Plastic surgery has always been an attractive option for people who want to enhance their beauty and restore their youthful appearance. However, for many years people have hesitated to take the plunge and go through with a procedure simply because it was too invasive.
Over the years, plastic surgery has utilized cutting-edge technology to revamp their methods. The result is that now there are much more minimally-invasive procedures available which could go a long way towards curbing those all-too-natural anxious feelings associated with plastic surgery.
Not only does this option reduce some of that nervousness that people may feel about having an operation, but in many cases, it means less pain, less scarring, and overall faster recover. The shift from traditional open surgery towards this new approach gives people the peace of mind to move forward with their selected procedure.
It’s important for patients to feel as comfortable as possible and there are certainly ways to do this. One of the best things is for patients to have as much education as possible about their intended procedure.
More Common Than You May Think
It is incredibly common for people to feel a little uneasy no matter what methods are used in a particular procedure. However, just as common as that worry is the sheer amount of minimally-invasive procedures that are performed each year. According to the 2017 Plastic Surgery Statistic Report, the popularity of minimally-invasive procedures have increased significantly over the past several years.
Top Five Minimally-Invasive Procedures
To better put it in perspective, let’s discuss the top five minimally invasive procedures and their popularity among patients.
Botulinum Toxin Type A
Botulinum toxin is a common injection used to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles we often see during the natural aging process. Areas that are most often treated include the face, neck, and jaw muscles. Essentially, botulinum toxin is a purified substance that comes from bacteria. Once it is injected, it confuses the nerve signal to the muscles are unable to contract. The result is fewer lines and wrinkles in the treated area. Common forms of botulinum toxin injections include Botox®, Dysport®, and Xeomin®.
Since the year 2000, botulinum toxin injections have increased by 819% making it one of the most sought-after treatments available due to its fast results and low recovery time.
Soft Tissue Fillers
Dermal fillers are used to offer total facial rejuvenation by enhancing its overall volume and fullness. It can be used to soften lines, plump lips, decrease or eliminate the shadows created by the lower eyelids, or even to improve the appearance of certain types of scars.
This procedure is especially attractive because it can offer a subtle enhancement that doesn’t totally change a person’s natural appearance. Since the year 2000, soft tissue fillers have increased by 312%.
Chemical peels are extremely popular among patients. A chemical solution is used to remove the top layer of skin and taking with it the damage on that layer. This may be an ideal solution for someone who has acne scars, issues with skin pigmentation or has fine lines and wrinkles or another skin issue.
1.37 million chemical peels were performed in 2017 alone, and the procedure itself has experienced a 20% increase since the year 2000.
Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal is a convenient option for individuals who would like to remove hair from certain areas of their body. Common treatment areas include upper lip, legs, and underarms, but can be performed anywhere that hair follicles exist.
As another popular minimally-invasive treatment, laser hair removal has had a 48% increase over the past nearly two decades.
Microdermabrasion essentially works to sand away the top layer of skin that is damaged. Common reasons for this treatment include age spots, acne, fine lines, and wrinkles plus many other skin issues. Additionally, microdermabrasion works to thicken the collagen of the skin which promotes a much more youthful appearance.
Over 740,000 microdermabrasion procedures have been performed in 2017.
Nervousness before any procedure is certainly normal. However, one of the best ways to combat this type of anxiety is to learn as much as you possibly can about it. If you are contemplating a procedure, reach out to the Advanced Center for Plastic Surgery. The knowledgeable staff is there to provide information and support as you make this life-changing decision.