Cosmetic surgery isn’t something that is often discussed. After all, if it is done well, it may be nearly undetectable, and many people do not mind keeping the mystery alive. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), there were 14.6 million procedures (including both surgical and minimally invasive techniques) completed in the United States in 2012.

Of the surgical procedures, which are the most popular? The answers may surprise you! We’ve put together a list of five of the most popular surgical procedures over the past few years, so you can see what others find most important.

1) Lipoplasty or Liposuction

Liposuction is utilized to rid the body of excess fat in places where it cannot be removed by diet or exercise alone. Many people choose this to tone areas after significant weight loss or if they have stubborn fat pockets that are resistant to other forms of weight loss. The procedure is quite common, and doctors can make it as painless as possible. However, due to the nature of the process, there will be some recovery time necessary.

2) Eyelid Surgery

Eyelid surgery is one procedure often completed for non-cosmetic reasons. Also called a blepharoplasty, this procedure is often performed when an individual has excess skin on the eyelids that impacts vision. Additionally, it can be used when there is puffiness, bags or dark circles under the eyes. Since this procedure does involve an incision in a sensitive location, there is a short recovery period necessary and many people will want to take time off work and other activities as they allow the area to heal.

3) Breast Implants

While some choose implants to make the breasts appear larger, there are other reasons for this procedure too. Implants can balance a lopsided appearance and can also add shape and fullness in breasts that begin sagging due to age or weight loss.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 14.6 million plastic surgery procedures were completed in the US in 2012.

While the procedure has become smoother and easier with new techniques, the fact remains that this surgical procedure does require some recovery time before the patient can resume normal activities.

4) Rhinoplasty (Nose Job)

A rhinoplasty, or nose job, is a reshaping of the nose. While it can be completed because a patient is unhappy with the size or shape of the nose, it is often chosen for non-cosmetic reasons such as a deviated septum. There is usually some swelling and bruising, but many patients feel the pain and recovery time is less than expected from this surgery.

5) Facelift

A facelift is a highly customizable form of surgery. It can involve work on the chin, cheeks, eyelids, brows, nose and around the mouth. The goal of many patients is to achieve a younger, smoother, more lifted appearance. Working with your doctor, you will decide what procedures should be completed and customize a lift to suit your desires. Recovery time varies, depending on the exact areas that are “lifted.”

While these are some of the most popular plastic surgery procedures today, there are other options available too. No matter what procedure you choose, it is vital that you give plenty of thought to the process and make sure it is right for you.

Take time to think about the process and contact us to schedule a consultation with one of our well-respected doctors before you commit to anything, no matter HOW popular the process.

About Mark Jensen, MD

Training under many of the top plastic surgeons in the nation, Dr. Jensen has gained expertise in many areas of reconstructive surgery. He is an American Board of Surgery certified physician as well as a certified member of the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

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