As technology advances, procedures become less expensive, and social acceptance increases, more and more people in the US and around the globe are undergoing cosmetic procedures. Some do so to fix blemishes, asymmetry, or other imperfections. Others do so to get the perfect silhouette they’ve always dreamed of. And others still do so to reverse the signs of aging and gain more self-esteem and self-confidence.
Here are the top seven popular cosmetic procedures.
1. Breast augmentation
Breast augmentation is the top cosmetic procedure for women in the US. This surgery enhances both the size and the shape of women’s breasts. Women undergo this procedure for a number of reasons: to increase volume and projection, to balance asymmetry, to replace breast volume after pregnancy, or to give more balance to their figure. During this procedure, silicone, or less commonly, saline implants are inserted into the chest, either in front of or behind the muscle.
The benefits are both psychological and physical, including improved quality of life, expanded options in wardrobes, increased confidence in both professional and social situations, improved self-esteem, and increased satisfaction in the bedroom.
2. Breast lift
Many women who aren’t interested in boosting breast size and volume but want to improve the appearance of their breasts get breast lifts. The skin loses elasticity over the years. Gravity, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and age all take their toll and lead to a loss of shape and firmness, as well as sagging. A breast lift raises and reshapes breasts. Some women choose to get a breast lift in conjunction with breast augmentation. Like breast augmentation, a breast lift has many benefits; it can improve self-confidence, expand wardrobe options, and make women feel more youthful.
Facelifts are cosmetic procedures that improve the appearance of aging in the face and neck. During the procedure, an incision is made around the hairline and ears, the skin is raised from the muscle underneath, excess skin and fat is excised, and muscles are tightened. A facelift creates more aesthetically pleasing contours, reduces the appearance of sagging and jowling, and reduces wrinkles to create a natural, youthful looking face.
4. Tummy tuck
Women who want to regain their pre-pregnancy appearance or remove excess skin after weight loss often get tummy tuck surgery. During this surgical procedure, the muscles of the abdominal wall are tightened and excess skin and fat pockets are removed in order to create a smoother and firmer midsection.
Liposuction is effectively used to remove unwanted fat deposits from specific areas of the body, such as the neck, chin, thighs, and buttocks, and the hips and upper arms. The goal of liposuction is to improve body contours and enhance a person’s shape, rather than reduce weight. It is most often used to remove stubborn areas of fat that do not respond well to typical diet and exercise.
Microdermabrasion is one of the most popular skin rejuvenation cosmetic procedures. Using a diamond-grade tip with suction, dead skin cells are removed from the face, leaving skin smoother and softer. Microdermabrasion can successfully reduce the appearance of age spots, sun damage, wrinkles, and acne scarring, while improving overall skin health. The treatment is non-invasive, painless, and requires no downtime, making it a popular option.
Botox is a quick and cost-effective treatment option to reduce the appearance of wrinkles in specific areas of the face, including the forehead, between the eyes, and the crow’s feet. The treatments consist of a purified protein toxin being injected into the muscles that are responsible for causing contractions that lead to creases, or wrinkles, in the face. It results in muscle relaxation, allowing wrinkles to soften and disappear temporarily.