Over 200,000 rhinoplasties took place in 2013, which was roughly the same amount of people that also applied to live on Mars. And, although rhinoplasty was just as uncommon as living on Mars 20 years ago, today rhinoplasty is one of the top-performed surgeries.
So, what will be popular 20 years from now? Well, if the current rising trends are any indication, it'll be one of the following.
Male Breast Reduction
Many women go in each year for breast surgery, including augmentation (implants or reshaping) and reduction. However, men are going in to reduce the amount of excess fat and tissue they're carrying around, too.
Gynecomastia surgery (breast reduction) increased 11% from 2012 to 2013, and the number of men seeking the operation was just over 22,000 last year. If this rate continues, over 200,000 men a year will seek breast reduction by the end of 2034.
Asian Eyelid Surgery
Its technical term is blepharoplasty, but more know it as eyelid surgery. Around 200,000 eyelid surgeries are performed a year in the U.S., but a growing section of blepharoplasties in the U.S. and in the world are being performed on people of Asian descent.
The procedure is controversial because it's feared that the beauty standards set by the U.S. and other predominantly Caucasian cultures are influencing people whose eyes naturally appear smaller because of their eyelids.
Brazilian Butt Lifts
One of the more common tropes of comedies is a woman's dissatisfaction with the growing size of her buttocks. Apparently culture is changing and more women are becoming discouraged by their lack of a plump derriere.
Around 10,000 were performed in the U.S. alone last year, up nearly 17% from 2012 when surgeons injected fat into the butts of 8,500 Americans. If the trend continues, nearly 100,000 Americans will be hitting surgeon's offices for fat graphs by the year 2034.
On the flip side of the Brazilian butt lift is the vaginal modification. The trend, which saw 5,200 American women in 2012 front the money for the operation, comes from the increased insecurity set by the pornography industry. Also known as labial rejuvenation, the operation modifies the existing appearance of the inner or outer labia, or increases the tightness of the vaginal opening.
Currently, and almost unsurprisingly, there is no scientific evidence that the surgery provides any health benefits, other than improved self-esteem from disappointment in the aesthetic appeal of one's lower area.
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