While this is an article on plastic and cosmetic surgery trends in 2015, it is also an article that would have seemed unimaginable ten, or even five, years ago. Why? Ten years ago, plastic surgery was something not really discussed or spoken about except in certain Hollywood or “rich housewives” circles, or when discussing reconstructive efforts for trauma victims. It was socially unacceptable to admit to having “work done” and it was common to talk about those who were suspected of having anything done behind their backs and in hushed tones.
Today, it’s a different story. More widely socially acceptable, with cutting edge technology and more and more highly trained and skilled surgeons specialising in plastic and cosmetic surgery, here we are discussing what procedures are more popular than others. We are finally allowed to admit to wanting things “done” and we are following through with it. A combination of the social media onslaught in the last few years and our ability to each be “famous” in our own lives encourages each of us to be the best version of ourselves we can be. Our ability to “follow” and “like” and be “friends with” the rich and famous has also given us the permission to have the same surgeries and procedures they have in order to make us “better” and more like them.
Trends tend to come from the rich and famous. If Kim Kardashian wants to be known for having a large butt, then you can be sure that women around the world will finally have permission to be proud of their juicy round butts, and will in fact go out and get them made bigger. Kim is still in the spotlight, so having a big butt is still “in” and buttock augmentation surgery is growing in popularity.
What is trending in 2015 is the popularity of “Day Spas”, “Clinics” and “Medi-Spas” that offer plastic and cosmetic surgery, as well as less-invasive procedures such as Anti-wrinkle injections, laser and “injectables” all in the same building. Practitioners are realising that once a client has one procedure, they are often likely to want others, and it is easier for that client to have them done at the same place, often at the same time. Not only does it enable clients to build up trust with a particular practitioner, but it enables them to save time and money. They can get comfortable with their chosen spa or clinic and going there becomes routine; easy.
Related to this, and growing in popularity, is the idea to have more than one procedure to fix a multitude of “issues” or problems at the same time. For example, I might decide that whilst I am having nose surgery to help me breathe easier, I may as well get that pokey bit of bone on the top of my nose shaved off, those wrinkles on my forehead smoothed out, oh… and if we’ve got time I might as well get those dark lines under my eyes fixed.
Ten years ago, stem cell research was considered abhorrent by some and scary for others, with the possibilities leading down unimaginable paths, in the worst case scenario – clones of ourselves! Today, stem cells are being used in harvesting techniques that are enabling us to use our own fat for augmentations, such as breast or butt augmentations, instead of using foreign materials such as silicone or saline. Even in an industry where “natural” does not roll easily off the tongue, in today’s world where organic is becoming more and more desirable, fat harvesting might allow an otherwise “synthetic” industry the ability to have “natural options”. So this is an area with great growth expectations.
In an age where the whole medical industry is advancing at such a rate it is hard to keep up, the human race is living longer. We are also tending to work longer, with the retirement age in Australia now 70. This means Generation X, Y and anyone after that will need to compete with much younger generations for work and their place in society. Appearances matter whether we like it or not; and so the trend for older clients to undergo surgery is increasing.
What particular surgery is the most popular? Breast augmentation is still at the top of that list, and has been for years; what is growing in popularity is plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures as a whole. Our mindsets are evolving to be more inclusive of a sympathetic attitude towards plastic and cosmetic surgery.
However, some of the more recent, and interesting trends are:
Almost all of us shape our eyebrows or have done in the past. Many of us have taken it too far and plucked off too much or constantly struggle to get the right shape. An eyebrow transplant involves grafting of your own hair (usually from the back of your scalp) onto your eyebrows, hair by hair. It can be done in the shape and thickness you want.
Belly button surgery
We recently did an article on belly button surgery, see here. If you’ve always wanted an introverted (“innie”) instead of a protruding (“outie”) belly button, then this surgery can help you. It is also able to move (yes, move!) your belly button to a more desired position, or shape (perhaps you want it smaller or more elongated!).
Back Lift (or “bra line back lift”)
When considering plastic surgery we often focus on what we need to change on the front of our bodies to make ourselves feel better, as this is what is obvious to us when we look in the mirror. However, catching on quickly is surgery to remove the “rolls” and extra fat deposits on our backs. Simply having liposuction can still leave excess skin, so a back lift can remove this skin as well as giving you a flatter back. The scar for this is usually hidden behind your bra line, hence the name “bra line back lift”.
Nipple or Areola Reduction
Often done in conjunction with a breast augmentation or reduction, this surgery is gaining momentum as a standalone procedure. Women often feel sensitive about the size of their nipples or the coloured ring around them – too big, too small – and this surgery can alter that. For more information on this procedure see here.
We hear more about cheek augmentations, see here, but what about if you have a case of “chubby cheeks”?! Some people just have naturally more rounded faces and others want to create a more defined cheekbone look. A cheek reduction also referred to as a buccal fat removal, can assist with this.
No matter what it is that you want to improve about yourself, in today’s day and age almost anything can be considered possible with plastic surgery. As we always stress, the most important thing is to find a doctor capable of performing the procedure, and performing it well. Do your research and ensure the doctor you choose has experience and the training to look after you properly.