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.
Breast Augmentation Trends
Breast Implant Removal and Fat Transfer to Breasts are 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.
Breast Augmentation is the most common aesthetic plastic surgery procedure being performed both in Australia and America. As breast augmentation becomes increasingly popular, surgeons are utilizing new techniques, products and equipment to enhance the results of the operation.
A new advancement in breast augmentation techniques has been that of Fat Transfer and Injection. This technique involves the liposuction of fat from one area of the body and injecting it into the breasts. The advantages of this procedure are that it leaves no scars and the breast will remain looking natural. Cup size increase is however limited and some size can be lost over time as fat is metabolized back into the body.
Fat transfer is 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.
Silicone and saline breast implants still remain the most popular procedure. Alternatives to silicone or saline are currently being investigated however any approved alternatives still remain in the future. Silicone or Saline implants do however now come in different shapes with the tear drop implant increasing in popularity. New advances also include implants that are specific to the left or right side.
One of the major decisions to be made when discussing implants with the surgeon is “what is the best size implant?” This is a critical decision that the surgeon can offer professional advice on however at the end of the day you must be comfortable with your choice and not be unduly influenced to do something that you do not want. In the USA, the most common breast implant size is 350cc which equates to up to two cup sizes. In some states such as Las Vegas and South California however the most common implant size is greater than 350cc whilst in Texas implants up to 500cc are common. Whilst it is generally true that the implant sizes being chosen by women have been increasing it is also true that they are often influenced by local fashion trends.
To help choose the right implant size a new technique is to utilize Vectra 3-D Imagery. The Vectra machine uses 3 dimensional imaging to take a photo of the patient that can then be manipulated so as to demonstrate what the patient would look like with varying size implants. This is a very good tool that gives visual feedback to the patient thus making the decision making process easier.
A further advancement has been the use of computer programming to calculate a theoretical best size breast implant for the individual patient. The procedure involves measuring the ladies nipple spacing and chest dimension, entering this information into a computer and then have the program calculate what would be the best size implant based upon a predetermined aesthetic shape.
There has been a large rise in Transgender Surgery in Australia – Top Surgery like MTF and FTM Breast Surgery for Trans men and Trans Women.
Non Surgical Treatments Popular
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 just limited to face and brow lifts and including anti-wrinkle injections (dermal fillers, Anti-Wrinkle Injections, 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.
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.