No matter how you feel about cosmetic surgery, the fact remains that it’s an increasingly popular option to enhance your physical appearance. Recent advances in these procedures make them less invasive, safer, and more affordable than ever before. Meanwhile, our collective desire to achieve physical perfection remains strong.
As this technology evolves, and as beauty standards change, so do the cosmetic surgery trends. Keep reading to learn the 10 most popular cosmetic surgeries that women want in 2016.
1. Buttock Implants
Of all cosmetic surgeries, including minimally-invasive procedures, buttock implants saw the largest gain in popularity between 2014 and 2015. Buttock implants increased 36% between the two years, while buttock augmentation with the use of fat grafting increased 28%.
Even with an increase in popularity, both buttock implants and augmentation only made up 17,245 total procedures last year. Time will tell if buttock implants will ever match the popularity of breast implants, though the tide is turning.
2. Buttock Lifts
Like buttock implants and augmentation, buttock lifts have seen an impressive 36% rise in popularity from 2014 to 2015. Those seeking a shapelier, but not necessarily bigger,bottom is drawn to buttock lift operations.
Procedures like the Brazilian butt lift can correct sagging, asymmetrical, and flat buttocks. Women who have lost significant weight also find relief from hanging skin with this procedure. Like choosing the right surgeon for a breast lift, skill and artistry are equally important.
3. Tummy Tucks
Not only did tummy tucks see an increase of 9% between 2014 and 2015, it has been one of the most consistently popular cosmetic surgeries since 2000. In fact, tummy tucks are almost as popular as rhinoplasty procedures (nose jobs), which have been losing popularity.
It’s easy to see why tummy tucks are on the rise, as mothers and women who have undergone weight loss are often left with excess abdominal flesh. C-section scarring is also a common reason why women seek tummy tucks.
Although Botox and other Botulinum Toxin Type A injections only saw a 1% gain in popularity between 2014 and 2015, an unbelievable 6,757,198 procedures were performed in total. These injections are three times more popular than any other cosmetic surgery because they are a temporary solution. Women must return for 2-4 injections a year if they wish to retain the positive effects.
Even when your account for multiple procedures, millions of women choose to undergo this minimally-invasive procedure in order to achieve softer, crease-free features.
5. Soft Tissue Filler
Soft tissue filler doesn’t get the press of procedures like Botox or tummy tucks, yet almost 2.5 million soft tissue injections were performed in 2015, up 6% from 2014. Women use these injections to smooth wrinkles, fill in cheeks, and even improve the appearance of scars. Common materials include collagen and calcium hydroxyapatite. These materials are temporary and are later safely absorbed by the body.
Millennials are especially interested in soft tissue filler, in large part because of this generation’s strong focus on facial beauty, selfies, profile pictures, and the like. Small imperfections like dark circles under the eyes can be quickly and easily corrected with the use of soft tissue filler.
6. Breast Lifts
Breast lifts are another popular procedure chosen by mothers and women who have lost weight. As women age, their breasts also tend to lose elasticity and shape. Breast lifts are an option for these women to achieve a better shape to their breasts, improving their self-image and increasing confidence.
Almost twice as many women had a breast lift in 2015 than in 2000. As they’re perceived as a less extreme alternative to breast augmentation, breast lifts are unlikely to see a decline in popularity any time soon.
7. Breast Augmentation
Reigning supreme among cosmetic surgery options, 279,143 breast augmentation procedures were performed in 2015. That’s a huge number, but down 2% from 2014. This indicates that interest in larger breasts is waning, while interest in large bottoms are rising.
As the most popular cosmetic surgical procedure, breast augmentations won’t become unpopular overnight. It’s even possible that this is a temporary decline. As advances are made to the implants and procedures themselves, breast augmentation may regain its popularity of years past.
8. Eyelid Surgery
“Monolid” is the term used to describe eyelids which do not have a crease. While this is most often a feature in individuals of East Asian descent, people of all races and backgrounds may have monolids. Eyelid surgery is commonly sought to create a creased eyelid, or a “double lid”.
Large, vibrant eyes are often favored as an attractive feature, resulting in over 200,000 eyelid surgeries performed in 2015. Popularity is waning, perhaps in part due to initiatives to preserve and celebrate racial features. Even if these initiatives have had an effect, however, eyelid surgery is the 4th most popular cosmetic surgery.
9. Laser Hair Removal
Women spend up to 1,400 hours over a lifetime removing unwanted hair. That doesn’t even take into consideration how much waxing or shaving costs. Laser hair removal is an attractive option to many women in order to reclaim that time and improve their quality of life. It typically takes between 4-6 treatments to effectively remove all the hair in an area, making up the over 1,100,000 procedures performed in 2015. This represents stagnant growth from last year, neither more or less popular.
10. Nose Reshaping (Rhinoplasty)
Despite seeing a sharp decline in popularity since 2000, rhinoplasty remains one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures. Over 215,000 people chose to undergo rhinoplasty in 2015, almost exactly the same as 2014. Trends indicate that the demand for nose reshaping is strong, but not increasing, much like breast augmentation.
Both rhinoplasty and breast augmentation are on a cusp with the public. Demand remains stagnant at best, yet they remain the most popular cosmetic surgery options. Time will tell if other surgeries, like buttock lifts and tummy tucks, will ever surpass these procedures in popularity.
Is Cosmetic Surgery for You?
Cosmetic surgery is a big decision that you should consider very carefully before acting. Women use plastic surgery to improve their confidence and make them feel better both in and out of clothes, but they are also physical and financial responsibilities.
If you’re ready to take the next step to reach your surgical goals, choose a doctor who makes you feel comfortable and shares your vision for your body. Most importantly, never see an unlicensed individual for “black market” injections or surgical procedures. Doing so could put your life in danger.