Whether it’s the rise of social media, the explosive popularity of “selfies” or just a simple desire for self-improvement, the number of people seeking procedures to enhance or change their physical appearance will continue to rise in 2015. In fact, the ASPS estimates that the number of procedures performed in 2015 at nearly 55 million. At Changes Plastic Surgery & Spa, our crystal ball reveals the following surgical and non-surgical trends for 2015.
There’s no denying the popularity of neurotoxins like Dysport and Botox for relaxing facial muscles in order to minimize forehead lines and crow’s feet. Botox was the number 1 non-surgical procedure in 2013 and stays strong as the leader going into 2015.
Soft tissue fillers like Juvederm, Restylane and Belotero will remain popular to fill in existing lines and wrinkles. At Changes, we have seen an increase in the number of patients presenting with undereye bags for which Restylane injected into the area gives nice correction.
FAT AS FILLER
A better understanding of facial aging in the past 10 years has shown the need for replacing lost fat in facial rejuvenation. As more and more women (and men) learn the importance of this aspect of anti-aging, we predict a rise in patients opting for fat grafting. Unlike many soft tissue fillers, fat injections last longer, diminishing at the rate of a person’s natural fat loss.
More studies and published articles are also educating the consumer on the power of stem cells and growth factors which are found in fat. At Changes, we anticipate an increase in patient acceptance of fat grafting for facial volume loss, in its administration, and its promise of providing powerful anti-aging benefits.
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that in 2015 only 12% of cosmetic procedures will be surgical and a whopping 88% will be non-surgical. As new techniques and modalities emerge patients are able to achieve a younger appearance through injections and laser treatments buying them time before having to consider surgical intervention.
Biostimulating agents such as Bellafill (formerly Artefill) and Sculptra are commonly used in non-surgical face lifts, as well as dermal fillers for wrinkle correction and filling hollows. Although liquid lifts will never replace surgical lifting and tightening, the “lifting” properties of BellaFill and Sculptra which stimulate your body’s own collagen and elastin production provide a viable non-surgical alternative.
Selfies, tags and FaceTime mean our image can stare back at us anytime, anywhere. This in-your-face presentation may be responsible for an expected increase in corrective facial surgical procedures such as rhinoplasty and neck contouring. Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) has historically ranked behind breast augmentation for popular surgical procedures, but if trends for 2014 continue to 2015, augmentations may slip down in number while eyelid surgery edges up.
LOVIN’ THE LOCAL
With busy lifestyles and time crunches, setting aside time for recovery after surgery is prohibitively difficult for some. In 2015, we predict an increasing number of procedures that can be performed under local sedation, making down-time and recovery much shorter and opening options for surgical rejuvenation. Dr. Gilbert Lee offers both facelift and liposuction under local. His Changes Rapid Lift tightens the skin and muscle of the mid face and neck leaving no scars and requiring less downtime (by about a week) than a facelift done under general. Changes Rapid Lipo utilizes a vibrating fat removal system that is not only less painful with less trauma, but shortens the recovery time significantly from liposuction under general.
What’s in store for the future of your face? Are you bothered by droopy eyelids, sagging cheeks, jowls? Does your selfie look like your mother? See what the future holds for you with a consultation at Changes Plastic Surgery & Spa. Get expert advice in a personal consultation by Gilbert Lee, M.D., San Diego’s Top Plastic Surgeon (Awarded by the San Diego County Medical Society 2007 through 2015).
Copyright 2014 Jill Darrah for Changes Plastic Surgery & Spa