Aging may be a fact of life, but the signs associated with it are not something people always take lightly. The signs of aging, especially in the face, can directly affect a person’s self-esteem. And that’s why… The demand for facial surgeries has steadily soared during the pandemic as well, as many people have had to see themselves on camera through the day now that remote workplaces have become the new normal. “Invasive plastic surgery is up 30%, year over year, from the pre-COVID year. Non-invasive treatments such as Botox, filler, and energy-based device treatments are up 50%,” said Doctor Stephen Mulholland, a Toronto-based cosmetic surgeon in an interview with the Toronto Sun. Dr. Mulholland helps clients who are looking to get a facelift in Toronto and other cosmetic surgeries. But what facial procedures are people getting done? Here are five of the most popular facial cosmetic surgeries: Facelift Procedures Given the procedure’s name, it’s understandable that a facelift is one of the most popular types of facial cosmetic surgery. A facelift is a procedure used to treat the signs of aging in the face, such as: Drooping brows Sagging Jowls Fine lines and wrinkles Sunken cheeks The procedure is done by making an incision, usually in a discreet area like behind the ear or hairline, and the underlying facial muscles and tissues are repositioned and tightened. The above skin is smoothed out and pulled tight, and any excess sagging skin is removed. Facelifts can be performed in the entire face or just in particular sections like the middle or lower portions to target areas like the cheeks or jowls. Blepharoplasty There’s no feeling more annoying than being called tired by somebody completely unprompted – Worse still if you’re not even feeling tired. Unfortunately, signs of aging around the eyes can make a person appear tired even when they’re not. The skin around the eyelids can droop, either on its own or due to a sinking brow line, causing a drowsy appearance in the eyes. In severe cases, the sagging skin can even begin to cause obstructed vision. Blepharoplasty is a procedure used to treat this condition, removing the excess eyelid skin and tightening the underlying muscles. Blepharoplasty can also treat lower eye cosmetic problems such as dark circles and puffy undereye bags. Dark circles are caused when the fat under the eyes is thin, leaving a hollow space, making the underlying muscles more readily visible and causing discoloration. Likewise, undereye bags occur when this hollow space fills with fluid and causes the area to expand, similar to a water balloon. With blepharoplasty, these excess skin and fluid are removed, and fat is repositioned in the area to cause a less tired appearance under the eyes. Double Chin Removal Often, when people think of liposuction, it is performed on the body, such as the stomach or love handles. But liposuction can be performed all over the body where stubborn fat resides, including the face. Double chin removal uses liposuction to remove the fat cells under the chin area, allowing for a smoother, tighter, and streamlined appearance of the chin and jaw. Double chins can form for several reasons, either from weight fluctuations, genetics, or aging. Even those in relatively fit conditions find that the stubborn fat cells under the chin remain, as it is a complex area to treat with exercise and diet alone. According to the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, roughly 68% of people claim to have at least some appearance of a double chin. Otoplasty While surgery for ear shape may not seem like it’s popular, it was actually the 5th most popular cosmetic plastic surgery men sought out in 2020. This type of surgery treats ears that stick out or are larger than a patient desires. Often negatively referred to as ‘dumbo ears,’ many patients feel the appearance grants them a less serious-looking appearance, hence its popularity. While it may seem like a slightly more obscure insecurity, otoplasty was the 5th most popular cosmetic surgery that men had performed in 2020. During an otoplasty procedure, incisions are made around the ears, and the required cartilage is reshaped and repositioned to the patient’s desired appearance. This is also a popular procedure for those who have sustained damage to their earlobes from items such as large jewelry like plugs or other piercings. Rhinoplasty Believe it or not, rhinoplasty (also known as the nose job) is the number one cosmetic plastic surgery performed on both men and women alike. The procedure was performed over 350,000 times in 2020 alone, topping other procedures such as breast implants and liposuction. So, what makes the nose job such a popular procedure? Cosmetically speaking, the nose is located smack dead in the centre of your face and sticking out further from your head than another other feature of your face. This makes the nose a literal focal point on your face. More than just looks, rhinoplasty is also used to treat very common breathing among people, known as a deviated septum. This is a condition that causes the septum (the wall that separates your nasal passageways) to lean or curve to one side, obstructing airflow through the nose.