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You know, let's put it this way, if all the people in Hollywood who have had plastic surgery, if they went on vacation, there wouldn't be a person left in town - Michael Jackson

Cosmetic Health

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Plastic surgery covers a lot of territory, including reconstructive surgery, resurfacing, injections, tucks, pulls and lifts along with a variety of non-surgical treatments and procedures.

However, there are major differences between reconstructive and aesthetic plastic surgery. Removing a bump on your nose is one thing, DDD breast implants to further your career (Montag) or fulfill some deeply rooted self esteem issues is entirely different.

Minimally invasive procedures, from thread and liquid lifts to body contouring and facial rejuvenation, have moved the traditional facelift to the back of the bus. And it doesn't cost an arm or a leg. Keep in mind that these minimally invasive treatments do not do the same as a surgical facelift, but they will go a long way in erasing some of the time that begins to show up on our faces as we age.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) in 2011 there were 13.8 million cosmetic procedures with the majority being minimally invasive procedures as opposed to surgical procedures. Although facelifts were among the top 5 cosmetic surgical procedures from 2000 – 2004 according to the ASPS, facelifts dropped out of the top 5 as people turned toward body contouring and less invasive procedures for facial rejuvenation.

The most recent International Society of Aesthetic and Plastic Surgery survey reports the top five nonsurgical procedures are Botulinum Toxin Type A injections like Botox and Dysport (32.7 percent), hyaluronic acid injections (20.1 percent), laser hair removal (13.1 percent), autologous fat injections (5.9 percent) and intense pulsed light (IPL) treatments (4.4 percent).

Keep in mind that these minimally invasive treatments do not do the same as a surgical facelift, but they will go a long way in erasing some of the time that begins to show up on our faces as we age. And always make sure to discuss the costs with your physician or their office personnel prior to the procedure, and also make sure that all the costs are discussed including physician fees, anesthesia, products, hospital stay if necessary, operating room use and any other fees that may be incurred.

However, not surprisely plastic surgery is really getting out of hand, especially for younger girls. Statistics from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery show that cosmetic-surgery procedures performed on girls 18 and younger have nearly tripled over the past decade and nearly 14% of all Botox injections are given to those between the ages of 19 and 34. (Who has wrinkles at 19?)


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