Sure, you can achieve great results through diet and exercise, but for those who are looking for a specific look, are genetically unable or are simply tired of waiting to get the body they want, then cosmetic enhancements in the form of implants are the answer. And there are a lot of people getting it done. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) reported men and women in the U.S. spent nearly $13.2 billion on cosmetic procedures last year.
Here's a look at four of the most frequently requested cosmetic implant procedures, according to the ASAPS:
- Pectoral implants: The objective is to give the chest a more muscled look.
- Calf implants. Helps to provide balance, contour and size to calf muscles.
- Bicep implants: This procedure is used to bulk up the appearance of the bicep muscles to give the look of having been in the gym for hours working out the bicep muscles.
- Buttock implants (gluteal). This procedure helps those who wish to enhance the appearance, size and definition of gluteal muscles in the buttocks area.
Getting it done
Plastic surgery is not as simple as picking a name out of a phone book, or certainly, it shouldn't be. Experts at the Mayo Clinic recommend selecting a surgeon who is experienced in the specific cosmetic procedure and has been certified in his or her specialty by an appropriate board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties. Also, understand that all referrals are not equal. Seek recommendations from people you trust, such as your family doctor or a friend who has had a successful procedure performed.
Getting back to the gym
When can you go back to exercising? The answer to this question really depends on the type of surgery, according to the ASAPS. It can be as early as a few days, and as long as 2 to 4 weeks.
Top 5 surgical procedures for women
1. Breast augmentation
3. Eyelid surgery
5. Breast reduction.
Top 5 surgical procedures for men
2. Eyelid surgery
4. Breast reduction
5. Hair transplantation
For more information visit the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.