Wednesday, 16 April, 2008 10:54 AM
Getting Beach Ready
Calls for More Than Hitting the Gym
Women and Men Use Downtime in the Spring to Receive Cosmetic Surgery
BY JASON RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com
are laying out to get a tan in Los Angeles.
CHICAGO -- As
the summer months approach, so does the desire to look good in that
swimsuit. Many Americans these days are choosing to receive cosmetic
surgery in early spring in order to ready themselves for the beach.
"Spring is definitely
the peak activity for liposuction. Patients know that it takes weeks
and months for the swelling to resolve and plan their procedures
accordingly," said AACS President, Steven Hopping, M.D., of
"There is always
an upswing with breast augmentation in the spring," said Angelo
Cuzalina, M.D., D.D.S, an AACS Trustee from Tulsa. "It begins
with college students during spring break and steadily increases
through early May for women of all ages. Liposuction is also a highly
sought out procedure at the beginning of April, year after year."
Additionally, the average
age of women who are receiving these beach ready procedures is increasing.
According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery 2007 Procedural
Survey, since 2002 the mean age of patients seeking the top ten
most performed invasive procedures has increased by two years. The
average age of a female patient receiving liposuction has increased
by three years to 41, while breast augmentation has increased by
two years now up to 33. "People want to look the age that they
feel, especially at the beach," adds Cuzalina.
This trend does not
just include women. Men are opting to get such procedures as sclerotherapy,
the removal of spider veins, in order to show off their summer legs.
Male sclerotherapy has increased by 226% since 2002, proving that
men are becoming just as aware of what they look like in a swimsuit
the summer months, sclerotherapy is a popular procedure for men
and women," said Dee Anna Glaser, M.D., an AACS Trustee from
St. Louis. "Laser hair removal is also something people want
done before the summer tan season."
The American Academy
of Cosmetic Surgery is a professional medical society whose members
are dedicated to patient safety and physician education in cosmetic
surgery. Most members of the AACS are dermatologic surgeons, facial
plastic surgeons, head and neck surgeons, general surgeons, oral
and maxillofacial surgeons, plastic surgeons, or ocular plastic
surgeons -- all of whom specialize in cosmetic surgery. AACS is
an organization that represents all cosmetic surgeons in the American
Medical Association through its seat in the AMA House of Delegates.
Source: American Academy
of Cosmetic Surgery