3 Trends in Cosmetic Surgery
According to TIME magazine, one of the hottest new trends in cosmetic surgery these days is adding fat, instead of removing it. This may surprise some women who have seen photo after photo of models being “Photoshopped” so that they can look super thin in the image. And there have recently been stories circulating online of already skinny supermodels having their pictures digitally adjusted to look even skinner.
So, maybe it’s a good thing that fuller bodies are becoming more in style. Of course, healthy bodies (on the inside) are the most desirable, and when you think about it, healthy bodies can come in many different shapes and sizes.
Along with fat injections, women are getting implants in other areas than the breasts and they’re making over their most personal parts. Let’s take a look at three new trends in cosmetic surgery that you might not know women are paying big money for these days.
1. Butt Augmentation
Statistics compiled by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery indicate that the biggest jump in cosmetic surgery procedures in 2014 was in butt augmentation. In 2014, a total of 21,446 people had butt augmentation surgery.
This is an estimated projection based on questionnaires that were collected from 786 practicing plastic surgeons, dermatologists, and otolaryngologists. President of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Dr. Michael Edwards, says that the spike may be due to the popularity of celebrities like Kim Kardashian and her bigger butt. Dr. Edwards does not see butt augmentation as a long-term trend, however.
One of the more surprising recent cosmetic surgery trends is labiaplasty, a procedure that reduces the size of, or repairs the appearance of, the labia minor, which is the inner labia of the female genitalia.
Last year, there was a 49% increase in labiaplasty procedures. The same Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Society data that showed an upward trend in butt augmentation indicated that 7,535 labiaplasty surgeries were done in 2014.
Dr. Edwards says that the rise in these procedures was probably due to the awareness that the surgery could even be performed. It is thought that many of the women who get labiaplasty do so because they feel uncomfortable with the “bulge” that may appear when they wear a swimsuit.
3. Face Fattening/ Face Grafting
While older cosmetic surgery trends like liposuction had women removing fat from the face, the third current trend has to do with adding fat to the face. Doctors say that many of their aging patients add back fat to their face, because their face has lost volume as they’ve gotten older.
Dr. Edwin Williams, President-Elect of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, reports that many plastic surgeons are just now learning why the process of adding back fat, or fat grafting, works. This volumetric restoration “reorganizes the elastic fibers under the skin, making the patient look more youthful,” says Dr. Sydney Coleman, a plastic surgeon in New York City.
These three trends in cosmetic surgery, combined with procedures that are still being done (like breast augmentation and liposuction under the chin), seem to show that many women are continuing to go to painful lengths to appear beautiful. Since 1997, the number of cosmetic surgery procedures in the United States has grown from 1.7 million to 10.6 million, at a cost of $12 billion.
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These 3 Trends Are Changing the Face of Plastic Surgery