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When you think of the most popular plastic surgery procedure done on women, your first thought might be to assume the boob job – But you’d be wrong. It’s not even in the top three.
According to a report released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, cosmetic plastic surgery is on the rise, with 2,006,362 women having cosmetic surgery in 2020 alone. Of those, the most prominent contender was rhinoplasty.
Rhinoplasty, also known as the nose job, was performed 352,555 times in 2020, with 82% performed on women. The cost of a nose job can range depending on where you live, averaging around $6000-$8000 in America and $9000-$10000 in Canada.
Nose jobs were also the most popular cosmetic procedure performed on men in 2020, having been performed 65,121 times.
But why are nose jobs so popular?
For starters, your nose is centered in the middle of your face, making it a visual focal point when looking at yourself in the mirror or looking at others. Those feeling insecure about their face may instinctively decide their nose is the leading cause of the issue.
Secondly, we are in the digital age of appearing from the shoulders and up, whether from selfies on social media or Zoom meetings. This has led to a spike in facial plastic surgery. Furthermore, studies have shown selfies can make your nose appear 30% larger than it is, which may account for part of rhinoplasty’s rising popularity.
Thirdly, rhinoplasty isn’t restricted by age and can be done at any age after the nose stops growing during our teenage years. Unlike other procedures where those seeking results look for anti-age benefits, this procedure is sought out by the young and old alike, widening the pool of people who wish to get it.
Lastly, rhinoplasty isn’t always performed due to looks alone. They also help those with breathing problems such as a deviated septum, sleep apnea, or chronic bad snoring. Functional rhinoplasty is also used when a nose has come into contact with trauma, such as a broken nose. In cases of these, those receiving the surgery can opt-out of additional cosmetic enhancements to the nose, except the changes that will occur naturally from restructuring the damage. Additionally, functional rhinoplasty is often covered by medical insurance, while cosmetic changes are not. These
As for the other top cosmetic surgeries, women got in 2020?
Blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery, came in at second. This procedure repairs the appearance of drooping eyelids, resulting in a tired appearance. In some cases, the upper eyelids can even occasionally obstruct vision.
Facelifts, or Rhytidectomy, came in third. During this popular procedure, the facial skin is tightened, and the muscles below are strengthened, with any excess fat removed or repositioned to help create a youthful appearance.
Oh, and if you were wondering, breast augmentation came in fourth, having been performed 193,073 times in 2020.