By the end of 2016, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) indicated that the total expenditure on plastic surgeries throughout the US was a whopping 16 billion dollars. Similar statistics conducted by the end of 2017 anticipated an increase of about 5% from the previous year. The 2016 report by ASPS stipulated that 85% of all surgeries conducted in the US were cosmetic enhancements. The trend seems to be the same over the course of 2017. From research the upsurge in expenditures on plastic surgeries, in particular, cosmetic enhancement procedures are as a result of a variety of issues as presented here.
- Society perception on cosmetic enhancement surgeries.
The social outlook on cosmetic surgeries has seen significant metamorphosis over the last few years. More individuals in particular high profile have become more forthcoming with plastic surgery experiences that have changed their lives positively. Social media has also played a significant role in destigmatizing the past notion about the use plastic surgery for cosmetic purposes. Today a client of any adult age group has the social liberty to have a procedure done without the shame brought by social prejudice.
- Affordability and Accessibility
For years, plastic surgery has been perceived as a luxury reserved for the wealthy; however, it is currently mainstream and accessible. According to American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), affordable costs on procedures have been a primary cause of increased surgeries. Current surgical prices indicate that Breast augmentations (breast implant) surgery costs approximately $3,700 per procedure; Liposuction is done for about $3,719 per procedures while Nose reshaping surgeries are priced at $5,000 per procedure. On the other hand, clients are charged minimally for simple procedures such as a Tummy tuck, which goes for $5,800 per procedure while Buttock augmentation costs only $4,400 per procedure.
Non-surgical procedures have also become more affordable over time with cost listings indicating Wrinkle treatment injections administered at $385 per procedure. Hyaluronic acid fillers cost approximately $644 per procedure. A chemical peel is charged at $673 per procedure. Microdermabrasion prices go as low as $138 per procedure. A single Laser treatment procedure costs about $433 each. The fact that more individuals are able to afford these prices has allowed them to take up more procures in 2016 and 2017. Despite the increase in costs of surgeries over the last two years, the difference was not substantial.
- Increase in surgery safety standers.
The days when having a facelift left a patient hospitalized for several days are long gone. Current procedures have become safer; consequently reducing the recovery period as well as showing better results. Over the last two years, patients have become more willing to spend on procedures and surgical techniques have improved. Additionally, there are more certified plastic surgeons today in the US than any other time before.
- Increase in popularity for Non-surgical procedures.
Non-surgical procedures such as Botox (Wrinkle treatment injections), Hyaluronic acid fillers, and Chemical peel, Microdermabrasion, and Laser treatments have become more popular over time. Most of the aforementioned Non-surgical procedures never existed over a decade ago; additionally, those that were available were done in a manner that left the patient on the recovery bed for at least 2 days. Nevertheless, today most Non-surgical procedures have limited risks, quick treatment, as well as minimal recovery time a factor that has seen them become more popular than ever.