No matter how much of a fashion diva you are, there are parts of you that you know are less than perfect. Even after the meticulous attention to detail with your makeup, the dieting, the endless hours of working out, you still just can’t seem to get past that one thing that keeps you from looking and feeling red carpet hot.
Whatever part of your body that’s bothering you, whether it’s your Romanesque profile, your less-than-ample bosom, thin lips, or a tummy that just doesn’t want to flatten, many millennial women (and some men, too!) are opting for plastic surgery. According to a recent article in American Spa magazine, 20-somethings now make up approximately 20% of those who look to cosmetic surgery and that number is expected to continue to increase. Time magazine’s report indicated that the number of plastic surgeries performed in the U.S. has increased by 86% since 1997.
Here are some of the most popular trends in cosmetic surgery today.
- Non-Surgical Procedures: One of the top cosmetic surgery trends is actually outpatient non-surgical procedures. These include things like Botox or Kybella or the use of fillers to erase signs of aging. Other non-surgical procedures include eyelash enhancers and injections to increase the roundness of the cheeks such as Voluma. These types of procedures are non-invasive, can be done at a doctor’s office or clinic, and require far less recovery time.
- Breast Surgery: Breast augmentation is still one of the most common plastic surgery procedures. For women who have smaller breasts than they wish or breasts that are uneven can undergo breast augmentation in order to get a fuller and more even look. Others who have fuller breasts but feel they are sagging more than they would like can opt for a mastopexy, or breast lift.
Some women and men are uncomfortable with the amount of breast tissue that they have. A plastic surgeon can perform a procedure known as reduction mammoplasty to reduce the fat and tissue and reduce the size of the breasts.
- Tummy Tuck: For those who have been slaving away at the gym for months or working out and still can’t seem to get that firmer belly and narrower waist, many millennial women in their 20s and early 30s opt for a tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty. Good candidates for a tummy tuck are those who are in good overall condition but have belly fat or loose skin that just won’t seem to go away.
As urged in a recent article by a Seattle tummy tuck specialist, millennial women who are contemplating a tummy tuck should consider postponing the surgery until after pregnancy. The reason for this, according to practitioners, is because the process of pregnancy stretches muscles in the abdomen and the surgery would likely have to be redone. Also, a pregnancy after a tummy tuck can make a woman more prone to stretch marks because the skin is thinner. Even if you do get a second surgery, it won’t be like it was before.
Is Plastic Surgery for Me?
So, if you are considering plastic surgery, realize that you’re not alone. Gone are the days when it was considered scandalous to opt for plastic surgery. Because it’s far more common, there is a whole lot stigma attached to cosmetic surgery. The most important thing to remember in making such a decision is to only go ahead with it if it’s something that you really want, rather than going under a surgeon’s knife simply because you think that it will please someone else. Before undergoing any type of cosmetic or plastic surgery, be sure to thoroughly research your surgeon and check to see whether they are certified by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.