Chicago Plastic Surgery

Cosmetic Surgery


What are the Top Surgical Procedures?

Which Non-Surgical Procedures are people choosing?

What considerations should you be aware of when choosing cosmetic surgery?
With nearly 16 million procedures performed every year, cosmetic surgery has become a viable and popular choice for individuals seeking to improve their appearance and achieve a positive outlook on life. Every year, new practices and procedures are introduced that range from surgical to minimally-invasive in nature, opening up options that can reshape a body or a face and delivering a more attractive and youthful look.

Surgical Procedures

The top surgical procedures performed in North America each year include breast augmentation, nose reshaping, liposuction, eyelid surgery and facelifts.

Other often-performed cosmetic procedures that are surgical in nature include tummy tucks, arm lifts, breast lift surgery, buttock augmentation, gynecomastia surgery, rhinoplasty, facial implants, neck lifts, and thigh lifts.

There are four main areas on the body where surgeons perform cosmetic procedures.

• For the body, arm lifts, liposuction, a lower body lift, post-bariatric procedures and tummy tucks are the main procedures performed.

• For the head, nose reshaping (rhinoplasty), cheek and chin augmentation, ear surgery, eyelid surgery, facelifts, facial implants, hair transplants and forehead lifts remain the most performed surgeries.

• Breast procedures include breast augmentation or reduction, implants, lifts, and male breast reduction (also called gynecomastia).

• Fat injection is a surgical skin procedure used for buttock augmentation, for the lips, breasts, hands and face.
Choosing which procedure will benefit you the most while matching your personal goals is best arrived at with a personal consultation with your surgeon. He or she will know what is advisable, what is possible and what procedure will best achieve the look you are after.

Non-Surgical Procedures

The number one non-surgical, minimally-invasive cosmetic procedure performed in North America each year is Botulinum Toxin Type A, also known as Botox injections or Dysport. This is followed in popularity by soft tissue filler procedures such as collagen and hyaluronic acid treatments. Chemical peels and laser hair removal are growing in popularity as are IPL treatments (Intense Pulsed Light). Sclerotherapy as well as laser vein treatment round-out the most-performed non-surgical cosmetic procedures.


Cosmetic surgery is typically thought of as optional or elective and a way to improve overall appearance as well as reduce signs of aging. A person with a good mental outlook and reasonable expectations are the best candidates for cosmetic procedures as perfection should never be a stated goal; improvement, however, should be the standard by which success is measured.

The costs, risks and time to recover from a cosmetic procedure should be weighed against the benefits. Cosmetic procedures are usually not covered by insurance and there is risk to almost any medical treatment such as infection and unexpected bleeding. There are surgical procedures that take weeks and months to recover from and this recuperation period may negatively affect your lifestyle. Your doctor can explain these risks in greater detail for each procedure you are contemplating.

Cosmetic surgery is not a choice to be entered into lightly and requires both commitment and sacrifice on your part. Choosing the right surgeon and building a plan together that you both are comfortable with will go a long way towards achieving the outcome you desire.

For further information on the options you have available for specific treatments, choose one of the procedures on the menu to the right.