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On average, how old are people who get cosmetic surgery?

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On average, how old are people who get cosmetic surgery?

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The average age of someone who has cosmetic surgery is 41. Younger people tend to have nose reshaping, known as rhinoplasty, breast enhancement, and liposuction. Older people have more facelifts, breast lifts, and eyelid surgery.

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What's the most popular cosmetic surgery for women?

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What's the most popular cosmetic surgery for women?

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Breast enhancement is the most common cosmetic surgery among women. Other popular cosmetic surgeries in women include liposuction, breast reduction, tummy tuck, and cosmetic eyelid surgery.

If you get breast implants, you’re likely to need more surgeries later.

If you get breast implants, you’re likely to need more surgeries later.

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Breast implants don't last forever. Women who get them are likely to need more surgeries to repair implant ruptures and take care of other complications, like breast pain, the FDA says. They may also decide they want adjustments of size, wrinkling or rippling, etc.

Breast implants make mammograms harder

Breast implants make mammograms harder

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Implants can hide some breast tissue from X-rays, making it harder to test for breast cancer. If you have implants, keep getting mammograms. Tell the people doing the test that you have them, and make sure the testers have experience doing mammograms on women with implants. 

 

They may need to do your test a different way, pushing the implant back against the chest and pulling breast tissue forward for a better view.

What's the most popular cosmetic surgery for men?

What's the most popular cosmetic surgery for men?

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Liposuction is the most common cosmetic surgery procedure performed on men. Other popular cosmetic surgeries for men include nose reshaping, cosmetic eyelid surgery, male breast reduction, and cosmetic ear surgery.

What percentage of cosmetic procedures are performed on men?

What percentage of cosmetic procedures are performed on men?

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Men had more than 750,000 cosmetic procedures in 2010, about 8% of all cosmetic surgeries (compared with 8.6 million for women). That may sound like a small percentage, but it represents an 88% jump since 1997.

A doctor must have special approval to perform cosmetic surgery in the U.S.

A doctor must have special approval to perform cosmetic surgery in the U.S.

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No special approval (the official term is "board certification") is required to perform cosmetic surgery in the United States. But it’s a good thing to look for in a surgeon. Make sure yours has the OK of  the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery.

You don’t have to stay in the hospital to have:

You don’t have to stay in the hospital to have:

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Many cosmetic surgery procedures can be done without you being admitted to the hospital. Occasionally, the surgeon may suggest an overnight stay. Patients should not stay alone for the first day or two after surgery.

Which usually takes longest to recover?

Which usually takes longest to recover?

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It tends to take longer to recover from cosmetic surgery procedures on the lower body. Recovery times are measured in weeks for thigh lifts (2 to 4 weeks) and lower body lifts (4 to 6 weeks). Lower body lifts -- intended to tighten loose, sagging skin in the buttocks, hips, and thighs -- can take up to eight hours to perform and are one of the most expensive cosmetic surgeries.

Cosmetic surgery can help people who suffer from very poor body image known as body dysmorphic disorder.

Cosmetic surgery can help people who suffer from very poor body image known as body dysmorphic disorder.

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Body dysmorphic disorder is a mental condition in which people can't stop worrying about minor or imagined physical flaws. Cosmetic surgery can be a problem,  because they are likely to be unhappy with the results and seek additional operations. Patients said to be addicted to cosmetic surgery are often suffering from body dysmorphic disorder.

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