 2 percent more than in 2014.
Of the 1.7 million surgeries performed in 2015, the top 5 were breast augmentation, liposuction, rhinoplasty, eyelid surgery, and tummy tuck.
This was the first year since at least 2000 that facelifts were not in the top 5, the ASPS noted.
Of the 14.2 million minimally invasive procedures in 2015, the top 5 were botulinum toxin type A (botox) injections, soft tissue fillers, chemical peels, laser hair removal, and microdermabrasion.
“While more traditional facials and breast augmentations are still some of the most popular, we are seeing a lot more variety in the areas of the body that appeal to patients,” said Song.
Between 2000 and 2015, the number of breast lifts increased by 89 percent (from around 53,000 to almost 100,000 cases).
However, the buttocks are increasingly the focus of cosmetic interventions, noted the ASPS.
For example, the rate of people undergoing a buttock lift increased 252 percent between 2000 and 2015 – from 1,356 to 4,767 procedures.
According to ASPS, the top posterior-related procedures in 2015 were: buttock augmentation with fat grafting (nearly 15,000 procedures, 28 percent more than 2014); Buttock lift (almost 4,800 procedures, 36 percent more than 2014) and buttock implants (more than 2,500 procedures, 36 percent more than 2014).
The report also said that there were more than 68,000 breast reduction surgeries in 2015, and for the first time, more than 40 percent of those surgeries were male.
The ASPS data also showed that more breast cancer patients are undergoing breast reconstruction. In 2015 there were more than 106,000 such procedures – 4 percent more than in 2014 and 35 percent more than in 2000.
“This is encouraging, and we hope that we can continue to educate all women with breast cancer so that they are aware of all of their reconstructive options from the start of the diagnosis,” said Song.
The U.S. Women’s Health Bureau has more about cosmetic surgery.