Waxing, shaving, plucking, chemical depilatories, sugaring and threading. Just a few methods women use to remove unwanted body hair. All of these methods yield fairly short-lived results, wreak havoc on the skin, can be painful and in some cases, downright torturous. There is a more permanent and more comfortable alternative to these options. The alternative is laser hair removal, also known as intense pulsed light therapy.
Laser hair removal is one of the most of the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures in the United States, as reported by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. In their annual report, Plastic Surgery Statistics, they report that 1.1 million laser hair removal procedures were performed in 2015 and that laser hair removal is up 52 percent since 2000.
For many women, pregnancy can leave the body a little different from it was before baby. Stretch marks, changing shape and increased (and sometimes decreased) breast size are just some of the changes women go through during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Many women are looking to reduce the signs of pregnancy and give themselves a beauty boost post-partum by undergoing cosmetic and aesthetic procedures.
Members of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons report an increase in the number of women seeking post-partum procedures since 2005. On average, the increase has been roughly 10 percent per year, and popular procedures range from laser skin rejuvenation to breast augmentation and liposuction. Many women choose to combine these individual procedures in a package, commonly termed as the "mom job" or "mom makeover," in order to address their desired changes in one surgical swoop.
When it comes to the topic of breast augmentation, the first thing that comes to mind for many people is usually breast implant surgery or other cosmetic procedures to increase breast size. There is another common, but less popular, type of breast surgery, called the mammoplasty reduction, which is chosen by many women each year to reduce the size of their breasts and change their appearance. There were only 40,000 aesthetic breast reduction surgeries performed in the United States in 2015, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons’ 2015 Report, Plastic Surgery Statistics. This is compared to over 279,000 breast implant or other aesthetic augmentation surgeries that same year.
Mammaplasty reduction, also known simply as breast reduction, is a procedure that reduces that size of the breasts by removing excess tissue, fat and skin in order to give the patient a more proportioned look that is balanced with their frame. Patients with very large breasts and seek out the reduction procedure may do so because they feel self-conscious or are embarrassed about their appearance. They may also shy away from participating in some activities or avoid relationships because of their feelings about their breast size.
The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, upon compiling statistics for their 2013 annual report, made a note of a surprising trend in a particular cosmetic procedure. The ASAPS pointed out that the number of labiaplasty surgeries performed across the country that year had significantly increased – to the tune of 44 percent over the previous year. The number of procedures increased again in 2014 by 49 percent, and once again in 2015. The popularity of this procedure is increasing for a number of reasons with patients citing motivations based on aesthetics, function, and health.
Labiaplasty, also known as labia minora reduction, is a cosmetic procedure that surgically alters or contours the skin folds that surrounds the vulva. The procedure can also be done with a laser. This alteration can be performed on the labia minora, or inner fold or the labia majora, or outer fold.
Most people know Botox as a treatment used to reduce wrinkles. This popular, minimally invasive injection hit the modern market in 2002 as a way to regain a youthful appearance and reduce the signs of aging. In addition to its cosmetic use, Botox has been found to have some unexpected additional medical benefits. The treatment has been approved for several applications currently in use, with over 90 other application requests pending with the Food and Drug Administration.
Botox is formulated with a toxin found in the bacterium botulism. This bacterium is known as onabotulinum toxin a. Botox, originally called Onabotulinum, was utilized the 1960s by an ophthalmologist as a way to treat patients with crossed eyes. Botox worked for this common eye condition because it paralyzed the muscles that caused the eyes to cross and allowed eyes face forward.