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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.

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

Why Is Goal Setting Important to a Truly Fulfilling Life?

Why Is Goal Setting Important to a Truly Fulfilling Life?

In Personal Development-speak, we are always talking about goals, outcomes, success, desires and dreams. In other words, all the stuff we want to do, achieve and create in our world.

And while it’s important for us to know what we want to achieve (our goal), it’s also important for us to understand why we want to achieve it; the reason behind the goal or some would say, our real goal.

Why is goal setting important?

1. Your needs and desire will be fulfilled.

Sometimes when we explore our “why”, (why we want to achieve a certain thing) we realize that our “what” (our goal) might not actually deliver us the thing (feeling, emotion, internal state) we’re really seeking.

For example, the person who has a goal to lose weight in the belief that weight loss will bring them happiness, security, fulfillment, attention, popularity and the partner of their dreams. In this instance, their “what” is weight-loss and their “why” is happiness (etc.) and a partner.

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Six months later, they have lost the weight (achieved their goal) but as is often the case, they’re not happier, not more secure, not more confident, not more fulfilled and in keeping with their miserable state, they have failed to attract their dream partner.

After all, who wants to be with someone who’s miserable? They achieved their practical goal but still failed to have their needs met.

So they set a goal to lose another ten pounds. And then another. And maybe just ten more. With the destructive and erroneous belief that if they can get thin enough, they’ll find their own personal nirvana. And we all know how that story ends.

2. You’ll find out what truly motivates you

The important thing in the process of constructing our best life is not necessarily what goals we set (what we think we want) but what motivates us towards those goals (what we really want).

The sooner we begin to explore, identify and understand what motivates us towards certain achievements, acquisitions or outcomes (that is, we begin moving towards greater consciousness and self awareness), the sooner we will make better decisions for our life, set more intelligent (and dare I say, enlightened) goals and experience more fulfilment and less frustration.

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We all know people who have achieved what they set out to, only to end up in the same place or worse (emotionally, psychologically, sociologically) because what they were chasing wasn’t really what they were needing.

What we think we want will rarely provide us with what we actually need.

3. Your state of mind will be a lot healthier

We all set specific goals to achieve/acquire certain things (a job, a car, a partner, a better body, a bank balance, a title, a victory) because at some level, most of us believe (consciously or not) that the achievement of those goals will bring us what we really seek; joy, fulfilment, happiness, safety, peace, recognition, love, acceptance, respect, connection.

Of course, setting practical, material and financial goals is an intelligent thing to do considering the world we live in and how that world works.

But setting goals with an expectation that the achievement of certain things in our external, physical world will automatically create an internal state of peace, contentment, joy and total happiness is an unhealthy and unrealistic mindset to inhabit.

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What you truly want and need

Sometimes we need to look beyond the obvious (superficial) goals to discover and secure what we really want.

Sadly, we live in a collective mindset which teaches that the prettiest and the wealthiest are the most successful.

Some self-help frauds even teach this message. If you’re rich or pretty, you’re happy. If you’re both, you’re very happy. Pretty isn’t what we really want; it’s what we believe pretty will bring us. Same goes with money.

When we cut through the hype, the jargon and the self-help mumbo jumbo, we all have the same basic goals, desires and needs:

Joy, fulfilment, happiness, safety, peace, recognition, love, acceptance, respect, connection.

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Nobody needs a mansion or a sport’s car but we all need love.

Nobody needs massive pecs, six percent body-fat, a face lift or bigger breasts but we all need connection, acceptance and understanding.

Nobody needs to be famous but we all need peace, calm, balance and happiness.

The problem is, we live in a culture which teaches that one equals the other. If only we lived in a culture which taught that real success is far more about what’s happening in our internal environment, than our external one.

It’s a commonly-held belief that we’re all very different and we all have different goals — whether short term or long term goals. But in many ways we’re not, and we don’t; we all want essentially the same things.

Now all you have to do is see past the fraud and deception and find the right path.

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