In many cases, less is more, and we only have to look at the evolution of the cell phone to see how a good idea got better and smaller simultaneously–from the giant brick people carried in the 1980s to today’s small, discreet smart phones that not only place calls but do pretty much everything to make our personal and professional lives easier.
Cosmetic surgery has followed suit over the decades, with less downtime, fewer medical complications, more minimally invasive procedures and more natural looking results–all things that represents Dr.Garo Kassabian’s values as a cosmetic surgeon.
Based on the inquiries being made by clients in our practice, and in practices across the U.S., here are this year’s top trends in cosmetic surgery. All reflect the continued improvements and advances in protocols, treatments and techniques that ensure patients will ultimately get what they want–their best selves.
- Minimally invasive techniques and procedures will continue to grow in popularity. The use of minimally invasive (Botox, fillers, photo-rejuvenation) and nonsurgical cosmetic treatments will continue to increase next year. In 2013 there was a 10 percent increase over the previous year according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS).
- More men will seek cosmetic surgery to look good and stay competitive in the job market. Men are seeking surgery as a key tool to help them succeed. (According to ASAPS, men had more than one million cosmetic procedures in 2013, 9 percent of the total.)
- The Brow Lift: Looking for that fresh, wide-eyed look without the risk of looking too stretched out or done? Enter the brow lift, which eliminates the sagging of time, as well as horizontal frown lines. http://www.liftmd.com/procedures-services/face.
- The age group of those seeking cosmetic procedures will continue to expand to both younger and more senior patients. Younger patients realize the important role of early anti-aging intervention and older patients are staying in the workforce longer and want to look more youthful.
- The use of autologous fat grafting will continue to expand, both in reconstructive and cosmetic contexts.
- New and more powerful lasers with less downtime will impact treatment protocols.
- Below the belt: Buttock augmentations and labiaplasties will continue to gain popularity, as more women will seek cosmetic surgery to enhance, correct, and modify the more intimate parts of their bodies.
- In the U.S., ethnic minorities will continue to show a strong increase in interest in cosmetic procedures. According to ASAPS, in 2013, racial and ethnic minorities had approximately 22 percent of all cosmetic procedures
- Jawline Contouring is on the rise, especially as procedure can be performed on both men and women, as can cheek augmentation. Looking a good ten years younger or more has never been easier, though you have to go about it with a professional who wants to improve you rather than turn you into a mannequin.
- Topically applied Botox will begin clinical trials in the U.S. in late 2015, early 2016. (The new needle-free gel formulation of botulinum toxin called RT001.)