Summary: Sometimes the field of plastic surgery moves so quickly that it can be difficult to keep up with all the changes. What’s new and novel might get lost. That’s why we’re looking at some of the biggest news stories from 2016 in the field of plastic surgery. We’re going to take a look at what made the biggest impacts!
What was the Biggest Plastic Surgery News of 2016?
What were the big stories in plastic surgery during the year of 2016? It’s funny, on the one hand, 2016 flew by in a hurry. On the other hand, it’s hard to remember anything except 2016. It’s like the year that would never end. Well, except now it’s ending. And this is a good a time as any to look back and see what the biggest plastic surgery stories of 2016 were.
It’s always nice to do these retrospective roundups because it provides a sense of where we’ve been and where we’re going. There was a time when the silicone breast implant was the biggest story of the year. There was a time when Botox was the biggest story of the decade. And each of those times gives us some insight into what was going on then.
So lets take a look at the some of biggest plastic surgery news stories of 2016.
Introduction of Kyeblla
Perhaps the biggest splash made by a new product or procedure was that caused by Kybella. An injectable that changed the paradigm of injectables, Kybella is the first product of its kind that actually eliminates fat. This is a remarkable development because, up until now, the only way to eliminate fat had been through surgery.
To be sure, Kybella is still somewhat limited. It can only be used around the jawline (its primary function now is to get rid of the so-called “double chin”), but that could be changing in the future. I wouldn’t be shocked to see surgeons attempt to leverage Kybella in other areas, such as the belly. Only time will tell, but Kybella certainly made a splash when it was announced earlier this year!
If you want to know more about Kybella, you could talk to your cosmetic surgeon and see if this novel (and mostly effective) procedure is right for you. It may take several months to see your best results, but for many patients, that’s much better than surgery.
Social media is everywhere in 2016, and plastic surgery is no exception. This year, so-called “Dr. Miami” made headlines because of the way he SnapChats his plastic surgery procedures. For those who don’t know, SnapChat is a messaging and social media service in which messages (usually images) disappear after a short time.
It’s a great way to share short snippets of video or images. And Dr. Miami used it to great effect, showcasing short little snippets from his patients and his procedures. In this way, people got to see more of the plastic surgery world.
And the trend has caught on. More and more surgeons are using SnapChat to offer followers unique insights into popular procedures. It’s important to note, of course, that a surgeon should only ever be doing this if he or she has the permission of the patient on the table. The prevalence of social media definitely raises some interesting privacy questions, but for surgeons, patient privacy always comes first.
Still, there’s no denying that social media is growing ever more popular, and more and more plastic surgeons are getting on board with this particular trend. We’ll likely see it grow in the coming year!
Fat Graft Procedures
The last major development is the continued popularity of fat graft procedures. You knew them in the form of the Brazilian Butt Lift, but now we’ve got fat graft breast augmentation procedures and fat graft facelift procedures—you name it.
I think the popularity of these procedures stems from the fact that they’re quite effective in that two-birds, one-stone kind of way. You get to eliminate fat (which is a popular goal) and put it somewhere that it’s a bit more useful (also a popular goal).
So the fact that these procedures are suddenly quite popular should, perhaps, not be too surprising. The fact that autologous fat is taking the place of so many implant types is not necessarily a bad thing in all cases (though there are certainly trade offs), so it also wouldn’t be shocking if we’re talking about even more procedures next year.
The Tip of the Iceberg
These three big news stories from 2016 are not even close to the extent of big plastic surgery stories last year. Though, they’re a start (we didn’t even cover all the celebrities getting plastic surgery).
But plastic and cosmetic surgery are fields that are constantly innovating. It’s hard to keep up with all the changes. One thing is for sure. Next year, we’re likely to see even more innovation!