VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - What are the hottest cosmetic surgery trends? The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports out of 1.8 million cosmetic surgical procedures performed in 2016, the top five are:
- Breast augmentation
- Nose reshaping
- Eyelid surgery
A board-certified plastic surgeon in Virginia Beach said in addition to breast augmentation, liposuction and rhinoplasty, another popular trend in Hampton Roads is something that rose to popularity recently.
“I guess the most surprising thing the last few years, something called the Brazilian butt lift has become really popular. That’s when we liposuction fat and inject it into your bottom, gives it better shape," said Dr. John Mancoll.
But for patients who get cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, they say it is more than just the surgery itself.
"I think getting the breast augmentation was probably the best thing I ever did as an adult to treat myself," said Richelle Jones, a Mom of two in Virginia Beach. She said after she had kids, she started saving up for the procedure and got it four years ago.
“I didn’t think I had a low self-esteem or anything, but I didn't realize the confidence I could have within myself," said Jones.
Maria Karpov had a Mommy Makeover and couldn't believe the results.
"It was just surreal. It was everything I had ever dreamed that I would look like. Even before I had children, I had always wanted a tummy tuck and breast augmentation. I still can't believe it," said Karpov.
For those who are interested in getting something done, Dr. Mancoll said there's a couple things everyone should do.
"Go home, get a glass of wine, look in the mirror, give me your wishlist. Your most important. Understand what you're really looking for," said Dr. Mancoll.
Next, it's important to find the right surgeon, especially in Virginia.
“This state particularly the rules are a little bit vague. Plastic surgery as a society has been working to try and make it safer for patients. But not because technology has gotten better, but because we’re trying to say the qualifications of the people doing it should be top.”
Dr. Mancoll explained there are M.D.s who are doing liposuction who may not have taken a three-year plastic surgery residency like he did. So it's crucial to find someone qualified and well trained.
The average cost for a breast augmentation is below $4,000 ad for liposuction it's about $3,000.