Astonishing Fashion Surgery Trends

Breast augmentations, liposuction, tummy tucks – those we’ve heard of. But butt implants? Shoulder lipo? Toe shortening? Belly button reshaping? And what in the world is a vaginal rejuvenation? Someone knows because 1030 of them took place in the United States alone in 2006. Maybe you’re more plastic surgery savvy than us and already know about these surgeries. But for those of us who are still contemplating whether or not botox injections are too invasive.

Butt Implants

The idea:

The perceived imperfection is a flat booty. And while there are many women rolling their eyes now thinking dare to dream, there are women (and men) who really want more junk in the trunk.

The procedure:

Incisions are made in the buttocks and silicone implants are inserted. The recovery time is weeks on the short side and months on the long side. Possible complications involve discomfort when sitting (think about it – you’re sitting on silicone) and ruptured implants.

Shoulder Lipo

The idea:

Those shoulder-baring dresses of summer would look a lot better with a little less shoulder. In most cases, the shoulders are one of the last areas of the body where fat tends to congregate, but if it seems to be a problem, there’s a surgery for it.

The procedure:

Just like liposuction of the abdomen or thighs, shoulder lipo is a fairly simple procedure where the doctor vacuums the fat out. The result? Leaner, more defined shoulders. The downside is the pain involved and the recovery time: up to six weeks.

Toe Shortening

The idea:

Those open-toed shoes would look so much better with toes of perfectly descending size.

The procedure:

The surgeon opens up the toe and trims the bone to the desired length. The downside to this particular procedure is that the recovery time is painful and long. Plus you need to stay off your feet the whole time. One other downside is that by changing the geometry of your foot (even slightly), you redistribute your weight and run the risk of developing other chronic foot problems as a result.

Belly Button Reshaping

The idea:

In most cases, women want to make an “outie” into an “innie.” Others want to change the overall shape or depth to suit their preference.

The procedure:

The surgery (umbilicoplasty to insiders) is usually fairly straight-forward, with small incisions and a redistribution of the skin making up the navel. The downside is that there is a small possibility of infection and then there is also the possibility that the result isn’t what you were looking for. With other body parts, there is more or less a consensus of what is considered desirable, but the navel is new territory.

Vaginal Rejuvenation

The idea:

Either as a result of childbirth or simply from a desire to look a certain way, some women (over 1000 a year in the U.S.) are choosing to have a nip and tuck downstairs.

The procedure:

Typically the procedure involves the trimming and sculpting of the vulva. Not only does that involve a scalpel in a very sensitive area, the recovery time can be months and some women report that sexual intercourse remains painful for months after that. If the point of making it look better is sex-related, then the surgery can be self-defeating.

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