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According to ASPS (American Society of Plastic Surgery), there were 15.9 million procedures done in 2015. That’s an increase of 2% over 2014. The majority of procedures were done on 40-49 year olds, who make up 49% of procedures done.

To break it down even further, of those 15.9 million; 1.2 million were cosmetic surgical procedures and 14.2 million were minimally invasive procedures.

The top 5 surgical procedures performed in the US:

  • breast augmentation
  • liposuction,
  • rhinoplasty (nose reconstruction)
  • eyelid surgery
  • tummy tuck

The top 5 minimally-invasive procedures:

  • botox
  • soft-tissue fillers
  • chemical peel
  • laser hair removal
  • microdermabrasion

I know some people will say it is crazy to get something done to alter your appearance. Before you start thinking that people should have been happy with the body they were born with, I’d like to talk about braces. Braces aren’t considered a plastic surgery, but it is cosmetic. It is also something that can alter the way a person looks and feels. We do this to our kids before they can even make a legal choice about altering their appearance. I know braces are not the same as a surgical procedure, but I hope you will agree that it is a slippery slope. Have you had braces or seen someone who has? That’s an elective procedure that alters a person’s appearance.

I used to have views on cosmetic surgery. I thought I would never be able to afford it, or that it was only for people with a lot of money or needed it for reconstruction (like after a mastectomy or for a congenital deformity like cleft palate). Times have changed for me since I am getting older and it is much more mainstream to get a little work done. I went through my 30s telling people if we hit the lottery that I would get a breast augmentation, as a joke. We didn’t hit the lottery, but we did come into some money the year I turned 40. I made up my mind right then to quit joking about it and actually do it! I did a lot of research and found a great doctor. He wasn’t cheap, but he had a good reputation, even among professionals I work with.

I am six months post breast augmentation

The same time I was recovering from my procedure, another woman I know was having hers done. Her situation was a little different from me since she had a complete mastectomy after being diagnosed with breast cancer. She got breast augmentation to look more like her old self. Her procedure went as smooth as mine did and she admitted to being relieved augmentation was an option for her. I am really glad it was an option for both of us.

I am kicking myself for waiting so long to get my procedure done. It feels like this size (DD) has been mine forever. I know I look better with bigger breasts and most importantly I feel better about the way I look. Of the few people I have told, most have most replied that they wished they could get something done. The days of having implants feel hard, fake, and obvious are over, today we have loads of options. I went into my consultation thinking I knew exactly what I wanted. I am so glad I took my doctors advise and went with textured saline implants. I am surprised at how real they feel.

Sclerotherapy (spider vein treatment) is another procedure I had done this year. Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure. Honestly, I feel much different about this procedure even though it was “minimally invasive”. This procedure was done while I was awake and hurt so much I only went in for one treatment. I was suppose to have three treatments. Not only was this treatment very unpleasant, but I had a much longer recovery then I initially thought I would. I could walk and function, but I was so bruised for weeks and I had to wear compression stockings. This was not a good look. It did take care of some of my spider veins and they disappeared completely, but five months later I still have some small bruises. I doubt I will subject myself to this again, but I might try a laser procedure or something less painful if it becomes available.

I am pro cosmetic surgery.

I think there are definitely people that take it too far, but I could see how it would be easy to get carried away. Although I never thought about getting any more procedures, my recovery went so smooth I would do it again if I had to. I would seriously consider botox or maybe a chemical peel if our finances would allow it. My face is showing my age a little more everyday, unfortunately. Luckily, I live in a time when I can actually do something about the way I look..

If you could have any elective cosmetic surgery, would you? What would you do?

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