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More Cosmetic Procedures Performed Than Ever Before.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the largest plastic surgery specialty organization in the world, cosmetic procedures in total were up 5% in 2012 as compared with 2011.  This increase was mostly comprised of increases in facial rejuvenation procedures, especially facelifts, eyelid surgeries and minimally-invasive fillers.  Why so much emphasis on the face in particular last year?  Perhaps the economic recovery and increase in consumer confidence has led to a desire to restore a youthful appearance and improve one’s aesthetic appeal and confidence as well.

Additionally, the workforce is no longer just a younger person’s game; older men and women are having to put off their retirement or enter the job market and compete with younger applicants, and believe that looking more youthful helps level the playing field.

This could also be the reason why people want to improve their facial appearance with minimally invasive rejuvenation methods like fillers (Botox, Juvederm, etc.) that require less down time than other more invasive procedures with longer recovery times.

Also of note: Female cosmetic breast surgeries such as breast augmentation and breast lifts as well as body contouring procedures (e.g., tummy tucks) were among the most popular aesthetic procedures provided in 2012, however treatment of male breast development (Gynecomastia) increased by 5%, the biggest increase over last year among both male and female breast procedures.  This may be largely attributed to a growing awareness and acceptance of these body contouring options.

In our office we have also seen significant increases in both the number of patients interested in cosmetic surgery as well as procedures performed as plastic surgery grows in popularity and as more folks take advantage of affordable financing options.  Our patients seek plastic surgery for a number of reasons, including the endeavor to restore a youthful and refreshed appearance, to look as good as they feel, while still maintaining a balanced and natural overall result.

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Shahram Salemy, MD, FACS

Dr. Salemy is an award-winning, ASPS Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon and member of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS) practicing in Seattle, WA. As Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Washington's School of Medicine, Department of Surgery, Division of Plastic Surgery and President of The Northwest Society of Plastic Surgeons, Dr. Shahram Salemy strives to advance the field and practice of plastic surgery for both his patients and his university students. Learn more about Dr. Shahram Salemy and his esteemed background.
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We have chosen not to display before and after photos of labiaplasties given the sensitive nature of this anatomy. However, we will be happy to show you before and after photos at your consultation so that you may see the kinds of results that are possible with this procedure.