It’s hard to ignore all the stories about tummy tucks, dermal fillers, breast implants and lunchtime lifts.

We say, enough about what everyone else is saying are the most popular cosmetic procedures! Costhetics.com.au has compiled its own list of what’s hot in cosmetic enhancement based on enquiries we receive every day, and on the from-the-frontlines-of-beauty news we hear from the people in our professional network.

Today, we’re talking about three innovative cosmetic procedures that are growing in popularity but still flying under the radar.

Areola Reduction

In areola reduction surgery, the surgeon makes an incision around the areola or at the base of the nipple. The areola can be reduced more dramatically with the incision around the areola. The desired amount of areola is measure first and the excess trimmed and then stitched together with dissolvable sutures.

Areola reduction surgery is surprisingly simple. It is also irreversible.

Surgical Lip Lifts

A great deal has been written about the use of dermal fillers for non-surgical lip lifts.  Surgical lip lifts, however, are growing in popularity, especially with women in their twenties who are concerned with

  • A thin upper lip
  • The inability to see upper teeth when their lips are parted

There are two types of lift lips. Both rely on fine sutures placed during surgery that are removed four or five days after the procedure:

  • Central Lip Lift – A small incision is made under (and hidden by) the nose. The surgeon shortens the upper lip, advancing the red portion to give the appearance of greater volume
  • Surgical Lift to Raise Downturned Lips – Small incisions made at the side of the mouth allow your surgeon to place the corners of the mouth into a more pleasing position.

A lip lift is a minimally invasive procedure with very little downtime. There is little risk involved with this procedure, though (rarely) a scar may be visible.

Belly-Button Re-Shaping

Umbilicoplasty, commonly known as belly button surgery, is a cosmetic procedure that changes the appearance of your naval. It can be performed on its own, but is more likely an adjunct to a tummy tuck.

In this surgery, the surgeon removes skin around the naval to

  • Change its position
  • Change its shape
  • Change its size
  • Change an “innie” to an “outie”

Most of the incisions are made within the naval itself, so scarring is generally not visible. You can return to light activities within 24 hours or so. The results of umbilicoplasty are permanent, but the appearance can change if you put on a significant amount of weight or become pregnant.

Excited? Curious? Interested? Costhetics encourages you to contact your cosmetic surgeon and arrange for a consultation to learn about a whole new generation of facial rejuvenation and body contouring.

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