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2013 Cutting Edge Plastic Surgery Trends


Through 14 years of experience in the design, manufacture and retail of specialty garments, ClearPoint Medical has been expanding and innovating its selection of compression garments side by side with innovations and trends in cosmetic and plastic surgery and the market’s expanding demographic reach.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) reports in its latest survey that during the 12 years from 2000 to 2011 total cosmetic procedures increased 87 percent for minimally invasive procedures. While rates vary significantly for each type of procedure, many types for which surgeons prescribe compression garments rank among the major growth trends. These procedures include breast augmentations and tummy tucks; upper arm, lower body, buttock and thigh sculpting.

Moreover, with ongoing innovations in surgical techniques and instruments, rates of patient satisfaction have been trending measurably higher. The improvement is evident, for example, in rates of breast augmentation—by fat grafting and implants—augmentations rose from 212,500 in the year 2000, to 286,274 in 2012.

The trend in tucks and lifts also stands out, showing dramatic growth in the demand for surgeries once popularly viewed as foremost symbols of wealth and celebrity status. As reported by the ASPS, the total number of tummy tucks and upper and lower body lifts was almost 100 percent more than in 2000.

Moreover, propelled by new 3-D photographic imaging technology, patients’ forward-looking expectations are currently trending even higher. Digital imaging is making a set of personal 360-degree virtual simulations of the remolded body the new clinical norm in pre-surgical preparations. Appealing to surgeons and patients alike, the medical field is rapidly adopting the technology.

Complementing the medical trend, ClearPoint Medical’s online product galleries invite shoppers into an immersive experience. In addition to clicking on any product heading for complete details, shoppers need just to place the mouse pointer on the live-model photograph accompanying each product description to magnify areas of the photograph for up-close viewing. We also recognize that an expanding and diversifying market requires our selections reflect the breadth and depth of the market, as well as patients’ high expectations of compression garments to aid without restricting freedom of movement.


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