Recent Trends in Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery

How has plastic surgery evolved throughout recent years? Also, how has the recent global financial crisis affected the industry? According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery’s (ASAPS) 2010 report, surgical procedures are surprisingly still on the rise whereas non-surgical cosmetic procedures have decreased in popularity over the past few years.

As for plastic surgery prices, some procedures have become less expensive and more accessible, while other methods have not seen price changes. Needless to say, each technique differs in cost depending on a variety of factors. For example, procedures like rhinoplasty and a tummy tuck cost much more than a lip augmentation.

The five most popular plastic surgery procedures include breast augmentation, nose reshaping, eyelid surgery, liposuction and tummy tuck. As for non-surgical procedures, the public’s favorites are botox, dermal fillers, chemical peel, laser hair removal and microdermabrasion. Moreover, further developments can be expected from areas such as abdominal etching, body fat transfers and body implants.

The public is also becoming increasingly welcoming of plastic surgery procedures, thanks to media coverage and the hordes of celebrities who show up in public with noticeably fuller lips or breasts, better-shaped noses or drastically changed features.

Plastic surgery is no longer restricted to the upper class, either, although being cashed up certainly makes cosmetic surgery much more accessible. Nonetheless, financing options are increasing for individuals who desire to avail of such services. Although most insurance packages still do not cover plastic surgery operations for cosmetic purposes, clinics and doctors are becoming more open to alternative financing methods such as delayed payments and installment payments. Also, healthcare companies now also offer loans and other options for individuals.

Based on these and other observations of the industry during recent years, it is safe to say that plastic surgery will become an even more ordinary service to avail. Furthermore, technological advances can be expected to bring cosmetic surgery closer to the public. Hopefully, this will also mean that surgery will be able to address even more important bodily issues, resulting in valuable progress.

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