Less common procedures less common than thought

July 29, 2009

The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery announces the results of its 2009 Less Common Cosmetic Procedures consumer survey. While the media has coined these cosmetic procedures as 'fringe' and made it seem that they are in high demand, it is important to clarify the facts. The results reveal that less common cosmetic procedures are generally over-hyped and over-analyzed.

According to survey results, procedures such as bicep or tricep implants, calf implants, buttock implants, lip implants, penile enlargement and vaginal rejuvenation are performed significantly less than other cosmetic procedures. Only 1.6% of respondents reported ever having a less common cosmetic procedure. That number is significantly small and lacks the evidence of a growing trend. When respondents were asked to report what kind of less common procedure they had performed, the most common response was eyelash restoration (42.9%) and bicep or tricep implants (28.6%).

"This survey highlights that even though there has been increased attention on these procedures, the numbers prove that the trend is minimal at this point in time," said Dr. Patrick McMenamin, MD, President of the AACS. Although 'fringe' procedures are underperformed, safety still needs to be a priority.

When asked about concerns regarding less common cosmetic procedures, the majority of respondents
indicated they were most concerned about safety (88.8%) and cost (81.8%).

Source: American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery

Explore further: Cosmetic eye enhancer leads to disfigurement when not injected deeply

Related Stories

Millennials' medspa influence

June 24, 2008

[B]Women ages 18-34 are empowering the medical spa trend but doing little to advocate their own safety within the facility[/B] The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery has released its results from a consumer survey asking ...

Recommended for you

How the finch changes its tune

August 3, 2015

Like top musicians, songbirds train from a young age to weed out errors and trim variability from their songs, ultimately becoming consistent and reliable performers. But as with human musicians, even the best are not machines. ...

Machine Translates Thoughts into Speech in Real Time

December 21, 2009

(PhysOrg.com) -- By implanting an electrode into the brain of a person with locked-in syndrome, scientists have demonstrated how to wirelessly transmit neural signals to a speech synthesizer. The "thought-to-speech" process ...

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.