Over the past three or four decades following increased surgical procedures, advanced technology and social acceptance, cosmetic surgery has become less of an exclusive reserve for the wealthy and more of a privileged lifestyle choice among the wider public. For some, it is even an essential career choice with many top surgeons remarking that there isn’t a single soul in Hollywood who hasn’t gone under the knife at some stage despite most celebrities and movie stars swearing blind to the contrary.
According to the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) the United States is still by and large the biggest provider of top level cosmetic surgery with royals, celebrities and dignitaries from across the globe flying into New York and Beverly Hills for treatment. There were 13.1 million cosmetic procedures performed in the States last year worth a whopping $10.4 billion to the cosmetic surgery industry.
With the upsurge in wealth around global emerging markets and an increasing demand to dip into the fountain of youth offered by the magicians with a scalpel, we decided to break our own rules, and show case five of the top procedures for women in this article, and five of the top procedures for men in the next. Explore which ones are the most sought after and who are some of the top cosmetic surgeons performing them.
Top 5 Cosmetic Procedures for Women
1. Breast Augmentation
It’s no real surprise that breast augmentation continues to be the front runner in women’s cosmetic procedure of choice. As you are no doubt aware, breast augmentation involves enhancing the size and shape of the breasts, what isn’t such common knowledge as that there are various ways to achieve this, namely: saline or silicone implants (augmentation mammoplasty), breast lift (mastopexy) best for patients with sagging breasts, and finally fat injections. The latter is a form of non-surgical breast enhancement, although doctors maintain that surgical procedures remain the most reliable and consistent.
Specialist profile: Doctor Frederic H Corbin
Dr. Frederic H Corbin was coined “the breast expert” by People magazine, a moniker that the surgeon has used for self-promoting his specialist area of breast augmentation ever since. Although details of the plastic surgeon’s celebrity clients are very hush, hush it is hard to imagine that they go anywhere else if Dr. Corbin’s photo gallery is anything to go by. Dr. Corbin’s extensive experience of 25 years in the business has helped him amass a legacy of work that has featured heavily in the media including on the BBC, in Marie Claire and most notably on The Oprah Winfrey Show.
2. Nose Reshaping (Rhinoplasty)
No prizes for guessing what “nose reshaping” entails – that’s right, the reshaping of the nose. The medical term “rhinoplasty” comes, as so do many of cosmetic surgical medical terms, from the Greek language: rhis “nose” plassein “to shape”. It accounted for the second most procedures among women in 2011 and is regarded as the most difficult of all facial cosmetic procedures. Nose reshaping can be requested for a variety of reasons including: previous injuries leaving the nose asymmetrical, a deviated septum or other medical reason usually to do with ease of breathing, because the nose is too wide, nostrils are excessively flared or the tip is enlarged, crooked, thickened or droops.
Specialist profile: Samieh Rizk
Egyptian born Sameih Rizk was voted the Top Facial Plastic Surgeon 2011 by respected American healthcare research company Castle Connolly, and is one of a few double board-certified surgeons by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. A maiden rhinoplasty procedure often involves removal of tissue and cartilage which is notoriously difficult to correct if a patient is unhappy with the results, it is in this area of “reconstructive rhinoplasty” where Dr. Rizk specialises. He prides himself on minimally invasive endoscopic surgical techniques, natural results and rapid recovery times. He is also an active member and supporter of the face-to-face programme, a national non-profit organisation, which treats facial injuries in women who are victims of domestic violence.
3. Liposuction (Lipectomy)
Liposuction is the alternative to the rather more daunting road of a healthy balanced diet and a series of punishing training sessions in the gym. For a quick and easy fix to problems of tyres around the midriff, many women opt for the surgical option of removing fat deposits and redefining the contours of the body. A typical technique involves a laser or ultrasonic generator producing waves that breakdown the fat cells which are then removed via a tube known in the industry as a ‘cannula’. Granted, it doesn’t sound particularly pleasant but after a brisk recovery period most women aren’t complaining when they see the results in the mirror.
Specialist profile: The Cadogan Clinic
The Cadogan Clinic is overseen by Mr. Bryan Mayou who pioneered the procedure in the UK more than 30 years ago and remains a leading expert in the field. The purpose built clinic excels in soothing interior décor and top level consultancy care providing patients with ultimate pre and post-op comfort and relaxation. Liposuction procedures include the traditional method, SmartLipo MPX laser treatment and the elusive Bodyjet liposuction.This advanced method delivers pulses of saline fluids to gently dislodge the fat, so the need for forceful movement of the suction tube is eliminated, minimising bruising and reducing your recovery time.
4. Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
Similar in some respects to liposuction, a tummy tuck has a bit of a naughty reputation for being a gym diverting cheat. A tummy tuck involves removing excess skin (up to 50%!) and fat from the abdomen and tightening the underlying abdominal muscles. It is particularly popular among those who have recently lost weight or given birth. This technique will get rid of any nasty stretch marks or immovable belly bumps.
Specialist profile: The Harley Group
The Harley Group has a firm and long-standing reputation as one of the world’s leading cosmetic surgery groups. By continually improving and refining their services and monitoring innovations in surgical technology, the Harley Group are able to offer the most up-to-date and comprehensive range of procedures. The Harley Group tummy tuck takes around two hours and uses permanent stitches for incisions that are not externally visible meaning patients can be confident with a new flat tummy without any of the embarrassing tell-tale surgical signs. You can watch this short video from The Harley Group for more information.
5. Butt Lift
Due to the media frenzy over celebrity heinies in recent years, think J-Lo, Beyonce and, err, Kate Middleton, a number of women have been looking at ways to prop up their rear end. In fact buttock implants were up a staggering 43% in 2011 which if you compare to breast augmentation, a paltry 4%, it gives some indication into the current craze for the backside bulge. There are two different ways in which to give your buttocks a youthful and prominent perkiness: the Brazilian butt lift, which is a non-surgical fat transfer and butt implants, which involves the insertion of silicone. The choice between the two largely depends on your natural body shape and size.
Specialist profile: La Clinique
Where better to get your Brazilian butt lift than the country that spawned the craze? Of the numerous plastic surgeries dotted around Brazil, La Clinique is considered to be among the finest and also has clinics in Spain and the United States. La Clinique promises treatments to improve the contour of the buttocks creating a body silhouette.
Read on for the Top 5 Cosmetic Procedures for Men…