Over the last couple of years, the two most popular plastic surgeries have become breast augmentations and Brazilian butt lifts. There are likely varied reasons as to the sudden and continued popularity of these two procedures, but one answer may be the new focus on curvier women, like Beyonce and Kim Kardashian. These women are praised for their hourglass figures, which is the least common natural shape for female bodies.
Breast Augmentation: What to Know
A woman may want breast augmentation for reasons besides purely cosmetic, such as she’s a survivor of breast cancer and had a mastectomy, but now wants her previous shape back. Breast augmentations are also done for purely aesthetic reasons, such as to add breast volume after severe weight loss or pregnancy. The procedure is the most popular plastic surgery operation in the United States, with almost 300,000 done in 2015, a 31 percent increase since 2000.
The procedure itself has come a long way since its introduction in 1962. The operation involves inserting implants or fat into the breast. The cost is around $4,000, though this number can vary. It’s also important to go to a surgeon who you feel has sufficient experience doing these surgeries and makes you feel comfortable.
Talk to your surgeon about where the incision scars will be; they’re usually placed in areas that will be the least noticeable, such as under the breast, near the armpit, or around the nipple. Your implant will then be inserted, either on top of the pectoral muscle, or under it, depending on your preference, type of implant, and doctor’s recommendation.
As with any surgery, it’s important to take proper steps for recovery to make sure everything goes well. After surgery, your breasts will be wrapped in gauze and in a special bra to support them. After being monitored for a few hours, you’ll be able to leave. You’ll be instructed about how to care for your incisions.
Take medications as prescribed and properly clean the incision areas. You might be told to wear a support bra for the first couple of weeks following your surgery. Soreness and swelling for the first few weeks are normal. Minimize your activity; wait to begin exercising again until your surgeon says it’s okay.
Brazilian Butt Lift: What to Know
The popularity of butt lifts has risen by 250 percent, with nearly 5,000 operations being performed last year, though some doctors estimate that the number was closer to 10,000. Various types of butt lifts are done, though most people believe the operation is mere to greatly increase the size of the butt. Most people opt to have a butt that’s in proportion with the rest of their figures and often use the operation to streamline their lower bodies. Fat from the midsection or thighs can be inserted into the butt, while it’s also lifted to look rounder and perkier.
The procedure itself is fairly straightforward. Implants, or fat from other locations on the body, are inserted into the butt. The cost of the surgery is between $4,000 and $5,000. A surgeon’s cost often varies on their experience and where they’re located, so find a surgeon you trust and can afford.
The recovery period is about six to eight weeks after your surgery. You’ll be instructed to wear a compression garment and avoid sitting down directly on your butt because sitting decreases blood flow and can kill the fat implants. If you have to sit, use a donut-shaped cushion. Sleep on your side and stomach as well.
High-impact activities should be avoided during the recovery period, especially any activity that involves bouncing. By carefully caring for your body after the implants, you’ll allow the fat to solidify and stay in place, though it’s important to note that up to around 40% of the fat will die naturally soon after surgery.