THURSDAY, February 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) – Improving buttocks helped increase cosmetic procedures in the United States by 3 percent over the past year, according to a new report.
Americans saddled with flabby, small, or otherwise mundane abs had 11,505 buttock augmentations with fat grafts (up 15 percent from 2013), the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reported.
According to a press release from the company, more than 3,500 buttocks were lifted (44 percent more than last year).
And buttock implants – which were chosen by over 1,800 Americans – were up 98 percent year over year.
Plastic surgery in men has also become increasingly popular, the 2014 report found.
“The number of plastic surgeries in men has increased significantly since 2000, and the idea that cosmetic procedures are only intended for women no longer exists,” said the company’s president, Dr. Scot Glasberg, in the press release.
Some men wanted bigger breasts: plastic surgeons performed 1,054 breast implants (208 percent more than 2013).
And more than 26,000 men had breast reductions (29 percent more than in 2000).
“Men strive to regain a more youthful appearance, improve their self-image, and feel better about their looks,” added Glasberg.
A total of 15.6 million minimally invasive and cosmetic surgical procedures were performed in the United States in 2014. There were also 5.8 million reconstructive operations – an increase of 1 percent compared to 2013.
The demand for minimally invasive and cosmetic procedures continued. The five main procedures were: botulinum toxin type A or botox (6.7 million); Soft tissue fillers (2.3 million); chemical peels (1.2 million); Laser hair removal (1.1 million); and microdermabrasion (nearly 882,000). All but microdermabrasion have seen increases since 2013.
America’s most popular surgical procedures had their ups and downs, the study found. Breast augmentations decreased 1 percent compared to 2013. Rhinoplasty jobs were down 2 percent, eyelid surgeries were down 4 percent, and facelifts were down 4 percent.
However, liposuction rose 5 percent year over year.
Over 102,000 breast reconstructions were performed in breast cancer patients, an increase of 7 percent compared to 2013.
“It is encouraging to see a significant increase in breast reconstruction rates as studies show that reconstruction can dramatically improve a patient’s quality of life and self-image,” said Glasberg. “But not all breast cancer patients undergo breast reconstruction, in some cases because they are not informed about all of the reconstructive options.”
The US National Library of Medicine has more on plastic and cosmetic surgery.