3 Over-Hyped Cosmetic Surgeries that People Rarely Get

Anonymous_1 on 21 Mar 2011 at 12:00am

The vampire facelift got us thinking. Every time we read about the newest plastic surgery trend, we have to wonder, is this hype -- or are patients actually lining up to get this procedure?  

Based on newly-released ASPS data*, here are three headline-making surgeries that people really aren’t having – even though they make for great copy:  

  • No ifs, ands or butts: Only 806 buttock implant surgeries were performed in 2010. That’s nearly the same as 2009.  Not to be confused with theincreasingly popular butt lift, buttock implants place artificial implants in the, erm, posterior to enhance size and shape. They are positioned on top of or under the muscle.

The trendier Brazilian butt lift differs in that it involves removing fat from one area of the body and replacing it somewhere else.

Frankly, we think that the word “Brazilian” in front of butt lift is what helps explain its popularity: think Gisele.

  • Calf me a break!: A mere 418 people nationwide had calf implant surgery in 2010. This is actually up from the paltry 259 surgeries the year prior, but still insignificant when you look at the total number of cosmetic surgeries performed in 2010 overall, 1.6 million.

Pec implant photo galleryThe surgery involves inserting a solid, silicone shape into a pocket that overlies the calf muscle. This creates a bulkier, fuller appearance in the calf. For women, calf implants create a more contoured, natural-looking leg.

  • What did you ex-pec? Just 222 people got pectoral implant surgery in 2010, down from 2009 when 230 patients elected to pump it up. The implants are inserted into the chest to give the appearance of looking super-buff.

So is The Ahnold look out? If so, no one’s told Mickey Rourke, but it seems people are getting results the old-fashioned way – at the gym. 

On RealSelf, there’s only one review of pec surgery [which was positive and worth it], so those other 221 people – let’s hear how it went!

Butt implant photo: Richard Arabitg, MD

Calf implant photo: Barry DiBernardo, MD

* Source: ASPS, 2011