In 2015, overall cosmetic surgery procedures were on the rise, and the clientele has rapidly expanded. Once believed to be a choice only women made as they aged, statistics show that more men are choosing to improve upon nature, while younger women are being more proactive about keeping a youthful appearance. The types of procedures each person chooses is obviously an intimate and personal decision, but there is data to show which options are most popular.
The most popular cosmetic surgery procedure in 2015 was breast augmentation, up 31% from 2000. Why do women choose breast augmentation? For most, the choice to undergo this procedure is one made for themselves, not for other people. Many women report an increase in self-confidence and motivation after the procedure. Not all women who choose the operation do so to have large breasts, they do it to have breasts more in proportion to their body. It has become a popular decision for women looking to gain a more appealing bust.
Liposuction rates rose 5% from 2014. Men and women are choosing to undergo this procedure for many reasons, including weight loss and improving on stubborn areas. Liposuction can restore a smooth appearance to the skin, while giving a lift in places affected by gravity. Liposuction techniques can be used to correct fat deposits in almost any area of the body. This includes arms, neck, stomach, back, buttocks, and thighs.
Tummy tuck procedures, also referred to as abdominoplasty, are up 9% over 2014 rates. While men can undergo a tummy tuck after extensive weight loss, or other medical reasons, the majority of patients choosing a tummy tuck are women. Women who have gained and lost a lot of weight, or have carried and given birth to a child, often find themselves unable to firm up and flatten their stomach by their own efforts. While the results of a tummy tuck can be affected by future pregnancies or excessive weight gain, the results are considered permanent and can strengthen weakened or separated abdominal muscles and improve the appearance of scars or stretch marks, creating a flatter, smoother silhouette.
Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, is one of the most common cosmetic surgery choices in both men and women. While rates are steady from 2014-2015, there has been a heavy increase from 2000. Eyelid surgery is a procedure that can lift and remove sagging skin, both for appearance sake and to improve vision when eyelids interfere with sight. Wrinkles and fat deposits are also corrected during blepharoplasty, which can be done on both upper and lower lids, as necessary.
No longer taboo, cosmetic surgery is now a common and acceptable choice for anyone seeking to improve their appearance.