Cosmetic procedures and cosmetic treatment options

As a culture, we are growing increasingly fixated on altering our appearances through eitherplastic surgery or cosmetic procedures of some kind. In fact, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), in 2009 more than 310,000 women had their breasts augmented and 283,735 had liposuction performed. Add in the 2.5 million who had Botox injections and 1.3 million who used hyaluronic fillers like Juvederm and Restylane and it’s clear that this is no passing trend — even though as a nation we’re struggling with our finances! According to the ASAPS, despite the fact that the economy is floundering, in 2009 overall demand for procedures only dropped 2 percent over the previous year. And, as science continues to advance and more and more procedures become non-invasive, quick fixes with little-to-no downtime, the numbers are bound to increase.

See the 5 plastic surgeries and cosmetic procedures you didn’t know existed.

Take something like Botox which has only been approved by the FDA for cosmetic purposes since 1992 — in 18 short years it’s become completely mainstream and common place with millions of people having it injected at med spas on their lunch break. Incredible.

But, for every cosmetic procedure that becomes a household name, there are many that come and go without notice from the masses. Curious about processes that might be flying under the radar now? Well, we did some research to uncover what people are having done that you may not have known was an option.

From having semi-permanent mascara applied to freezing your fat away, take a look atthese five procedures and see what you think. Would you ever try them?

What it is: Developed at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, it is the first non-invasive procedure approved by the FDA to reduce fat using cryolipolysis, a process that freezes fat cells.

How it’s done: Using a patented device, a target area (like love handles) is sandwiched between two cooling panels. For up to three hours the patient lies on their side while the panels freeze the fat cells. Afterwards, the “patient’s body goes to work” and over the next two to four months, the crystallized fat cells break down, begin to shrink, disappear then are completely eliminated from the body naturally. Results are permanent if you keep the fat off by regularly exercising and by eating healthfully.

Downtime: Zero. The procedure is non-invasive so patients can resume normal activities immediately.