Recent Trends in Cosmetic Surgery

Increasing Butt Size and Reshaping Labias

The appearance of what's hidden underneath is becoming more and more important to women lately. Getty Images

Americans apparently just can’t get enough of cosmetic surgery; since 1996, the amount of cosmetic procedures performed in the United States has increased SIX-fold. While breast augmentation and liposuction remain at the top of the list of sought-after procedures, there are a few interesting procedures that have jumped up the list in the past few years.

Perhaps thanks to the full-bottomed Kardashian clan and the rise of social media, 2014 marked the beginning of one of the new trends in plastic surgery in America.

According to statistics compiled by the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, women want bigger bottoms. Another procedure that is becoming increasingly more and more popular is labiaplasty; some ladies are so unhappy with the size and shape of their genitalia that they have it surgically altered.

Buttock Augmentation

Buttock augmentation procedures reshape and enhance your gluteal area, giving an individual an uplifted and shapelier buttock profile. It is becoming increasingly more and more popular worldwide by people who view shapelier buttocks as being more sensual. In 2014, buttock augmentations jumped 86% in the U.S. compared to the previous year, totaling an estimated 21,446 procedures. Augmentation can be achieved with implants or a Brazilian butt lift.


Labiaplasty (a procedure to reduce the size of or repair the labia minora, the inner labia of female genitalia) increased 49% in 2014, with an estimated 7,535 procedures performed that year.

Most women who undergo labiaplasty are looking to have a vagina that is symmetrical and tight. Labiaplasty involves cutting off the labia minora and slicing away part of the clitoral hood so the clitoris is easily visible. The procedure usually involves local anesthesia.

Are these recent cosmetic surgery trends here to stay, or will they be short-lived?

Only time will tell. If you're interested in learning more about these procedures and whether or not they are right for you, make an appointment with a board-certified plastic surgeon to discuss your options and the pros and cons of each procedure. 

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