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The most common plastic surgery
procedure among women. Silicone
implants are used in 77 per cent of cases,
and saline implants in the remaining 23 per
cent. But enlargement and lifts are not the
only form of augmentation being carried
out. Breast reduction surgery is a common
procedure, along with reconstruction for
women who have had mastectomies due
to illness, accidents or deformities. Expect
to pay from $6000 to $15,000.
More men are undergoing breast reduction
surgery for gynaecomastia – swollen male breast
tissue. If a more serious health condition is ruled
out, there are two treatment options: liposuction
– surgery to remove breast fat, or a mastectomy,
where breast gland tissue is removed. A surgeon
will carry out the procedure. Between $6000-
Tummy tucks, upper arm and thigh lifts are
increasingly popular as more people have
gastric bypass surgery and lose substantial
amounts of body weight, leaving them
with sagging skin. From $9000-$18,000.
The space between the nose and lip
elongates over time and can age the lip. A
small incision under the nose is made to lift
the lip. Cost from $3500.
Mummy makeovers are popular with mothers who have
finished having children and are keen to rejuvenate
their figure. Women who have lost elasticity from
childbirth or ageing can get a vaginoplasty for
$6000-$8000 or a labioplasty for 5900-$6900.
Claims that a vaginoplasty can improve sensitivity
have been strongly challenged. Meanwhile for
men, penile thickening and lengthening procedures
can cost from $7900-$13,900.
Removal of fat from problem areas in the body
such as thighs, bottom and stomach.
Performed under general anesthetic, a cannula
and negative pressure is used to suck out fat.
Buttock surgery is less common, but
numbers are growing. Kim Kardashian has
been rumoured to have had the Brazilian
Butt, where fat is transferred from other parts
of the body and injected into the buttocks
and hips. Butt surgery has reportedly become
popular with men in the past decade.
Attaining flawless skin is a big deal for women.
The biggest gripe for younger women is acne
while for women beyond their 20s, chief
problems are brown patches, age spots, fine
line and wrinkles. The range of skin
treatments can be overwhelming. A few of
the more mainstream treatments are:
microdermabrasion, where a diamond-tipped
wand is used to abrade the surface of the
skin; laser therapy, which directs short,
concentrated pulsating beams of light at
irregular skin; chemical peels, which work on
the epidermis and dermis layers of skin. Prices
will vary widely depending on the treatment.
Known as blepharoplasty, eyelid
reshaping surgery is carried out to
remove skin or sagging skin on the
eyelids. Recovery time is around 10
days and expect to pay $2500+. FACE LIFT
Younger groups are opting for nose and
chin surgery, older groups for eyelid,
facelift and neck lift surgery. There are less
invasive options such as dermal fillers,
botox, liquid facelifts, vampire treatments
and a slow facelift.
Excess skin and fat is removed from the
inner or outer thighs. $9500 to $13,000.
Fat transfers to the hands has been gaining
popularity among older people. Also known
as microlipoinjection or autologous fat
transplantation, fat cells are cleansed and
processed, and then injected into the