There was a new record set in the field of health care in 2012 - although it was vanity related more than health related.
The new record was in the field of plastic surgery where the number of people who underwent cosmetic procedures increased by 5% over the previous year with “more than 14.6 million procedures performed in total,” according to the Feb. 19, CNN News.
Since Sir Mix-A-Lot’s double platinum selling single “Baby Got Back,” younger generations, X and Y, have dominated the hallways of plastic surgery with their bust enhancing, butt rounding search for beauty.
But that is all changing according to the CNN report.
The report says that “For the first time in six years, “the number of people enhancing their breasts and plumping their buttocks is declining. The number of people lifting, injecting and lasering their faces is growing,”
Botox injection was the procedure used most in 2012 with more than 6.1 million injections performed of the “face-lifting” botulinum toxin. 2.2 million laser or IPL (Intense Pulse Light) treatments were performed, and close to 2 million people received injections of facial wrinkle-fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm.
Why the shift from the number of bootylicious procedures and Barbie-like breast enhancements to face-lifts?
The explanation appears to be that baby boomers are seeking “plumped cheeks and lifted necks” now more than the younger generations are procuring “the inflated busts and rounded behinds.”
CNN says the recent popularity in laser and other new procedures can be traced to two main causes.
“Technological advances” in laser surgeries and “daytime talk shows,” an outlet through which millions of viewers learn about the latest in cosmetic procedures.
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