Women use several different tactics to look more beautiful, sexy, and young. However, none of those tactics are as controversial as plastic surgery. Despite the constant controversy surrounding the topic, however, plastic surgery seems to be on the rise. According to the data released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), there were 17.5 million surgical and minimally invasive cosmetic procedures performed in the United States in 2017, a 2% increase from 2016.
The good news is that the science of plastic surgery is continuously evolving leading to better and more secure procedures. As a result, an increasing number of women are looking up to this alternative. Cosmetic surgery a personal choice, and there is nothing wrong with wanting to change the way you look by going under the knife (or a laser).
1. Breast Augmentation
Breast augmentation is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures for women. In 2017, there were 300,378 breast enhancement procedures, up 3% from 2016. Most women tend to want larger breasts, but that’s not the case always. The purpose of this procedure is to enhance the size of the breasts that best suits the patient’s other body proportions. As a result, the procedure may vary from person to person.
Usually, silicone or saline breast implants are used to increase the size and lift them up. However, the fat transfer procedure is getting more popular by the day. In this procedure, liposuction is used to remove excess fat from areas such as love handles, lower back, inner or outer thighs, or lower abdomen. The same fat is then used to increase the size of breasts.
2. Nose Reshaping
The nose reshaping or rhinoplasty is also prevalent as it directly concerns the appearance of a person. The most common purpose is to reshape the nose size that suits your facial balance. We are living in an age of selfie where looks matter a lot, especially for women. The surgery can also improve nose width at the bridge or in the size and position of the nostrils. It can also create noticeable humps or depressions on the bridge.
However, appearance is not the only reason behind its rising popularity. The procedure has also become quite affordable over the years. The nonsurgical alternatives that use fillers to straighten out the nose profile or create a more refined tip are also on the rise. Usually, doctors use cosmetic filters to make temporary or permanent changes to your nose. The temporary jobs can last anywhere from 3 months to 2 years. The procedure can readily fix curves, bumps, and lumps making your nose appear smaller and straighter.
3. Eyelid Rejuvenation
Eyelid rejuvenation or eyelid surgery, also known as “blepharoplasty” is fast gaining traction, especially among the women in their forties and fifties when the signs of aging become apparent. Approximately, 209,571 eyelid surgeries were carried out in 2017.
Your eyes are the most prominent feature of your facial structure. But, with aging, this feature can deteriorate. Usually, the surgery is meant to fix droopy or sagging upper eyelids, excess skin on the upper eyelids that interfere with your peripheral vision, and excess skin on the lower eyelids. The procedure takes a few hours. It also involves using general anesthesia.
4. Tummy Tucks
It is hard to find a woman who doesn’t want to look skinny. A prefect bikini figure is to die for. But, staying in shape is tough. The increasing amount of work-related pressure, extremely busy and demanding lifestyle, pregnancy, aging, and genetic causes can make it even more difficult to stay in shape. Maybe that’s why tummy tucks are up 2% from 2016 to 129,753 procedures in 2017.
Tummy tucks provide an excellent advantage for patients who are unable to shade the excess fat despite exercise and dieting. The procedure can make abdominal muscles firmer, improving your balance and core strength. It can also reduce the prevalence of stretch marks resulting in a smooth and blemish-free look. It tones and sculpts the midsection so that you can enjoy a sunny day at the beach wearing your favorite swimsuit.
5. Non Surgical Hair Removal
Nothing compromises your appearance like the unwanted hair on your body. Although most women try shaving, tweezing, or waxing to remove unwanted hair, sometimes these methods prove useless. It is no wonder 1.1 million people opted for this procedure in 2017.
In Non-Surgical Hair Removal process, laser beams are used to destroy the unwanted hair. It can be used to remove unwanted hair in nearly any area including face, leg, arm, underarm, and bikini line, except the eyelid or surrounding area. The most significant advantage is that lasers can selectively target dark and coarse hairs but leave the surrounding skin unharmed. However, you may need to repeat the procedure more than once to have a lasting effect.
6. Botulinum Toxin Type A
The last item on our list is perhaps the most popular one. Botulinum toxin type A is a nonsurgical cosmetic injection that temporarily reduces or eliminates facial fine lines and wrinkles. It is commonly known as Botox, Xeomin or Dysport. In 2017, nearly 7.23 million Botox procedures took place in the US.
Botulinum toxin type A is a neuromodulator which blocks the nerve signals to the muscles. Thus, your facial muscles stop relaxing and therefore it prevents wrinkles. It is also used to lift the corners of the mouth, smooth crow’s feet, and improve the appearance of dimples.
However, the effects of Botox are short-lived. It only prevents wrinkles if you get injections 2-3 times a year. The treatment is usually required between the ages of 30 to 40. However, young women are also using it to avoid facial wrinkles from an early age.
Every woman dreams of staying young and beautiful as long as possible. Cosmetic or plastic surgery offers one of the easiest ways to retain your beauty and youth. Hopefully, the above top trends will encourage you to think of this alternative in 2018. A word of caution though, not all cosmetic procedures are suitable for everyone. Consult a certified doctor and do your own research before going ahead with a procedure.