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Last Year’s Most Interesting Plastic Surgery Trends

Dr. Susan Gannon says insights from a 2015 plastic surgery report show patients, both in Albany and nationwide, are taking advantage of innovations.

With more innovation in plastic surgery comes more options, and as it turns out, our Albany and Saratoga Springs patients are as apt to take advantage of those options as Americans in general. In its annual report on procedure statistics, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons® (ASPS) showed that nationwide interest in enhancements to the breasts, body, and face continues to rise. Since 2000, the number of cosmetic procedures performed has more than doubled, driven largely by continued diversity in what’s available to patients.

For example, back in 2000, hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers hadn’t even been approved by the FDA yet (the first, Restylane®, gained approval in 2003) — and last year alone, they were used to perform nearly 2 million procedures. Nonsurgical procedures accounted for 89% of all cosmetic procedures in 2015, with BOTOX® Cosmetic, dermal fillers, and chemical peels all continuing to expand on their popularity with patients.

On the surgical side, breast augmentation continues to hold the top spot, with more than 275,000 women undergoing the procedure. Liposuction, rhinoplasty, and eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) came in not far behind — but the big surprise is that tummy tucks (abdominoplasty) rounded out the top 5. With a 9% increase over last year, abdominoplasty came in at just under 128,000 procedures, edging out face lifts for that fifth spot.

Those trends reflect what we see here in Albany, for the most part. Both breast augmentation and tummy tuck procedures are very popular among our surgical patients, and we are meeting new patients all the time who are interested in nonsurgical treatments.

The survey also showed that patients are choosing from a wider range of treatments in general. “We’re seeing much more diversity in the areas of the body patients are choosing to address,” said ASPS President Dr. David H. Song. That’s true in Albany, as well, where we have added new nonsurgical alternatives for anti-aging and fat reduction in recent years.

These shifts in the past decade beg the question: What innovation will take the plastic surgery field by storm next? The only thing that’s certain is that there are more choices than ever before, and we’re proud to provide so many ways for our patients to look their best and feel more confident.


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