The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery or ASAPS (we’ll take an abbreviation any day), is one of the leading professional organizations for Plastic Surgeons who specialize in cosmetic plastic surgery. It has over 2,600 members in the U.S., Canada, and many other countries around the world and remains at the forefront of innovation in aesthetic plastic surgery. ASAPS’ mission statement is simple and is certainly one ICLS can stand behind.
Its purpose is to: “advance the science, art, and safe practice of aesthetic plastic surgery among qualified plastic surgeons through support and direction of medical education and research, sponsorship of scientific meetings and dissemination of information on current aesthetic surgical techniques; to promote and encourage the highest standards of ethical conduct and responsible patient care among aesthetic plastic surgeons; to serve the public interest by providing accurate and timely information regarding aesthetic plastic surgery and promoting patient safety; and to advance the medical profession and assure that aesthetic surgery maintains its proper place within the specialty of plastic surgery.” Quite a mouthful indeed! It is safe to say however, that female plastic surgeon Dr. Julie Khanna appreciates an organization that strives to be the best in its field through education and safety. Dr. Khanna has been a member for more years than we can count and is always keen to keep up to date with their latest published material.
Most recently ASAPS released the Cosmetic Surgery Statistics for 2012. These statistics revealed many new trends that may be of interest to you, if you have had cosmetic surgery or are thinking about a procedure in the future. The first notable trend didn’t really come as a surprise to Dr. Khanna. Breast Augmentation has regained its status in 2012 as the leading surgical procedure. The report speculates that this may be partly due to the return of silicone gel implants to the market in 2006. For those of you who do not know, Dr. Julie Khanna was actively involved in the lifting of the 13–year moratorium on silicone breast implants in 2006. She also played an instrumental role in achieving the approval for silicone implants initially in 1999, and was the first doctor to use cohesive gel implants for primary augmentation in Canada.
Women have traditionally favored silicone because of its more natural look and feel. There were 369,928 breast augmentations performed in 2012 compared with 316,848 in 2011. Secondly, facelift procedures went from 116,086 procedures in 2011 to 119,006 procedures in 2012. This growth is especially significant when you consider the huge proliferation of non-invasive procedures such as injectables like Selphyl® or Restylane®, laser procedures such as E2 – EMATRIX™; and skin tightening procedures such as Thermage®. Among these non-invasive procedures Botox® is still the leader of the pack, skyrocketing from 2,619,739 procedures in 2011 to 3,257,913 procedures in 2012. This comes as no surprise since maintaining a natural, yet youthful appearance is one of the strongest motivators for seeking treatment. Also, with celebrities and everyday women being more open and honest about their use of Botox®, it has encouraged a brand new demographic of men and women to seek treatment.
Speaking of men, there has been a significant and visible increase in men seeking treatment for unwanted fat, and anti-aging concerns. ASAPS explains that one of the chief procedures that has increased among men is Gynecomastia (male breast reduction). With ASAPS noting significant growth, from 17,645 procedures in 2011 to 22,736 in 2012.
Lastly, with the growing phenomenon of bariatric surgery and the skin laxity that typically accompanies dramatic weight loss, body contouring surgery shows steady growth. Lower body lift rose from 9175 to 10,119, abdominoplasty rose from 149,410 surgeries in 2011 to 156,508 surgeries in 2012, upper arm lift rose from 18,709 to 22,969 and thigh lift from 13,878 to 16,517. Dr. Khanna is heavily invested in her post dramatic weight lift patients. She recently spoke at the Credit Valley Clinic to a group who had recently undergone bariatric surgery. She was there to answer all of the many questions they had about addressing their concerns following their impressive weight loss. In addition, Dr. Khanna’s right hand woman, Brenda speaks to patients from first-hand knowledge and experience. She herself has been through the post dramatic weight loss surgical journey with Dr. Khanna and remains a valuable resource for our patients. Click here to read Brenda’s most recent guest blog!