Cosmetic Surgery Steadily Rising Worldwide

Plastic surgery is on the rise. Not just in the US, but all over the world. According to new stats recently published at the World Congress exhibit in Paris, the worldwide cosmetic surgery market grew over 8% in 2016 to an estimated $8.9 billion. That figure is expected to increase to almost $10 billion this year and industry experts predict that this growth will only continue in the years ahead.

Cosmetic Surgery Steadily Rising WorldwideThough North America (the US in particular) and Europe still have the highest numbers of cosmetic surgery procedures performed each year, other world regions are beginning to close the gap. The Asian Pacific region has seen a massive spike in the popularity of plastic surgery, particularly South Korea. Research done by the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) stated that South Korea had the 3rd most plastic surgery procedures performed in 2015, behind just the US and Brazil.

There are a number of factors that can be partially attributed to this recent cosmetic surgery surge. Societal stigmas around cosmetic surgery, especially for men, have become less prevalent in recent years. More people than ever all around the globe are feeling empowered to seek out cosmetic procedures as a way to fight off the signs of aging and look and feel their best. We have also seen an increase in the number of available board-certified cosmetic surgeons worldwide in recent years.

Though plastic surgery as a whole is growing worldwide, which procedures are most popular is still very dependent on the region. The ISAPS data indicates that breast augmentation procedures and liposuction are still the most popular procedures in the US, whereas facial procedures like eyelid and nose surgeries are the most in-demand in South Korea. One thing that remains consistent is the exponential growth of non-surgical cosmetic procedures like Botox® Cosmetic injections and nonsurgical fat reduction like SculpSure®.

Personally, I’m very heartened by this development. As someone who takes pride in helping people improve their appearance, self-esteem and quality of life through plastic surgery, it’s great to see more and more people opting for these potentially life-changing procedures. If you are interested in a cosmetic procedure and would like to schedule a consultation, please contact me, Dr. David Whiteman at Southern Plastic Surgery today. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for more tips and updates.

Happy New Year from Everyone at Southern Plastic Surgery!

It’s been a fantastic year at Southern Plastic Surgery (SPS) and we all have a lot to be thankful for. 2016 brought us new patients and truly inspiring cosmetic and reconstructive surgery results that will hopefully make a difference to our patients for years and years to come. With that in mind, 2017 offers us a new year of possibilities and experiences we can’t wait to discover. But before we fully transition into the new year, let us take a moment to reflect on 2016 and all that the whole SPS and Laser Lights family were able to accomplish:

  • Happy New Year from Everyone at Southern Plastic Surgery!As now the sole owner of our Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center, we are now able to provide two centers with one purpose. United together, we embrace the opportunity to serve all of our patients with a wide array of both surgical procedures and nonsurgical cosmetic treatments.
  • Thanks to all of you, for the second year in a row I was nominated for the 2016 Best Self Magazine “Best of Atlanta Contest” for Best Plastic Surgeon for my Tummy Tuck procedure.
  • On a similar note, we are so proud that our Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center was awarded the 2016 Best Self Magazine award for Best Laser Hair Removal.
  • Within the last year, we added a number of new treatments to our menu of cosmetic services for our patients. These nonsurgical treatments provide our patients simple, quick and effective ways to look and feel their best without any necessary downtime for recovery, including Kybella® Nonsurgical Fat Reduction for the double chin and Cellulaze™ Cellulite Treatment. Additionally, Laser Lights added several new cosmetic treatments including SculpSure® Nonsurgical Fat Reduction, platelet-rich plasma treatments, paramedical scar camouflaging, Réjuvapen® microneedling, organic airbrush spray tanning, new skin care treatments and more.

Here’s to wishing for an even bigger and better 2017 for Southern Plastic Surgery and our patients. So from everyone here at Southern Plastic Surgery, we would like to thank you all again and wish everyone a happy and healthy New Year.  We look forward to seeing you all in 2017! If you or anyone you know is interested in learning more about our procedures or cosmetic treatments, please contact Dr. David Whiteman at Southern Plastic Surgery or Laser Lights for a complimentary consultation today. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for more news and updates.

Facelifts for Men: The New Normal

It’s no secret that plastic surgery for men has become far more common over the years. According to statistics gathered by the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the number of cosmetic procedures performed annually on men has increased over 325% since 1997 and continues to steadily increase every year. Although there has been an increase in cosmetic surgeries tailored specifically to men like male breast reduction, data shows that more men than ever are opting for universal procedures like facelifts.

Facelifts for Men The New NormalOver 13,000 facelifts were performed on men in the US last year alone, making it the fifth most popular cosmetic procedure for men. The social stigma associated with men undergoing plastic surgery seems to be fading. The perception that a facelift is only for models and movie stars has gone by the wayside as more men are opting to undergo the procedure to restore their youthfulness and look their best.

Some of this increase in popularity is the result of technological breakthroughs in the field that allow for more natural, masculine results. These breakthroughs include the Z-plasty, a technique I use underneath the chin for certain patients that can help limit recovery time. For many men in the corporate world, maintaining a youthful appearance is essential for remaining vital in a highly competitive environment.

In a piece published by Business Insider, male plastic surgery patients were divided into 4 categories, including the “CEO or Board Member”. These patients are typically successful, experienced businessmen who opt for procedures like facelifts as a means to match how they look with how they feel. For many of these patients, surgeons have coined the phrase “Forbes facelift” which is a combination procedure that combines a facelift with a neck lift and sometimes a brow lift.

In addition to cosmetic surgery procedures, men are also using non-invasive treatments like Botox® cosmetic injections to help restore a more youthful appearance. Regardless of the motivation, what’s clear is that more men than ever are willing do whatever it takes to achieve the appearance they desire and that this trend is unlikely to go away any time soon. If you would like more information on facelift procedures, mini facelifts, eye lifts or other cosmetic surgery options, please contact me, Dr. David Whiteman at Southern Plastic Surgery today to schedule a consultation. You can also follow Southern Plastic Surgery on Facebook, Twitter & Google+ for more stories and updates.