Trending Plastic Surgery Procedures
Cosmetic surgery has been available for many years, but until recently has been a subject with a negative stigma attached to it. However, with the advent of high definition cameras, the prevalence of social media, and the ever-present focus on youth in our society, cosmetic surgery has gone from being a dirty little secret to being accepted and even encouraged as a way to feel better about yourself. In fact, over the past 20 years, the number of plastic surgeries performed has increased by nearly 60 percent, with an 11 percent increase in the past year alone. At Houston Center for Plastic Surgery, we offer a wide range of treatments for rejuvenating both face and body, including the procedures that are trending right now, and Dr. Rappaport’s extensive experience in cosmetic and reconstructive procedures will ensure that you leave our care looking beautiful, natural and exuding confidence.
Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
The cosmetic procedure that saw the most significant increase in 2017 is blepharoplasty, more commonly known as an eyelid lift. Coming in at number five on the list of most requested procedures in 2016, eyelid lifts jumped over 26 percent into the number three spot in 2017. An eyelid lift can be both cosmetic and functional, as drooping lids can not only make you look older, but impair your vision.
As you age, drooping eyelids, wrinkles around your eyes or dark circles and bags underneath can give the appearance that you are perpetually tired or older than you really are. An eyelid lift can correct that, lifting and rejuvenating the skin and other soft tissues around your eyes, leaving you with a refreshed, rejuvenated appearance. During eyelid surgery, Dr. Rappaport removes redundant skin if necessary, and repositions sagging skin and excess fat on your upper lids, lower lids or both.
The surgery eliminates bags under the eyes, tightens the skin around your eyes and lifts the upper lids to give you a more rested, youthful appearance. So why is blepharoplasty seeing such an increase in popularity? Besides patients wanting to look younger for personal reasons, many surgeons are performing eyelid lifts on patients who have expressed the desire to be able to compete in their career with a younger workforce.
Many companies may value the experience of more seasoned employees, but are looking to target a younger audience or infuse more youthful energy into their company. Blepharoplasty can help you look younger, and can be complemented with filler injections to further smooth and fill areas with wrinkles or volume loss, giving you back that competitive edge at your job.
Men and Cosmetic Surgery
If cosmetic surgery in general was a taboo subject for women in the past, it was exponentially more so for men. However, as many men work long hours and go home to family and other social commitments, the time left over for taking care of themselves is almost non-existent. Gone are the days when daily gym workouts were the norm, and, coupled with a slowing metabolism, many men start to see a softening midsection and the beginnings of the dreaded “dad bod.” While women still far outpace men in the number of cosmetic surgical procedures performed each year, statistics show an increase of almost 325 percent over the last 20 years.
Men want to look good and feel good about themselves just as much as women do, so as the stigma of plastic surgery fades, they can more confidently choose to boost their self-esteem with a cosmetic procedure. Additionally, many plastic surgeons are working harder to reach a broader male audience by offering procedures tailored to their needs and goals. At Houston Center for Plastic Surgery, Dr. Rappaport provides several procedures specifically for men, including liposuction, blepharoplasty, male breast reduction (to treat gynecomastia) and nonsurgical treatments like Botox and injectable fillers. In the quest to look younger and better compete in the workplace, as well as feel good in their skin, many men are turning to both surgical and nonsurgical options.
More than 200,000 men chose Botox and injectable fillers in 2017 to smooth and rejuvenate their skin non-surgically, while 120,000 men underwent cosmetic surgery. Of that number, nearly 25 percent chose liposuction, making it the most-requested procedure for the male population, followed closely by blepharoplasty and male breast reduction. The most crucial step is to choose a surgeon, like Dr. Rappaport, who understands the essential differences between plastic surgery in men and women. For example, men tend to have broad shoulders and narrow hips, while women are built with a narrower waist and fuller hips. These differences inform how a liposuction procedure is performed, so that it is done in a way that preserves the natural masculine shape.
Contact a Houston Plastic Surgeon
There are several surgeries that are perennial favorites, and while not necessarily trending, continue to reign at the top of the list of most requested procedures. Breast augmentation has stayed in the number one spot of most-requested surgeries for the past five years, with more than double the number of treatments performed than the procedure in the number three spot. Liposuction is number two overall, and has also held onto its spot for five years. No matter what type of surgery you choose, you can rest assured that Dr. Rappaport and his experienced staff at Houston Center for Plastic Surgery will provide you with compassionate care and superior results. Call our office today at 713-766-5272 to schedule a consultation.