American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) recently release some plastic surgery trends in surgical and non-surgical procedures. If you had plastic surgery in the past year, you are among 15 million Americans in 2013. In fact, ASPS found the plastic surgery procedures have increased steadily for the past 4 years.

What about the non-surgical procedures? In 2013, Botox and Dysport accounted for 6.3 millions injections and soft tissue fillers accounted for 2.2 millions. I use Botox and Juvederm, respectively, in my office. Typically, Botox lasts about 3-4 months and Juvederm Ultra Plus XC lasts about one year.

One other interesting topics in plastic surgery trends in this report is silicone implants. As many of you know, silicone implants had been absent from the US market for over 20 years. Only about 6-7 years ago, they were approved by FDA and returned to US market. Since then it is becoming increasing popular. In fact, in 2013, 72% of patients chose silicone implants and only 28% chose saline implants. I think most people recognized the greater tissue similarity in softness and decreased incidence of rippling. Also, I feel as people get more familiar with the silicone implants, they become more comfortable and accepting. I certainly have a lot of very satisfied patients in breast augmentation.

Any comments and topics you would like to discuss? Please contact Dr. Chen at Plastic Surgery Institute of New Mexico.