But(t) of course - Americans are turning to cosmetic surgery for bootylicious bottoms.
Emerging data has shown that the incidence of Brazilian Butt Lifts increased by 16 percent in 2013. The numbers were crunched by the American Society of Plastic Surgery (ASPS), who noted that the procedure of injecting the buttocks with fat removed from other parts of the body reached nearly 10,000 cases.
The popularity of plastic surgery is showing no signs of waning, with a three percent increase across the board in 2013. More than 15 million cosmetic procedures were performed last year, with facelifts, neck lifts, and eyelid surgeries attracting the most attention. However, laser hair removal, nose jobs, and liposuction saw a slight drop compared to 2012 figures. "The demand for plastic surgery remains strong, with our statistics showing increases in both cosmetic surgical and minimally-invasive procedures," said Robert X. Murphy, MD, ASPS president. "Facial rejuvenation procedures were especially robust last year, with more Americans opting for facelifts, forehead lifts, eyelid surgery, fillers and peels. With new devices and products hitting the market each year, there are more options and choices available to consumers wanting to refresh their look or a little nip and tuck."
The most popular surgical procedure was breast implants, which rang in 290,000 cases - a once percent jump from the previous year. Additionally, breast reconstruction surgeries for breast cancer patients increased, as more survivors of the disease become aware of their cosmetic options. Breast reconstructions jumped by around four percent. "Less than 20% of breast cancer patients undergo breast reconstruction because they are not always informed of their options, although studies show that reconstruction greatly improves quality of life," said Dr. Murphy.
In second place was rhinoplasty, with 221,000 patients opting for nose jobs in 2013 - a high figure, though a nine percent drop from the previous year. Eyelid surgery was the third-most popular surgical option, with 216,000 cases and a six percent increase from 2012.
Of the cosmetic minimally-invasive procedures, Botox was far and away the most popular option. 6.3 million Botox injections were delivered last year, with ASPS noting a 700% jump in the procedure since 2000. The filler substance hyaluronic acid also had a banner year, with an 18 percent increase and 1.7 million injections performed.