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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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Last Updated on August 15, 2018

7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. Planks are one form of bodyweight exercises that will never go out of fashion. Planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Why? Because they require a small time investment on your part, and offer the chance to achieve substantial results in a relatively short span of time.

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Why is it important to train up our core strength?

There are numerous sites and blogs which detail ways to build your core muscles or core strength. Often though, these sites neglect to explain what your core muscles actually are, and why building them is important.

This is quite surprising, as core muscles are quite easy to explain. Your core muscles are a series of muscles in your midsection, and are used in most forms of movement. Though they aren’t housed in your arms or legs, your core muscles can help transfer force from one limb to another, or are used in addition to muscles in your arms or legs to increase their effectiveness. As such a strong core will make a big improvement on your ability to move and exercise further.

Also they are great for helping other muscles in your midsection such as your abdominal muscles. Your abdominal muscles are important for supporting your back and spinal column, and as such are important aids in preventing injuries. However for them to be most effective you need to spend a lot of time developing your core muscles.

In short, planking exercises can make a huge improvement in your muscles down your whole body. Making them a hugely effective exercise to perform.

One Exercise, multiple benefits

There are few forms of exercise as effective at building your core as planking exercises. However, planking exercises benefit far more than just your core strength.

By holding yourself in the position for a planking exercise, you’ll notice that your biceps, neck, and shoulder muscles are also being tested and strained. This this encouraging their buildup and development. This is great news if you like to do press ups, developed shoulder muscles will have a big impact on your press up performance.

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When planking, you are holding yourself up through your arms and biceps and so by holding a planking position, your arm muscles are being toned and developed. Making planking a great alternative exercise to other forms of bicep developing exercises.

Moving down your midsection, successful plank exercises actually develop the muscles in your butt! These muscles tend to be ignored by a lot of exercises, so this is another great benefit of plank exercises.

In much the same way as you develop your biceps and arm muscles, holding the planking position helps develop the muscles in your thighs too.

What is even better is that planking exercises don’t take much time at all. In fact you should probably only spend about ten minutes max per day in the planking exercise.

What will happen when you start doing planks every day

    1. You’ll improve core definition and performance: 

    Planks are an ideal exercise for the abdominal muscles exactly because they engage all major core muscle groups including the transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominusthe external oblique muscle, and the glutes. The importance of strengthening each muscle group cannot be underestimated either, for all of these groups serve their own purpose. If you strengthen these muscle groups you will notice:

    • Transverse abdominis: increased ability to lift heavier weights.
    • Rectus adbominis: improved sports performance, particularly with jumping. This muscle group is also responsible for giving you the renowned six pack look.
    • Oblique muscles: improved capacity for stable side-bending and waist-twisting
    • Glutes: a supported back and a strong, shapely booty.

    2. You’ll decrease your risk of injury in the back and spinal column

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      Doing planks is a type of exercise that allow you to build muscle while also making sure that you are not putting too much pressure on your spine or hips. According to the American Council on Exercise, doing planks regularly not only significantly reduces back pain but it also strengthens your muscles and ensures a strong support for your entire back, especially in the areas around your upper back.

      Check out this article if you would like to find out about how doing planks on different surfaces can impact the effectiveness of this exercise in strengthening your core.

      3. You’ll experience an increased boost to your overall metabolism

        Planking is an excellent way of challenging your entire body because doing them every day will burn more calories than other traditional abdominal exercises, such as crunches or sit-ups. The muscles you strengthen by doing this exercise on a day-to-day basis will ensure that you burn more energy even when sedentary. This is especially important if you are spending the majority of your day sitting in front of a computer. Also, making it a daily 10- to 1 minute home exercise before or after work will not only provide an enhanced metabolic rate but it will also ensure that that metabolic rate remains high all day long, (yes, even while you are asleep).

        4. You’ll significantly improve your posture

          Planking exercises have a great impact and improvement on your posture. This is great news as a strong posture brings with it a huge number of fantastic benefits .

          A good posture keeps your bones and joins in the correct alignment which means both your bones and joints will be better maintained and more healthy, but also means the overall effectiveness of your muscles will be improved.

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          A good posture will ensure your back or spine is in the correct position and so you will suffer less back pain.

          On top of everything, someone with good posture looks better, healthier, and more confident.

          5. You’ll improve overall balance

            Have you ever felt that when you tried standing on one leg, you couldn’t stand up straight for more than a couple of seconds? It’s not because you were drunk- unless you happened to be at the time!-  but rather, it’s because your abdominal muscles weren’t strong enough to give you the balance you needed. Through improving your balance by doing side planks and planks with extensions you will boost your performance in every kind of sporting activity.

            6. You’ll become more flexible than ever before

              Flexibility is a key benefit of doing planks regularly, for this form of exercise expands and stretches all your posterior muscle groups – shouldersshoulder blades, and collarbone – while also stretching your hamstrings, arches of your feet, and toes. With a side plank added in to the mix, you can also work on your oblique muscles. This will provide you with further benefits when it comes to hyper-extending your toes, a movement that is crucial for supporting your body’s weight.

              7. You’ll witness mental benefits

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                Plank exercises have a particular effect on our nerves, making them an excellent means of improving overall mood. How? Well, they stretch out muscle groups that contribute to stress and tension in the body. Just think about it: you are sitting in your chair, at home or at work, all day long; your thigh muscles get tight, your legs get heavy due to being bent for several hours; and tension develops in your shoulders due to being forced to slump forward all day. These are all circumstances that put too stress on the muscles and nerves. The good news is that planks not only calm your brain, but they can also treat anxiety and symptoms of depression– but only if you make it part of your daily routine.

                How to hold a plank position

                1. Get into pushup position on the floor.
                2. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms.
                3. Keep your torso straight and rigid and your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending.
                4. Your head is relaxed and you should be looking at the floor.
                5. Hold the position for as long as you can.
                6. Remember to breathe. Inhale and exhale slowly and steadily.
                7. When your form begins to suffer, pull the plug. You’re only benefiting from the plank by actually doing the plank.

                Watch the video if you have any doubt!

                Here is a great infographic that shows the best plank variation exercises to evenly target all abdominal muscle groups:

                  How to improve your plank time gradually

                  1. Start with the easier variation if needed. You can start with a bent-knee plank if you can’t perform a regular plank yet. If you can hold a plank for more than two minutes with ease, you can move on to these tougher variations.
                  2. Practise every day. Space your planking exercise throughout the day and do 3-4 times every day. Try to hold the position 10 seconds longer each time.
                  3. Perform other body-weight exercises at the same time. Push-up and squat will improve your core strength too.

                  Are you ready to devote 5-10 minutes of your day, every day, to stay fit, healthy and, most importantly, strong as a bull? Then jump in and make doing plank exercises a part of your life.

                  Who Should Be Cautious Doing The Plank?

                  You need to be cautious doing Planking exercises if any of these risks apply to you:

                  • Prolapse
                  • After prolapse surgery
                  • Pelvic pain conditions
                  • Weak or poorly functioning pelvic floor muscles
                  • Previous childbirth
                  • Overweight

                  Choose an alternative pelvic floor abdominal exercise or consult your doctor before performing plank regularly.

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