More than 307,000 women got implants in 2008a 45 percent jump since 2000. They cost about $6,000, and a C cup is the most popular size.
“The first few weeks after surgery, I felt sore, like Id done a bunch of push-ups. But I felt normal after a few weeks when I got to start wearing bras again.” Alexis, 28, McLean, Virginia
Saline implants are inflated after insertion, so they require a small incision; silicone ones need a larger opening. If you plan to breast-feed, avoid a cut near the areola, which could damage ducts or nerves involved in milk production. Many docs opt for putting implants underneath the pectoral muscles because that interferes less with mammograms, says Michael McGuire, MD, associate clinical professor of plastic surgery at the University of California, Los Angeles.
A Botox procedure (around $2,000) doesnt provide a real lift, but your breasts may appear to sit higher afterward. Its temporary and possibly risky, too. Dr. Walden says, “It can be dangerous if the solution spreads to the muscles used for breathing.” If you really want implants, though, you can haggle: some plastic surgeons give discounts, so ask about deals.
Nearly 245,000 women get this body-sculpting surgery every year. The procedure costs about $4,000 for one area like your tummy (the most popular lipo location) and $3,000 for an additional spot.
“After I had surgery on my inner thighs there were a couple of weeks of discomfort, but it was well worth it. You can hardly see my scars. They look like little bug bites.” Susan, 28, Austin, Texas
Liposuction removes excess fat but isnt a weight-loss tool. “I tell my patients not to get on a scale when they get home, because theyll be depressed,” Dr. McGuire says. The good news: Most people go on to lose weight because theyre more apt to exercise and eat right postsurgery.
Several less-invasive procedures are availableincluding laser-assisted liposuction in which fat is melted before its removed, which may cause less bruising. However, costs are similar to traditional lipo.
About 275,000-plus women get a $7,000 nose shaping every year.
“My nose isnt perfectone nostril is a little smaller than the otherbut when I see myself in pictures now I think, ‘Damn, I look good! And I really feel like I do.” Kristin, 41, Dallas
It takes a year to see the final results of rhinoplasty, but most of the changes become visible much earlier as the swelling subsides, Dr. McGuire says.
Injected fillers can make bumps and creases disappear. These fixes are cheaper (from $300 to $2,500) than surgery but are not permanent, lasting a year or less.