Orlando Plastic Surgeon Dr. George Pope Shares Recent ASPS Findings for 2011.

Dr. George Pope of Orlando responds to recent statistics released by ASPS. Dr. Pope is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a member of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons and The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

Online PR News – 26-February-2012 – – Orlando, FL – The newest indicators released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) show that plastic surgery procedures increased in 2011, up almost six percent from 2010.

The newly released numbers point to signs of a recovering economy, one that was severely battered in late 2008 and 2009, when plastic surgeries were at their absolute lowest since 2005’s peak in the industry, when surgical procedures topped 2.1 million.

According to the findings, Americans received 1.6 million cosmetic surgeries in 2011. This included nose jobs (rhinoplasty), facelifts, and, the number one procedure, breast augmentations, with 307,000 total surgeries performed by board-certified plastic surgeons. Eyelid surgery and liposuction were also some of the highest-ranking surgeries for 2011.

Dr. George Pope, ASPS member and board-certified plastic surgeon at Orlando Plastic Surgery Center, wasn’t surprised by the findings.

“2010 began the recovery, 2011 solidified it,” said Dr. Pope. “We saw an increase in all major surgeries mentioned in the reports at our practice in 2011.”

We saw an increase in all major surgeries mentioned in the reports at our practice in 2011.

However, there was one surgical procedure in particular that didn’t make the ASPS short list, and according to Dr. Pope, is increasing in popularity across the country.

“We saw a large amount of men coming into our practice for gynecomastia surgery—more than previous years,” said Dr. George Pope. “This surgery is getting more popular because of the life-changing social and psychological effects it has on men.”

Gynecomastia surgery corrects excessive breast tissue in men. “These men have tried everything before coming into our offices—dieting, exercise, you name it… Gynecomastia surgery in Orlando is often their only alternative.”

The report noted another surgery that was up in men—chin augmentation, up 71 percent since 2012.

Surgical procedures weren’t the only increases in 2011. Non-surgical procedures also reached new highs this past year. “People want to look and feel their best, especially when it comes to how they are viewed at their workplace,” said Dr. Pope. “Many of our patients opt for non-surgical procedures as a ‘quick-fix’ and an upper hand in this competitive job market.”

Approximately 12.2 million non-surgical procedures were performed in 2011, including:

• Botox (and similar) injections (5.7 million)
• Soft tissue fillers (1.9 million)
• Chemical peels (1.1 million)
• Laser hair removal (1.1 million)
• Microdermabrasion (900,000)

“Of course Botox is one of our most popular injectables, but Sculptra is also an injectable that we are seeing more requests for, and for good reason,” said Dr. Pope. “Sculptra is a facial injectable that replaces lost collagen, helping to fill in concave areas of the face and improve facial contours—our patients love the results. We recently had a seminar at the office that explained all of Sculptra’s benefits, and guests were able to see the entire procedure first hand in a live demonstration.”

According to the manufacturer, the results of Orlando Sculptra can last up to two years (compared to 4 months to other popular injectables like Botox). The results are gradual and they appear over time, in a more natural progression than other injectables.

Dr. Pope said that it is encouraging to see two consecutive years of steady growth for the plastic surgery industry. All point to an economy that is slowly, but surely, headed for recovery.

Most important during this time of increased surgery options, notes Dr. Pope, is selecting the right plastic surgeon. “Ask plenty of questions—a good surgeon will answer every single one—and make sure to see plenty of before and after photos. Most importantly, make sure that you are consulting with a board-certified plastic surgeon Orlando,” said Dr. Pope.

George H. Pope, M.D. is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a member of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons and The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Pope has practiced in Central Florida since 1988.

About Orlando Plastic Surgery Center: Orlando Plastic Surgery Center is regarded as one of Central Florida’s premier plastic surgery centers. Dr. George Pope is one of Central Florida’s most sought-after plastic surgeons (he was voted to the city’s list of best plastic surgeon by readers of Orlando Magazine three years in a row). Services range from Orlando rhinoplasty and nasal contouring, breast augmentation, eyelid surgery / blepharoplasty, revisionist surgery, and Orlando gynecomastia. Liposuction and tummy tuck surgeries are also offered. Dr. Pope and his staff also provide minimally invasive procedures such as laser skin resurfacing, Sculptra Aesthetics, Botox ® injections, Latisse, Juvederm, and Restylane®. Visit orlandoplasticsurgerycenter.com for more information and to read the company’s blog. Orlando Plastic Surgery Center can also be followed on Twitter and “liked” on Facebook.

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