In 2017 about 1.8 million cosmetic plastic surgeries were performed in the US, totaling more than $16 billion when combined with minimally invasive procedures, according to data released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Despite the prevalence and growing acceptance of plastic surgery, there are some things that may come as a shock to many people. For instance, some doctors use medical-grade leeches to treat gangrene in which the tissue dies due to insufficient blood flow after surgery.
* Medical grade leeches are sometimes used to treat postop complications.
Smoking causes poor healing by constricting the blood vessels that are supposed to bring the much-needed oxygen, leading to gangrene and other complications. This is where leeches come to the rescue.
Leech therapy has been around for 2,500 years. Its concept is fairly simple: Blood-sucking worms drain the old blood and thus improve circulation. Oftentimes, the unhealthy purplish tissue turns into healthy pink just after a few days of treatment.
- Today’s men are placing more attention on their appearance.
Last year more than 1.6 million cosmetic plastic surgeries were performed on US men, accounting for 13 percent of all the procedures. In addition, they had about 14 million minimally invasive treatments, with Botox and dermal fillers being the most common.
Meanwhile, South Korean men kick it up a notch. Not only they undergo plastic surgery to have a softer, more feminine face (juxtaposing it with their macho physique), they also consume 20 percent of the world’s cosmetics for men.
- Cosmetic surgery may motivate people to live healthier lives.
A recent study published by journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery has suggested that patients quit smoking or at least smoke less after their surgery. (Note: The vast majority of plastic surgeons require complete smoking cessation two weeks before and two weeks after the operation.)
In addition, several studies have suggested that tummy tuck patients who were previously obese were more successful in keeping a healthy weight compared to patients who skipped body contouring following massive weight loss. Some researchers concluded that the improved physique could serve as their motivation, while others attributed it to the reduction of belly fat, which is linked to the feeling of hunger.
- Selfies are driving plastic surgery’s boom.
Small surveys and anecdotal reports have pointed out a link between selfies and the growing popularity of facial plastic surgeries and non-surgical enhancements. Dermal fillers, Botox, chin augmentation, and rhinoplasty (nose job) are often mentioned by Selfie enthusiasts.