With the increasing rise in popularity of cosmetic surgery, there is no longer any taboo surrounding people who decide to undergo such procedures; for example, in 2014, there were over 15.6 million cosmetic surgery procedures carried out.
As the popularity of cosmetic surgery remains on the rise, and looks set to do so, the common misconceptions surrounding the practice are slowly being disproved. With that in mind, here are some interesting facts about cosmetic surgery to keep you informed.
1) Breast augmentation is still number one
Despite the vast array of different cosmetic procedures becoming available, breast augmentation remains as the most popular type of surgery being undergone. Most breast augmentation procedures use silicone implants, but in 23 per cent of surgeries, saline implants are still being utilised. The most common reasons cited for undergoing the procedure are the enlargement of small breasts, refilling breasts that are deflated after pregnancy, and correcting uneven breasts
2) Most surgery is carried out on those between 40-54 years old
The vast majority of cosmetic surgery procedures are carried out on those between the ages of 40 and 54. Perhaps unsurprising, considering this is the age group where people begin to see signs of the aging process. Moreover, individuals within this age group usually have more financial resources at their disposal, and therefore can afford cosmetic surgery.
3) Over 90% of cosmetic surgery is performed on women
Despite the rise in the number of men who are undergoing cosmetic surgery, the overwhelming majority of procedures are still carried out on women. It remains to be seen if the rise in men’s cosmetic surgery will alter this figure dramatically. Most procedures being undertaken by women are anti-aging and fat removal procedures like liposuction and tummy tuck being very popular.
4) Injections are taking over
Despite the commonly held beliefs about cosmetic surgery, most procedures are now carried out injections, rather than the traditional ‘nip and tuck’ style of surgery. The usage of chemical injections like botulinum and hyaluronic acid makes cosmetic surgery much safer, quicker, and less invasive. Rather than undergoing general anaesthetic, spending hours under the knife, and having a painful recovery, Injections allow the use of local anaesthetic and dramatically reduced procedure times.