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Current Trends in Plastic Surgery

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15 Dec 2018 - General

The breast augmentation trends of the 2000s have become a thing of the past as the selfie culture and Instagram models dominate the beauty community with the plumped-lips trend.

According to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) surveys, more than half of reconstructive surgery patients state looking better in selfies as the main reason for deciding on a procedure.

Moreover, patients report feeling more encouraged now to make a change they postponed due to a stigma that was previously associated with plastic surgery. Anyhow, plastic surgery trends are changing and developing with or due to social media and other social contexts. Here is the list of some of the most significant shifts and trends concerning reconstructive surgery.

PRP Injections

Not entirely new, as they have been used in maxillofacial and plastic surgery since the 1960s, platelet-rich plasma injections belong to a group of non-surgical reconstructive procedures aimed at soft tissue regeneration.

Platelets and growth factors are extracted from the patient’s own blood and then injected into areas that need rejuvenation, such as aging skin or hair loss areas. It is actually their versatility of use combined with a growing amount of empirical support that puts the PRP injection procedures on the list of the reconstructive trends to watch out for in the following period.

The Arm Lift

The sagging skin on our upper arms – something we are all dreading. It is no wonder that the arm lift procedure has made its way onto the list of the most popular plastic surgery trends. Whether due to aging, genetics or losing a significant amount of weight, the sagging skin as one of the most stubborn issues is most often left to experts in plastic surgery.

Brachioplasty is a surgical procedure that includes eliminating fat and excess skin, and fixing and flattening the tissue. As a result, patients are left with toned and healthy-looking upper arms.

The Non-Surgical Nose Job

One of the most popular trends in plastic surgery originating in the social media perfection game, the non-surgical rhinoplasty, is taking over the traditional approach. The 15-minute procedure uses injectables of hyaluronic acid fillers to fill in the areas where needed in order to achieve a more proportioned look of the nose.

The results usually last up to two years. With its non-invasive character, short duration of the procedure, and great results, the non-surgical nose job is gaining more and more supporters.

Chest Reduction

As far as the male population is concerned, one of the most common reasons for seeing a plastic surgeon is gynecomastia. The condition is characterised by enlarged breast tissue due to a hormonal imbalance. If pronounced, the issue can lead to certain psychological problems as well, such as embarrassment and withdrawal.

The procedure removes the extra fat and tissue in order to create a tighter chest form. As society is adopting the changed perspective that is more in favour of plastic surgery, a growing number of men each year are making a decision to undergo breast reduction surgery.

Eye Fillers

Overall, the use of fillers is expected to gain new momentum, expanding to areas other than the lips. Fillers are substitutes for classical surgeries, as the effects they create are not irreversible, therefore patients are more comfortable choosing this option, especially if they are new to the reconstruction game. In addition to nose jobs, fillers are expected to see increased use in the around-the-eye area.

Fillers in the upper and lower eyelids are done in order to smooth the fine lines and renew the vitality of the tissue and skin around eyes. The minimally invasive character of the procedure is another reason these and other injectables are becoming more popular each year.



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