All over the country — and all over the world — women are seeking out cosmetic surgery more than ever. According to the cosmetic surgery advice site RealSelf, they’ve seen an upswing in Australian visitors over the last few years, with Sydney and Brisbane overall showing up as the most popular home town of women in search of cosmetic solutions.So what are they in search of? Here’s a look at the top five searches:
1. Breast Augmentation and Implants
Not surprisingly, one of the most popular types of cosmetic surgery leads the list in Australia, as well. But what you might surprising is that in 2015, Australians searches for information on breast implants actually exceeded American searches! And interest in breast augmentation is increasing the world over, as scientific advances are made and more realistic implants are created.
The good old-fashioned “nose job.” Your nose affects the entire look of your face, so getting your nose done for cosmetic reasons can actually cause a drastic change in your appearance. It also seems to be the part of our faces we’re the least happy with more often than not.
But rhinoplasty can also be functional — if, say, you broke your nose as a kid and it never healed properly, or you were born with a condition that causes your nasal passages to be obstructed. Many plastic surgeons in Australia perform rhinoplasty for purely medical reasons. In those cases, friends and family sometimes don’t even notice there’s been a change, since the change in those cases may be as simple as a tiny bump — if it’s even noticeable at all!
3. Tummy Tuck
No matter what we weigh, we all have it, don’t we? That little bit of tummy fat we just wish we could shift. A little bit of that is important, especially for women, where it’s actually protecting a lot of important organs. But when it gets to be a little too much, many turn to a surgeon to get rid of that stubborn bit below the waist. It may only be about 1/2 to 1/3 as popular as breast augmentation, but it’s still a recurring theme, especially around swimsuit season.
4. Face Lift
The idea of a face lift can carry negative connotations. While some people may genuinely be in search of changing their entire look or trying to find some sort of surgical “fountain of youth,” the truth is most people just want to keep their face looking as young as they feel. And most facial surgeries aren’t drastic, but rather a sort of spot check to correct anything that doesn’t match up with your self-image. Just by correcting something as simple as drooping eyelids, you can boost your self-confidence and look re-energized. It’s so subtle that most people won’t even know there was surgery involved!
5. The “Mommy Makeover.
We all know how much our bodies change after pregnancy: extra weight, sagging, and drooping breasts are just a few of the post-pregnancy issues we find ourselves dealing with. Sometimes we just can’t go back to our pre-pregnancy bodies, no matter how hard we try. The “mommy m
akeover” — a combination of liposuction, breast augmentation, and tummy tuck — is an increasingly popular way to get our bodies back on track once the little one has arrived.
Cosmetic surgery when done for oneself, whether to get back to how we looked before a major life event or to boost our confidence, can be a difficult decision to make. But more and more women across the country are looking into it! Are you?