Cosmetic Surgery FAQ

What is the recovery time needed after undergoing cosmetic surgery?

Recovery time varies substantially depending on the procedure. Click on the procedure button of this site and then choose the procedure desired for detailed information on that procedure including recovery time. Procedures detailed on this site include: abdominoplasty (tummy tuck); breast surgery; chemical peels; chin and cheek augmentation; dermabrasion; rhytidectomy (facelift); forehead lift; hair replacement; liposuction; otoplasty (ear surgery); and schlerotherapy (vein surgery).

How many people undergo cosmetic surgery each year?

Nearly 3.5 million cosmetic surgery procedures are performed each year.

How many men have cosmetic surgery?

Almost 700,000 cosmetic procedures are performed on men each year. And the number gets larger each year as men grow increasingly comfortable with the concept of cosmetic surgery for themselves.

What are the most popular procedures for men?

-  hair transplantation/restoration

-  chemical peel

-  liposuction

-  sclerotherapy (vein treatment)

-  eyelid surgery

At what age do most people have cosmetic surgery?

About one-third of cosmetic surgery patients are between 35 and 50. About 22 percent are 26 to 34, 18 percent are 25 and under and 27 percent are over 51.

What is the current medical consensus regarding the safety of silicone breast implants?

The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery and othermedical associations have put forth a great deal of research on the safetyof silicone breast implants. Most recently, the National Academy ofSciences' Institute of Medicine came to the following conclusions based onnew studies on silicone breast implant safety:

There is no evidence suggesting silicone used for breast implants are toxic to humans.

There is no established link between implants and a unique disease syndrome. Problems ascribed to implants generally involve symptoms that are nonspecific and common to the general population.

Breast cancer mortality is not higher in women who have implants. However, the presence of implants can make it difficult to detect cancer through mammography.

Women with breast implants are no more likely than the rest of the population to develop serious illnesses.

Provided by the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS)