Though it might seem like you’re the only one considering cosmetic surgery among your friends, don’t worry – you’re not actually alone. RealSelf.com, the world’s largest online community for learning and sharing information about cosmetic surgery, has recently publicized the most popular cosmetic procedures of 2012 based on a whopping 52 million searches performed on their site just last year.

Top 10 Most Popular Cosmetic Procedures of 2012 Based on Search

Based on RealSelf.com’s search volume analysis, the public was most interested in the top 10 procedures below:

  1. Tummy tuck
  2. Breast implants
  3. Breast augmentations
  4. Rhinoplasty
  5. Brazilian Butt Lift
  6. Botox
  7. CoolSculpting® (a non-invasive liposuction treatment)
  8. Breast reduction
  9. Cellulaze
  10. Liposuction

According to Alicia Nakamoto, VP of Community at Realself.com, this year’s list shows that cosmetic surgery is becoming a more mainstream choice among consumers.

“Along with the other treatments on our 2012 list, our audience’s interest doesn’t just convey curiosity – it’s about intent, action and feeling confident.”

Top 3 “Breakout” Procedures of 2012

With new procedures always on the horizon, the demand for cosmetic surgery continues to evolve each year. In addition to analyzing the top searches of 2012, RealSelf also captured less known treatments that were on the rise.

Here’s what they found:

  1. Cellulaze™ (search volume was up 32%, with a total of 1.25 million searches) – Cellulaze is a minimally invasive laser-based procedure FDA-approved in 2011 to treat cellulite.
  2. Butt augmentation (search volume was up 28%) – Butt augmentation can be performed using implants or fat transfer (known as a Brazilian butt lift).
  3. Labiaplasty (search volume was up 22%) – Performed for both cosmetic and hygienic reasons, a labiaplasty involves surgically altering the size or shape of the labia.

Why You Should Use RealSelf.com

If you’re in the beginning phases of research, Realself.com is a great resource. In addition to reading thousands of first-hand patient experiences, you can also get advice from experts around the world, view before and after photos and get a better idea of how much your procedure will cost.

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