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Top 10 Cosmetic Surgery Options Women Want in 2016

Top 10 Cosmetic Surgery Options Women Want in 2016

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.

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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.

4. Botox

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Featured photo credit: Plaxbay via pixabay.com

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The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

It’s well past midnight and you’ve got to get up in less than six hours. You toss and turn all night. Before you know it, another hour passes by and you start panicking.

If I don’t get to sleep in the next 30 minutes, I’m going to be exhausted tomorrow!”

One thing is for sure, you’re not alone. Over 70M+ Americans have stated that they don’t get the proper sleep they need at night.[1] So what could possibly be causing this insomnia epidemic?

Throughout my entrepreneurial journey of building my language learning company, I have experimented and researched dozens of best sleep practices. Some have flopped but a few have dramatically improved the quality of my life and work.

In this article, I’ll look into the reason why you’re sleep deprived and how to sleep through the night tonight.

Why you can’t sleep through the night

The first step to improving anything is getting to the bottom of the root problem. Different studies have shown the reasons why most people cannot sleep well at night.[2] Here are the main ones that the average person faces:

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Stress

If you’ve ever stayed up at night worrying about something, know that it’s a major sleep inhibitor. When you’re feeling stress, your mind and body becomes more activated, making it incredibly difficult to fall asleep. Even when you do manage to sleep, it won’t be deep enough to help you feel rested the next day.

Exposure to blue light before sleep time

We’re exposed to harmful blue light on a daily basis through the use of our digital screens. If you’ve never heard of blue light, it’s part of the visible light spectrum that suppresses melatonin, our sleep hormones. Other harmful effects include digital eye strains and macular cellular damage.

While daytime exposure to blue light is not very harmful, night time exposure tricks our brain into thinking it’s daytime. By keeping your brain alert and suppressing melatonin, your mind is unable to shut down and relax before bedtime.

Eating close to bedtime

Eating too late can actually be an issue for many people, especially those who are older than 40. The reason is, eating before laying down increases the chances of Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), in which stomach acid backflows into the esophagus.

Another reason not to eat too late is sleep quality. Even if you manage to sleep right after eating, it’s likely that you’ll wake up tired. Instead of letting your body rest during sleep, it has to digest the food that was entered before bedtime.

Rule of thumb: eat 3-4 hours before bedtime.

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Medical conditions

In some cases, it could be medical conditions that cause your sleep problems. If you can’t relate yourself to the above reasons or any of these common sleep problem causes, you should visit the doctor.

The vicious sleep cycle

The biggest danger to repeating the bad habits mentioned above is the negative cycle that it can take you through. A bad night’s sleep can affect not only your energy but your willpower and decision making skills.

Here’s an example of a bad sleep pattern:

You get a bad night’s sleep
–> You feel tired and stressful throughout the day.
–> You compensate it with unhealthy habits (for example junk food, skipping exercises, watching Netflix etc.)
–> You can’t sleep well (again) the next night.

    You can imagine what could happen if this cycle repeats over a longer period of time.

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    How to sleep better (throughout the night)

    To help you break the vicious cycle and stop waking up in the middle of the night, I’ll explain to you a list of actionable steps to solve your trouble staying asleep.

    1. Take control over the last 90 minutes of your night

    What you do (or don’t do) before bedtime have significant impact on the quality of your sleep. Many times, it can be the difference between staying up until 4am and sleeping like a baby.

    Here are a few suggestions:

    • Go from light to dark – Darkness stimulates production of the sleep hormone melatonin. Turn off unused light around the house, and think about investing into warm light that you can use in the bedroom before bedtime.
    • Avoid screens (or wear blue light blocking glasses) – Keep the bedroom a technology-free zone as the light from electronic devices can disturb your sleep. If you need to work, wear blue light blocking glasses (also known as computer glasses) throughout or before you sleep to prevent sleep disruption.
    • Find an activity that helps you to wind down  This could be anything that calms you down, and reduces thinking (especially unnecessary stress). Fir example, listening to soothing/good feel music, taking a hot bath, reading or meditating.
    • Keep any electronics you have on the other side of the room or outside the room – One of the most harmful things that can disrupt your sleep is the notifications you get from your smartphones. The simplest way to avoid this is to keep it away from you.
    • Create a bedtime routine – A night routine is a couple of things you do prior to going to bed. By doing these things every night, you’ll have a more restful and high-quality sleep. Learn how to pick up a night routine here: The Ultimate Night Routine Guide to Sleep Better and Wake Up Productive

    2. Eat the right nutrients (and avoid the wrong ones)

    What you eat (not just when we eat) plays a critical role in your sleep quality. If you’re ever in doubt of what to eat to improve your sleep, take the following into consideration:

    • Kiwi – This green fruit may be the ultimate pre-bed snack. When volunteers ate two kiwis an hour before hitting the hay, they slept almost a full extra hour. Kiwis are full of vitamins C and E, serotonin and folate—all of which may help you snooze.
    • Soy foods – Foods made with soy such as tofu, miso and edamame, are rich in isoflavones. These compounds increase the production of serotonin, a brain chemical that influences the body’s sleep-wake cycle.
    • Fiber-rich foods – Eating more fiber could be key for better sleep. Eating fiber was associated with more restorative slow-wave sleep—the more you eat, the better you sleep—per a study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. Fiber prevents blood sugar surges that may lower melatonin. Get a fiber boost from beans, artichokes, bran cereal and quinoa.
    • Salmon – Most fish, especially salmon, halibut and tuna boost vitamin B6, which is needed to make melatonin— a sleep-inducing hormone triggered by darkness.

    3. Adjust your sleep temperature

    Once you’ve gone through the first 2 recommendations, the last step to experiment with is temperature. According to Sleep.org, the ideal temperature for sleep is 60-67 Farenheit. This may be cooler than what most people are used to, but keep in mind that our body temperature changes once we fall asleep.

    Rule of thumb: sleeping in cooler temperature is better for sleep quality than warmer temperature.

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    Find out how to maintain the optimal temperature to sleep better here: How to Sleep Faster with the Best Temperature

    Sleep better form now on

    Congrats on making it to the end of this guide on sleep. If you’re serious about taking the necessary steps in improving your sleep, remember to take it one step at a time.

    I recommend trying just one of the steps mentioned such as taking a hot bath, blocking out blue light at night, or sleeping in cooler temperature. From there, see how it impacts your sleep quality and you can keep doing what works, and throw away what doesn’t.

    As long as you follow these steps cautiously and diligently, I know you’ll see improved results in your sleep!

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