Cosmetic surgery in general has been increasing each year and many of the most popular procedures involve the face. Top minimally invasive cosmetic procedures include Botox, fillers, chemical peels, and microdermabrasion. The top surgical cosmetic procedures are breast augmenation, rhinoplasty, eyelid & facelift surgery, as well as liposuction.
We’ll likely see more of all procedures in 2015 but experts at the American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery predict 8 top trends in facial plastic surgery for upcoming new year.
Cosmetic and reconstructive facial plastic surgery will blend together much more in 2015 that previous years. “Today someone who wants a rhinoplasty for functional reasons may also desire a cosmetic benefit, and people who opt for the procedure to correct a bump or another concern also want to breathe better,” says Dr. Park.
This is something many doctors refer patients to Dr. Thompson for as he understands both the functional and cosmetic aspects of the nose. Septorhinoplasty (functional & often cosmetic) patients have continued to increase and will likely continue seeking Dr. Thompson’s surgical skills to fix their breathing problems and cosmetic concerns.
Dr. Thompson also sees a great deal of patient who have had large portions of skin cancer removed from their face that are referred to him for the reconstruction (MOHS Reconstruction). Many of these patients opt for cosmetic procedures following their reconstruction or during the same time. Common additional procedures include facelift surgery, eyelid surgery, Botox and dermal fillers.
Facial plastic surgeons, including Dr. Thompson, or increasingly combining cosmetic procedures for enhanced results. Using fillers plus Botox is great for facial rejuvenation and can add to surgical results as well. Many laser procedures are done with skincare products to boost efficacy. Many facial procedures in combination can exponentially increase the benefits of individual stand alone therapies.
The selfie trend shows no sign of slowing down in 2015. Growing numbers of teens and adults are opting for facial cosmetic surgery after being more cognizant of their appearance all over social media. Experts expect an uptick in rhinoplasty, eyelid rejuvenation and neck contouring requests from those seeking to improve their “selfies”.
On Golden Pond
We’ve been hearing over and over for the last month that 70 is the new 50 as active seniors of today strive to look as young as they feel and act. “It’s increasingly common for women and men in their 60s and 70s to seek out the expertise of facial plastic surgeons to maintain a youthful appearance. As less invasive techniques continue to evolve, coupled with people living better and longer, there is really no maximum age for cosmetic procedures anymore,” said Dr. Park.
A recent study shows that octogenerians are at no higher risk for complications from cosmetic surgery than their younger counterparts undergoing the same procedures. This will likely encourage even more seniors to consider facial cosmetic surgery in 2015.
Advances in rejuvenating the eyelids are exploding. This is great for many who feel their eyes are making them look much older and/or tired than they actual are or feel. Procedures to brighten aging eyes and rejuvenate lower eyelids bags and crepey skin will soar in the New Year. “When it comes to rejuvenation procedures, blepharoplasty often offers the most bang for the buck. The surgery can be performed in an accredited ambulatory surgery center under local anesthesia by a board certified facial plastic surgeon. It can take years off your face, with minimal risks, side effects and recovery time,” said Dr. Park. For patients wishing to avoid surgery, there are many non-surgical options available.
Fat Still Phat
Fat grafting will continue to be the biggest trend in 2015 thanks to refinements in harvesting techniques as well as more reliable results with or without surgery. “Research on the power of stem cells and growth factors found in fat will also help confirm the place for fat in the facial plastic surgery hall of fame,” says Dr. Park.
The Small Stuff
Patients are increasingly interested in little tweaks as sometimes less really is more when it comes to cosmetic surgery. Dr. Thompson has been noticing this trend over the last few years with many patients seeking fillers for hollows in the face, such as the temples and jawline, or laser technology to remove moles and birthmarks. Younger patients begin Botox early to prevent signs of aging and typically need a smaller amount of Botox to achieve their goals.
Coming Soon to a Syringe Near You
Many facial plastic surgeons are anticipating a new fat-melting injection to help reduce the dreaded double chin that could possibly be released in 2015, though no one knows exactly when the FDA will act. Another anticipated product includes a new form of Botox that would simply be revolutionary. Stay tuned for exciting updates in the year to come.
AAFPRS: The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is the world’s largest specialty association for facial plastic surgery. It represents more than 2,700 facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons throughout the world. The AAFPRS is a National Medical Specialty Society of the American Medical Association (AMA), and holds an official seat in both the AMA House of Delegates and the American College of Surgeons board of governors. AAFPRS members are board certified surgeons whose focus is surgery of the face, head, and neck. AAFPRS members subscribe to a code of ethics. In addition, the AAFPRS provide consumers with free information and brochures and a list of qualified facial plastic surgeons in their area by visiting the AAFPRS website, www.AAFPRS.org.