The desire to look perfect has never been greater than it is today. Our obsession with selfies and having a perfectly photoshopped look online and in real life fuels this trend. According to statistics, minimally invasive cosmetic procedures have increased by almost 200 percent since the year 2000. The speed of advancements in cosmetic technology is also fueling the industry. Here are seven trends for plastic surgery in 2019.
Quick, minimally invasive procedures are on the rise. These procedures cost less, have fewer complications and less downtime. There is also less stigma associated with these procedures than with major surgeries that alter appearance in radical ways. Injectable procedures are convenient and can be done during a lunch break with immediate results.
2. More male procedures
In the past, there was more stigma for men to perfect their appearance via plastic surgery. A preoccupation with appearance has been viewed as more of a feminine pursuit. However, new procedures that are simple and quick with subtle changes are less likely to garner notice or judgment, so men are electing aesthetic procedures more frequently.
3. Tweaks rather than transformations
People’s idea of a successful procedure has changed from a dramatic transformation to a slight improvement that retains the original look with some minor tweaks. People are less likely to request procedures to make them look like a supermodel or Barbie doll. Patients are more interested in looking more like the photoshopped or filtered photos of themselves in real life. For example, breast augmentations will still be popular, but with smaller and more naturally shaped enhancements.
4. Niche procedures
There is a growing demand for small procedures on very specific areas and non-traditional parts of the body. For example, Instead of filling cheekbones or jawlines, patients might request procedures on more unusual areas such as earlobes or the bridge of the nose to correct damage.
5. Body contouring
Various procedures to sculpt and reduce body fat will continue to increase in demand. The advancements in non-invasive fat reduction are making these procedures more accessible and desirable to patients. This trend will be fueled by a new procedure called EmSculpt. It is finally available in the U.S., and it is the first noninvasive procedure that sculpts both fat and muscle. It works by stimulating muscles to mimic the effects of working out.
6. Less travel for cheap procedures
In the past, people often traveled to countries where procedures were cheaper in order to mitigate the cost of expensive procedures like breast augmentation and facelifts. However, this trend is becoming less prevalent. Patients are starting to realize that cheap surgeries tend to cost more in the long run because they often need to spend more to fix or revise cheap third-world surgeries.
7. Younger patients
People are beginning to see the advantage of receiving treatments at a younger age in order to prevent the effects of aging that happen later in life. Early tweaks can prevent invasive, radical procedures in the future.