Botox Tops Minimally-Invasive Cosmetic Surgery Options

Billions of dollars were spent on cosmetic plastic surgery just last year. This only shows a constantly growing market for body improvement and that the industry has maintained its huge following throughout the years. 

Whether it be invasive or minimally-invasive procedures, it can be readily gleaned that people are willing to spend to achieve their physical best. Interesting to note was how tried-and-tested procedures topped the list. 

For minimally-invasive procedures, on the number one spot were wrinkle treatment injections via Botox with an aggregate record of 7 million procedures in the country.

Botox, anyone?

Botox injections are the best known of a group of medications that use various forms of botulinum toxin to temporarily paralyze muscle activity. This toxin is produced by the microbe that causes botulism, a type of food poisoning.  Botox injections are noted primarily for the ability to reduce the appearance of some facial wrinkles. They are also used to treat such problems as repetitive neck spasms (cervical dystonia), excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis), overactive bladder and lazy eye. Botox injections may also help prevent chronic migraines in some people. (Source)

Some Statistics for One and All

According to statistics released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), rounding up the top five minimally-invasive procedures aside from Botox were the following procedures:
  • Hyaluronic acid fillers (2 million procedures);
  • Chemical peel (1.3 million procedures);
  • Microdermabrasion (775,014 procedures); and
  • Laser treatments (656,781 procedures).
For invasive procedures, topping the list was breast augmentation (290,467 procedures); followed by liposuction (235, 237 procedures); nose reshaping (223,018 procedures); and buttock augmentation (18, 489 procedures). 

All these put together account for more than $16 billion in revenue. Given the massive following, the ASPS reminds the public to continue being critical with what procedures to undergo as well as make a thorough background check of those that will perform them just to be on the safe side. 

“The most important consideration for patients should be choosing a board-certified, ASPS-member surgeon,” said ASPS President Debra Johnson, MD. “Before you undergo any procedure, make sure you’re putting yourself in the hands of only the most qualified and highly trained plastic surgeons. The cost of any procedure is not nearly as important as doing your homework and selecting a surgeon whose primary focus is your safety.” (Source) 

Projections for 2017 remain rosy for the cosmetic improvement industry. While there has been a slight downtick in breast augmentation due to many reports linking it to certain forms of cancer, it has not hampered other procedures from gaining traction. 

Minimally-invasive procedures like Botox remain a popular choice given its relatively affordable cost, slight use of needles, and shorter time for recuperation.  To know more about your options, talk to Dr Martin Huang, one of Singapore’s finest plastic surgeons.