How Plastic Surgery Trends Reflect Changing Beauty Ideals

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hen talking about something as abstract as beauty, there’s no one clear answer to the question of what’s beautiful. Beauty is something that’s subjective to each one of us, hence the phrase “beauty’s in the eye of the beholder”.

That said, we do live in an era where there are certain beauty standards we’re expected to embrace in order to be considered beautiful. In fact, every era has had beauty ideals that were at one point considered as desirable. The point is, the concept of beauty changes with time, and living in the era of Instagram has made us put more effort into our image and the way we present ourselves to the world. This has given rise to plastic surgery, which has become an integral part of modern culture. It has, too, changed over the decades to accommodate the shifts in what society deems beautiful. In this article, we’ll be looking at the current plastic surgery trends and how they reflect changing beauty ideals.

Fuller lips as the epitome of sensuality and youth

Back in the day, we’d fantasize having full lips when looking at celebrities such as Angelina Jolie. A couple of years ago, that torch was passed to influencers and socialites such as Kylie Jenner. After getting lip injections at the age of 17, Jenner further popularized luscious, bigger pout. The result? The demand for lip fillers skyrocketed, and more women chose to get their lips enhanced.

Full, luscious lips symbolize youth and sensuality, and getting fuller lips with larger kissable areas is now easier than ever. Whether you want to address thin or flat lips, their asymmetry, or the wrinkles around them, there’s a wide range of concerns that can be addressed with cosmetic procedures such as lip implants and boost your body image.

Brazilian butt lift procedure as key to voluptuous behind

When talking about changing beauty ideals, it’s impossible not to mention the big bottom trend. A beauty ideal that’s been popularized by celebrities such as J.Lo and Kim Kardashian, large round buttocks are all the rage these days, and women are flocking to their surgeons to get the ideal, voluptuous behind.

The technical term for this procedure is gluteoplasty, but most of us know it simply as Brazilian butt lift. When it comes to the plastic surgery procedure itself, the BBL involves the transfer of fat to a person’s buttocks. It’s very different from the traditional version which involves surgical removal of fat. The fat from the other areas of the body is removed through liposuction and then transferred to the buttocks. As a result, the buttocks are higher as well as rounder.

Breast enhancement as a way to luscious cleavage

Voluptuous behinds aren’t the only beauty trend that’s been taking over the world. Luscious “fronts” and dramatic profiles are gaining in popularity as well, with celebs such as Katy Perry, Kat Dennings, and Sofia Vergara popularizing luscious bosom an essential component of what we consider to be a dream body.

A breast augmentation procedure can be a simple way to an attention-garnering cleavage, but the reasons for it are numerous. Some women may want to address asymmetry, some want a more proportional figure, and others prefer a more “lifted” look. There may also be women who want to regain their pre-baby body and address post-pregnancy breast volume loss. 

Botox as a way to boost your body image

Speaking of retaining volume to achieve a youthful, vibrant look, we also need to mention Botox treatments. Long considered a go-to for correcting fine lines and wrinkles for celebrities, Botox is now more available than ever before.

While the areas that are usually treated include forehead, frown lines, and crow’s feet, Botox is used for other areas, too. These include a sagging neck, “smoker’s lines” around the mouth, jawline, and chin. More 20-somethings are catching up with the trend, and Botox specialists are also witnessing a rise in male clientele. With effects lasting up to a year, you can retain youthful, natural appearance by simply going for regular treatments.

Wrapping up

Beauty standards are constantly changing and evolving. The good news is that meeting these demands is now made easier with the popularity and availability of cosmetic surgery. After all, we all want to feel comfortable and confident in our own skin. If that means finding someone who can help you achieve your dream body, go for it. As long as it makes you feel happier with yourself, there’s no reason not to.

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Claire Hastings
Claire Hastings is a design student, wanderer, and a writer. She writes as long as she can remember, and she is very passionate about fashion, running, other cultures, and her cat.
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