Plastic surgery have seen an unprecedented demand for cosmetic procedures, as found in a recent study by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
The reasons include reduced travel (and the use of travel budgets for cosmetic procedures), a desire to feel good and more confident, and increased amounts of money saved during the pandemic. Many people wish to look younger after aging from the stress of C19; others have noticed features they wished to improve as a result of making video calls.
What are the Top Cosmetic Procedures in Current Times?
Currently, the top five surgical procedures patients are opting for, are liposuction, facelift, breast augmentation, tummy tuck, and breast lift. The top minimally invasive cosmetic procedures are Botox, fillers, non-invasive fat reduction, non-surgical skin tightening (for instance, via laser), and skincare and treatments.
One of the most popular non-surgical fat reduction methods is CoolSculpting, which involves freezing areas of stubborn fat along the body (and in the double chin area).
The frozen/dead fat cells are then eliminated through the urine in subsequent weeks. Patients aren’t only opting for single treatments, however. For instance, many patients who are having their breasts augmented via an implant may also have a fat transfer procedure, since the fat obtained can be reinjected in the breast area for a more harmonious effect.
What Combination Procedures Are All the Rage?
Some of the most sought-after combination procedures include tummy tuck plus liposuction, tummy tuck plus breast augmentation, face and neck lifts, facelifts and fat transfer, and eyelid surgery and dermal fillers.
Sometimes, both the face and body are worked on, with patients opting for a breast augmentation and rhinoplasty. One of the most popular of all combination surgeries is the ‘mommy makeover’ which can involve an abdominoplasty, liposuction, and breast enhancement. Some patients are also choosing intimate surgeries such as labiaplasty and vaginal tightening following childbirth.
What Are the Benefits of Combination Surgery?
There are three main reasons why a plastic surgeon may suggest that a patient combines various procedures at once. These include the benefit of going under anesthesia just once and experiencing just one recovery period, saving on costs of operating rooms and anesthesiologists, and enjoying major results immediately.
The fear of undergoing more than one procedure has been abated thanks to new equipment (such as tilting operating tables), which enable doctors to comfortably work on more than one area in the operating room.
There have also been big advances in areas like rhinoplasty, where cutting-edge ultrasonic rhino-sculpture technology is being used to reshape noses without damaging nearby cartilage and tissues. Surgeons can focus solely on the bone, which also leads to lower levels of bruising and swelling.
Plastic surgery is booming in the post-C19 world, with many patients wishing to boost their confidence after a stressful time. The leading surgeries are liposuction, facelift, breast augmentation, tummy tuck, and breast lift. However, many patients are opting to address issues they are unhappy with via non-surgical means such as fillers, Botox, and fat freezing.