The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that the top 5 most performed minimally invasive cosmetic procedures in 2012 were:

1. Botulinum Toxin Type A injections;
2. Soft tissue fillers;
3. Chemical peels;
4. Laser hair removal;
5. Microdermabrasion.

In the USA, the number of minimally invasive procedures performed in 2012 has grown 137% from 2000 and from 2011 to 2012 the number has grown 6%. In the US alone the performance of face rejuvenation procedures is valued at $1.8 billion per year whilst that of injectable is $2 billion per year.

The continual improvement of minimally invasive techniques across a range of procedures means that more and more procedures that once involved extensive surgery can now be performed quickly, safely and with little down time for the patient.

Dr Andre Berger explains that liposuction for example used to involve extensive surgery, general anaesthesia, long cuts and a lengthy recovery period. Advanced Liposuction however can be performed in a few hours whilst the patient is awake. There is no cutting involved, minimal bruising and minimal down time. Advanced body sculpting techniques use smaller instruments, involve very small skin punctures, do not require any stitches and leave no visible scarring.

Non-surgical facelifts are also becoming increasingly popular. These procedures were not possible a few years ago but as a result of rapid advances in techniques the options for the surgeon and their patient are growing quickly. These facelifts might involve fat transfer, dermal fillers or a combination of injectables and laser treatment.

Injectables and fillers are increasingly being used to remove facial lines and wrinkles, filling hollow cheeks and eyes, improving thinning lips and receding chins.

Non-surgical Rhinoplasty is also now possible. Here the surgeon uses soft tissue fillers to shape and redefine the nose.

For anyone considering liposuction, a facelift or another surgical procedure they should consult their surgeon regarding the possible use of these advanced but minimally invasive techniques. To find a surgeon near you who offers these procedures, visit the Plastic Surgery Hub directory.

Bruce

Bruce currently heads up a team of researchers and writers who are challenging the way people perceive plastic surgery, aiming to break down the stigma and judgments that still exist in the wider community. He also brings a male perspective to the discussions surrounding plastic surgery and in particular the growing trend for males to undergo procedures.

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