How many people opted to have a cosmetic procedure, either surgical or non-surgical, in 2014? Well, you could have taken the entire population of Australia and performed a cosmetic procedure on every one of them. And you still would have had a few Botox sessions and tummy tucks left over. Holy koala bears!
That’s how many cosmetic procedures were performed in 2014 — over 20 million — according to statistics released July 9 by the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS).
So, which country had the most? You know the answer to that one, but here are the top eight countries:
United States — 4,064,571 (20.1%)
Brazil — 2,058,505 (10.2%)
Japan — 1,260,351 (6.2%)
South Korea — 980,313 (4.8%)
Mexico — 706,072 (3.5%)
Germany — 533,622 (2.6%)
France — 416,148 (2.1%)
Columbia — 357,115 (1.8%)
And it appears the eyes and the areas around them are very popular with both surgical and non-surgical procedures.
What were the top five cosmetic surgeries performed?
Eyelid Surgery = 1,427,451
Liposuction = 1,372,901
Breast Augmentation = 1,348,197
Fat Grafting = 965,727
Rhinoplasty = 849,445
And the top five non-surgical procedures?
Botulinum Toxin = 4,830,911
Hyaluronic Acid = 2,690,633
Hair Removal = 1,277,581
Chemical Peel = 493,043
Laser Skin Resurfacing = 480,271
Women accounted for 86.3% of the total, with more than 17 million procedures. Men had 2.5 million procedures, 12.7% of the total. The most popular for women? Breast augmentation. Men? Eyelid surgery.
At Jones Plastic Surgery we’re asked the same question time and time again — “What’s the secret to youthful skin from head to toe?”
Although we offer surgical solutions that address skin damage, first and foremost we are responsible professionals offering common sense advice to every client. In this case, rather than dive straight into the various surgical options and other skin treatments available, we tell our clients that taking care of their skin day in and day out is a far better approach than to simply rely on surgery once the damage is done. It’s a case of preventing problems before they require a heavier hand later on.
As for the secret to healthier skin, there really is no specific secret. Instead, it’s all about common sense and getting yourself into the good habits you ideally should have been following all along. For example, it’s impossible to maintain healthy skin without a healthy diet and plenty of exercise. It may sound cliché, but even with all the surgery in the world you cannot expect to look your best unless you keep yourself in optimal health.
As for moisturizers, you may not realize it but no matter which creams and lotions you use, none of them actually inject moisture into your skin. Instead, they lock in the skin’s natural moisture, which is why it’s a terrible idea to wait until skin looks dry and then apply moisturizer. Moisturizing after a bath or shower is always the best way to go.
We’re always happy to offer our expert advice on how to better care for your skin, so feel free to give the Jones Plastic Surgery team a call any time.
Here at Jones Plastic Surgery, we’re often asked what exactly is the secret to eternal youth. As responsible surgeons, we’re of course forced to crush dreams outright by saying there’s no such thing. The trouble is that many patients considering a cosmetic procedure believe that they can reverse or at least slow the aging process with surgery, which isn’t the case at all. Surgery can mask the signs of aging and restore a wonderfully youthful look, but when it comes to genuinely holding onto youthful looks longer, the key actually lies in preserving what Mother Nature gave you.
The adage that prevention is the best medicine couldn’t be more accurate when it comes to the health and appearance of your skin. The key is to follow the common sense guidelines you already know:
Moisturize – Moisturize well, moisturize often, and moisturize using a quality product. After all, your skin is made up mostly of water, so how can it look its best if you don’t hydrate it properly?
Drink More Water – Speaking of hydration, the water your skin craves comes almost entirely from within, which is why it’s crucial to get into the habit of drinking the recommended two liters a day, every day.
Kick the Habit – What’s considered an acceptable alcohol and tobacco intake for the best possible skin health? Simple…ZERO!
Sleep Tight – Your skin is an organ and just like any other cannot function properly without regular and consistently healthy sleep.
G.I.G.O – This stands for ‘garbage in garbage out’ and basically refers to how everything you eat and drink will be reflected in the health and radiance of your skin.
Cover Up – Last but not least, the days of ultra-bronze tans being interpreted as a sign of health are long gone…cover up in the sun or face disastrously premature skin aging.
While it’s important to ask a prospective plastic surgeon a host of questions before committing to a procedure, we believe it’s just as important to quiz yourself on a few matters. That’s why all patients approaching Jones Plastic Surgery are advised to ponder the following questions before we’ll go any further with their treatment plans:
Why am I considering surgery?
As any responsible surgeon will advise, there are just as many reasons you should NOT be considering surgery as there are arguments in favor of treatment. If, for example, you’ve been bothered by a body issue for years, have thought about it long and hard, and have considered all the risks involved, you’re a prime candidate. If, on the other hand, you’ve been pressured into the decision, have unrealistic body goals, or are simply following a trend, you’re not in the right frame of mind for any procedure.
What am I expecting?
Here’s where realism comes into the equation; it’s important to understand what cosmetic surgery can do. Yes, the right procedure can improve your look, it may also improve your health, and it is likely to work wonders for your confidence. By contrast, no surgery can reverse or halt the aging process, cure deep-seeded depression, be guaranteed to last for life, or be carried out without certain risks attached.
Is now the right time?
Last of the three, all patients need to think carefully about their lives at the time they’re considering treatment in order to assess the validity of their decision. Just as spur of the moment decisions are unwise, so too are those motivated by grief, anguish, outside pressure, or any apparent time constraints. What’s more, even if all the right boxes are checked it is still crucial to factor in recovery times and any possible complications as advised by the surgeon.