Summary: It’s an impossible task when it comes to figuring out what’s coming next in the field of the newest plastic surgery trends. But maybe figuring out what’s next isn’t quite as important as reflecting back on where we’ve come from. Taking a look at some of the newest plastic surgery trends in comparison to trends of old might give us a nice kind of insight. Let’s take a look.
Tracking The Newest Plastic Surgery Trends
It should shock no one if I say that plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery are particularly susceptible to trends. They pop up all the time. Part of this is, I think, because cosmetic surgeons are always looking for a new and better way to accomplish the same things. This leads to some trends (when was the last time you heard about the Vampire Facelift, for example). Part of this is due to the fact that, in order to get the attention of patients, many surgeons will rename procedures to more accurately convey the end results. For example, the Vampire Facelift becomes Platelet-Rich-Plasma injections or something to that effect.
Due to these impulses, cosmetic and plastic surgery tends to change year after year after year. But there are some mainstays. Breast augmentation is perennially popular. So is, basically, a facelift. It’s interesting, then, to take a look at what’s popular now, in 2015, and what was popular, say, fifteen years ago in the year 2000. With the newest release of data by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, it’s not possible to make those comparisons (mostly—the data is for the year 2014, but we figure that’s close enough).
The Rise and Fall of Certain Procedures
First, let’s look at what’s remained popular. Breast augmentation was popular in 2000 with roughly 212,000 performed that year. In 2014, over 286,000 were performed. Yes, that’s a rise of 35%–meaning that breast augmentation continues to grow in popularity. But it also means that it has remained popular. Another such procedure that has remained popular is the tummy tuck. In 2000, plastic surgeons performed 62,000 or so tummy tuck procedures. In the year 2014, surgeons performed over 117,000 tummy tucks. That’s a huge increase (something like 85%). Part of the reason for this may be that pain management after a tummy tuck has certainly improved.
But what about those plastic surgery procedures that have fallen. There are certainly some of them. Blepharoplasty is a procedure that was performed quite often in 2000 (in fact, over 300,00 of these were performed). Compare that to the year 2014, when only 206,000 were performed, and you can see a significant drop. Why? Part of it may have to do with changing priorities of patients, but part of it may have to do with the availability of non surgical alternative procedures suddenly becoming much more available. And that brings us to our next observation.
Non Surgical Procedures Have Taken Off!
Non surgical procedures have become immensely popular since the early 2000s. In some ways, this is likely due to the relatively late introduction of some non surgical procedures. It can sometimes take a while for a procedure to be considered safe and popular enough to gain wide adoption. These are relatively recent trends. But I think part of this is due to a simple emphasis on improving the results of non surgical procedures, of giving patients the ability to get results without surgery. Let’s take a look at how some of these procedures have grown:
- Botox: In 2000, there were 780,000 Botox procedures performed. Seems like a lot, right? Well, in 2014, there were over 6.6 million Botox procedures performed! That’s an almost 750% increase. Botox is one of the most popular non surgical procedures in the world, and it just seems to keep getting more popular.
- Laser Skin Resurfacing: This procedure was still relatively novel in 2000, when something like 170,000 of these procedures were performed. Cut to 2014, and we see over 543,000 laser skin resurfacing procedures. This is largely because today’s lasers are much more effective (and better advertised).
- Fillers: We all know that fillers are popular today. From Juvederm to Voluma to Radiesse, these dermal fillers can mitigate wrinkles and make you look younger. In 2014, over 2.3 million of these injections were given. Compare that to the year 2000, when only 650,000 filler procedures were performed. That’s a huge increase.
The continued popularity of these non surgical procedures, from nose job fixes in Los Angeles to wrinkle solutions in New York, shows the benefits of trendy cosmetic surgery procedures.
Sometimes the Trend Can be Good
It’s true that trends follow a certain trajectory. Something comes along, gets popular, and then quietly goes away. Then again, sometimes it’s here to stay. Just look at Botox. The trend can sometimes coincide with something that changes the face of cosmetic surgery as we know it. And that can be a good thing for everybody.