Plastic and cosmetic surgeries, as with everything else in the beauty and fashion industries, have trends and ebbs and flows of popularity. With an increased awareness and accessibility, more and more people are undergoing their desired surgeries and procedures to fit in with an increasingly appearance-orientated world.
When it comes to surgeries, breast surgery (boob jobs), rhinoplasty (nose jobs), blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) and liposuction are still the most popular. This tends to be the case in most statistics and figures gleaned from various sources in developed countries around the world, including Australia, the UK and the US, for the last few years.
One interesting new trend to keep an eye out for is buttock augmentation (also known as the Brazilian butt lift), and vaginoplasty. They are both two of the fastest growing surgeries and are growing in popularity. Alongside this is Labiaplasty – also a reasonably new surgery to enter the arena, for women wishing to reshape of reduce the size of the labia minora whether it be for cosmetic or medical purposes.
Also hugely popular, and becoming more so, are less invasive cosmetic enhancements and procedures. Not only do they tend to cost less, but they have less recovery time and fit in with the “selfie” image philosophy of today’s anti-ageing world. Facial rejuvenation treatments, not limited to face and brow lifts and including anti-wrinkle injections (dermal fillers, botox, etc) and chemical peels are definitely in vogue. The technological advancements and widespread distribution of devices for some of these procedures are making this option more attractive and viable to a wider demographic of customers who might not previously have considered cosmetic enhancement. It is also often seen as “more acceptable” in a society where, although plastic surgery is widely accepted, it can still have a stigma attached to anyone who undertakes it purely for cosmetic purposes.
Fat transfer is also a procedure on the rise. The idea of moving fat from a part of your body that can spare some, to a part that could do with some more (including face, butts and breasts!) is definitely an idea many of us like, and are following through with having done.
We, as a nation, and indeed in the developed world, continue to be fascinated with anything to do with self-enhancement and the trends show that the numbers in all areas of surgeries and cosmetic treatments are only increasing.