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Achieving Beach-Ready Appearance: Surgical Procedures

Aug 03, 2017 07:37PM
Achieving Beach-Ready Appearance: Surgical Procedures

by Dr.Kiener:



At this time of the year everyone’s thoughts turn from the slopes to the shore. Although you may have rocked your Bogner ski ensemble, that might not be the case in cruise wear. Coincidently, this is also the time of year when the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery releases statistics for both surgical and non-surgical procedures performed in the previous year.


With no surprise, liposuction remains the number one surgical procedure in 2016, as it has been for the preceding three years. Since we are removing all that fat, and live in the recycling age. we have developed operations to make fat a valuable resource. Transfer of fat to the face, breast, and buttock are now commonplace and very popular. Non-invasive removal of fat by a variety of means has increased 8.6% from 2015 to 2016. Based on local marketing, I think the actual number performed exceeds this published statistic.


Breast augmentation with implants remains the second most frequently performed surgical procedure, followed by tummy tucks. Patient satisfaction for both of these procedures is typically quite high and can produce remarkable results, particularly when wearing summer attire.


Cosmetic surgical procedures have doubled over the past nine years, but non-surgical procedures have increased nearly tenfold. Botulinum toxin remains the number one non-surgical procedure with 4.5 million treatments in 2016. Although the results are not permanent, it remains one of the best values in aesthetic medicine. The use of hyaluronic fillers, like Juvederm, Restylane, and Voluma, continues to be popular with 3.3 million treatments performed. The results with fillers continue to improve with both injector expertise as well as an increase in the longevity of the products.


In addition to non-invasive fat removal, other popular non-surgical procedures include laser hair removal, photo-rejuvenation with intense pulsed light, and chemical peels.


All of these treatments may help you achieve that beach-ready appearance. Just remember: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” so stay hydrated, use sunscreen, be active, and enjoy life.