The nationwide popularity of cosmetic surgery continues to rise, with liposuction consistently ranking in one of the top most frequently performed procedures. According to a recent release by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, more than 200,000 liposuction procedures were performed in 2014, a 5 percent rise from the previous year.
Why are more people choosing liposuction now than in previous years? Here's a closer look at four of the top reasons patients choose liposuction for improved body contours.
Complements Existing Healthy Lifestyle
Americans as a whole are becoming more health-conscious. As healthy diets and regular exercise become more popular among individuals regardless of gender or age, many men and women find that liposuction provides the ideal complement to their existing health concerns.
Liposuction can assist post-weight loss patients in fine-tuning their weight loss results for an added sense of accomplishment. The procedure can also help showcase a hidden six-pack, trim down a waistline or help reduce double chins.
Where diet and exercise may fall short, liposuction can complete the job. Many liposuction patients also feel that their results motivate them to maintain their slimmer figure by keeping up with their existing active and healthy habits.
Targets Specific Problem Spots
Regardless of lifestyle, we have very little control over where our bodies store fat. When it comes to disproportionate fat storage, targeting specific problem areas can be extremely challenging-if not impossible-with exercise alone. Plus, because everyone inherits genetic predispositions that can affect the ways our bodies store fat, what works for one person may not work for another. In particular, subcutaneous fat can persist in problem areas such as the love handles, upper arms, abdomen, thighs or under the chin.
Liposuction can be used virtually anywhere on the body, and can target areas with undesired or disproportionate amounts of fat for quick and reliable results. This allows patients to achieve a more proportionate body fat distribution and slimmer contours.
Improved Techniques Offer Superior Results
Liposuction is one of the longest performed cosmetic surgeries, dating back to the early 1900s. Throughout the years, liposuction techniques have continued to improve, offering patients better results with minimal risk involved. Today, liposuction techniques are better than ever.
Cutting edge technology makes it possible for surgeon to use tissue-selective ultrasound energy for better liposuction results, better targeting fat layers below the epidermis with minimal damage to the surrounding cells and tissue. Additionally, improved training and increased options mean that surgeons are better equipped with the skills and experience necessary to provide excellent liposuction outcomes.
More Patients Recognize that Cosmetic Surgery Is Becoming Mainstream
While cosmetic surgery was once reserved for the rich and famous, achieving your ideal look through surgical and nonsurgical procedures is now possible for people from many different walks of life. Cosmetic surgery is becoming more widely available as prices are now affordable for many, with or without the help of financing options, and the number of cosmetic surgeons per capita continues to rise.
As cosmetic surgery becomes more popular and accepted in the mainstream public, the stigma of going 'under the knife' is being lifted, with many patients openly promoting procedures that helped improve their appearance, self-confidence and overall quality of life. The benefits of many cosmetic procedures, including liposuction, are also touted as helping to advance patients' careers, improving emotional and psychological health, and motivating patients to care for themselves.