In an ever-changing world, we have the ability to change what we do and don’t like about our physical appearance and many Americans are taking advantage of all that cosmetic plastic surgery has to offer. In the 2017 Plastic Surgery Statistics Report, The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reported that 1.7 million cosmetic surgical procedures were performed in the United States. But who is having what done and why? Some of the best plastic surgeons from around the nation weigh in on the top three cosmetic surgical procedures of 2017. Find out more about what the procedure accomplishes, what you can expect to pay, and how satisfied patients are after undergoing surgery.
Top Procedures in the United States for 2017
- Breast Augmentation: 300,378
- Liposuction: 246,354
- Nose Reshaping: 218,924
Breast Augmentation: Satisfaction Ratings and More
Women who want to increase the fullness and projection of their breasts and achieve a more proportionate look to their body can benefit from a breast augmentation. The average cost of breast augmentation surgery is $3,824, according to 2018 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, but that price tag doesn’t include the type of breast implants used, anesthesia, operating room facilities or other related expenses, surgeon’s fees, or geographic office location. The total amount could be anywhere from $3,500-$9,200 depending on what you choose. A lot of plastic surgeons don’t expect you to pay the whole thing upfront and can create an individualized financing plan for you.
Typical recovery from a breast augmentation takes about a week. The best plastic surgeon will spend ample time with you evaluating your goals and expectations for a breast augmentation. In McKinney, TX, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Naveen Setty explains what a typical breast augmentation consultation at his office entails:
“I sit down with them, talk to them, find out their reasons for doing this and what their goals are. Then after we’ve taken pictures and I’ve examined them, I go through a full presentation on the pros and cons of getting a breast augmentation, the different kinds of implant choices, incision locations, where we put the implants, and why we put them there. We talk about the risks involved and the recovery. It’s one of our longer consultations because of all the education and detail that’s involved.”
The three breast implant types currently available are silicone gel implants, saline implants, and IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants. No matter which implant type you choose, breast augmentation satisfaction ratings are some of the highest on Realself.com, with 98% of patients saying their breast augmentation was “worth it”. Breast augmentation patients on Realself.com say they “couldn’t be happier”, are “extremely satisfied”, and “VERY VERY happy with the outcome” of their surgeries.
Sculpt Your Body with Liposuction from the Best Plastic Surgeon
Men and women who are tired of stubborn fat pockets that just won’t go away can improve their body contours with liposuction. “When I do liposuction I take it very seriously,” says Beverly Hills-based board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Vishal Kapoor. “With the power assisted cannula [a thin medical wand] the actual machine provides vibrations . . . so it actually mechanically breaks up the fat . . . in terms of end results I think they’re better because there’s less surgeon fatigue, it’s much easier to extract fat in difficult areas, and it also minimizes bruising because there’s less in and out with the cannula. With one pass you can more efficiently extract more fat cells than with a non-power assisted cannula.”
The #2 procedure in 2017, liposuction carries a $3,000-$5,500 price tag, significantly less than the total most patients pay for a breast augmentation. Satisfaction among liposuction patients is also high, with 88% of patients saying this procedure was “worth it” on Realself.com.
“Ever since I was 15…yes 15, I have wanted lipo of my inner and outer thighs. I have always been self conscious of my upper legs, avoiding shorts or tight pants that accentuate the obvious. Over the years I have been to consultations but never decided on a doctor. After having 2 kids . . . I decided it was time for action. . . I only wish I made this choice years ago . . . ” – Realself.com review from sapplesmith
Reshaping Your Nose Can Restore Your Confidence
The third most popular cosmetic surgical procedure in 2017 was nose reshaping, also known as rhinoplasty. A rhinoplasty can perfect the proportions of your nose, correct impaired breathing caused by structural defects, get rid of visible humps on the bridge of your nose, reshape your nasal tip or nostrils, and provide more nasal symmetry. On Realself.com, 92% of patients say their nose reshaping procedure was “worth it”. The typical cost for nose surgery averages $7,300 according to reviews on RealSelf.com.
The best plastic surgeon should be able to tell you what they can and can’t do for your nose and face, and help you set realistic expectations. In Dallas, TX, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Gregg Anigian says, “Listening and asking questions is what I do. When the expectations that you, the patient wants, and the result that I think I can get mesh together, is when I think we both become comfortable with proceeding.”
One patient of San Antonio board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Constance Barone said they were, “amazed and over joyed” with the results of their rhinoplasty. Another patient of Beverly Hills-based board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. John Diaz says her “dorsal hump and slightly bulbous droopy tip” just didn’t match the rest of the delicate features on her face and she “could not be more pleased” with the results from her rhinoplasty.
Picking the Right Surgeon for Your Procedure
Whether you choose to have a rhinoplasty, liposuction, or a breast augmentation, satisfaction during and after surgery can be greatly impacted based on the plastic surgeon you choose.
Newport Beach-based board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Larry Nichter says, “The most important decision you can make is to pick your surgeon.” You deserve a surgeon who can help you feel beautiful about yourself and every aspect of your body. It’s imperative that before you have any kind of cosmetic surgery, you pick a surgeon who is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and also someone with whom you feel comfortable.
“For the few patients that just don’t want to travel and want to go to somebody local I think board-certification is always at the top of the list,” says Newport Beach board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jed Horowitz. “At least it’s a starting point to make sure your doctor has had appropriate training and has gone through appropriate testing to make sure that they have the correct information, the ability and the skill sets to do the correct operation. The next thing of course is experience, because with time and experience, most doctors get better at what they do.”
The best plastic surgeons should communicate clearly with you, educate you about your choices during every step of the plastic surgery process, and provide you with compassionate, quality care from start to finish.
After Plastic Surgery Most Patients Enjoy a Boost in Self-Esteem
Cosmetic plastic surgery is not for everyone, but in a recent study by the University of Basel:
“the vast majority of patients who undergo procedures report that they “felt healthier, were less anxious, had developed more self-esteem and felt more attractive.” Because having a positive association with self-imagine, higher confidence, and healthy self-esteem are linked to an increased level of happiness and life satisfaction, it is by no means a stretch to suggest that high quality cosmetic procedures can improve someone’s life.”
Change your life today! To find a board-certified plastic surgeon in your area, go to www.abplasticsurgery.org. For more patient reviews on specific cosmetic surgical procedures, including breast augmentation satisfaction ratings, visit www.realself.com.