BY DALE HARRIS
In 2017, there was a surge in lip augmentations and fillers.
It’s a trend that began in 2015 and continued through 2016. One surgeon, Dr. Simon Ourian, claims it’s all because of Kylie Jenner.
It’s amazing considering how lip augmentations weren’t even that popular 10 years ago. When it comes to minimally invasive procedures, the top five back then were:
- Chemical peel
- Laser hair removal
- Hyaluronic acid injections
As for plastic surgery trends in 2018? Read on to find out!
1. Fat Transfer
If you’ve ever wished you can transfer the fat from your hips and thighs into other parts of your body such as your breasts or your butt, this is the answer. Also known as fat grafting, fat transfer surgery involves removal of fat from one part of the body through liposuction and injecting it someplace else.
Aside from enhancing breasts or butts, fat transfer surgery can be used to enhance cheeks, as well as plump up lower eyelids. Since it uses your own fat, you can say that it’s a more “natural” option compared to using silicone gel-filled implants or synthetic wrinkle fillers.
Of course, it’s not a perfect solution. If you have a history of breast cancer in your family, you can’t get fat transfer surgery. That’s because the newly injected cells can interfere with certain breast cancer screenings.
Also, if you’re looking for a big increase in breast size, you’ll need multiple injection sessions. Fat transfer surgery is best for women who are only looking to have a relatively small increase in breast size and already have a good lift and contour.
As far as plastic surgery trends in 2018 go, rhinoplasty is one of those procedures that dips and soars in popularity. This year, it’s on the up again.
Also known as nose reshaping surgery, rhinoplasty isn’t just about making the nose smaller. Rhinoplasty may involve correction of bumps, indentations, or other nose defects. And it may also mean changing the nose’s angle or its tip.
Most of the time it’s an outpatient procedure. But there are cases where a patient may need to stay for a night in the hospital or surgery clinic. Like other surgical procedures, rhinoplasty comes with risks.
For example, the procedure can cause a serious nasal blockage due to swelling inside the nose. Infections are also possible. This is why preventive antibiotics are usually given after surgery to minimize the occurrence of infections.
Blepharoplasty is more commonly known as an eyelid lift. But it’s a misnomer.
During surgery, the eyelid isn’t really lifted. What actually happens is the surgery makes a number of incisions so he or she can remove skin and fat, creating a crease. There’s also lower eyelid surgery, which when combined with laser resurfacing, help reduce lines and wrinkles.
Sometimes, insurance carriers will cover the cost of blepharoplasty, especially when the procedure is being done so that the patient can see better. In this case, it becomes a medically indicated procedure. But of course, you must submit supporting documents for your coverage to kick in.
4. Vaginal Rejuvenation
Here’s one of the biggest plastic surgery trends in 2018.
Some of the benefits aside from improved aesthetics include increased pleasure during sex, decreased pain, and menopausal relief. Non-invasive vaginal rejuvenation has also been used to ease vaginal dryness, solve urinary leaking and atrophy, as well as organic dysfunction.
If you’re keen on getting vaginal rejuvenation, look for a clinic that specializes in it. You can learn more about vaginal rejuvenation here.
If you’re scared of getting a traditional facelift, you might want to try this nonsurgical option using ultrasound technology.
Ultherapy is an FDA-cleared procedure that helps stimulate collagen production. The best candidates for Ultherapy are those who have sagging skin and superficial wrinkles on the face, neck, and chest. It also works well for those who are experiencing droopiness in the brow area.
Since it’s a nonsurgical procedure, there is zero to minimal downtime. You can resume regular activities after treatment. Results become visible within a few days and can last for up to three months.
6. Laser Bra Lift
There’s a new rival to breast reductions and it’s called “The Laser Bra Lift.” It’s a non-invasive procedure that uses a CO2 laser to create a full, perky look.
Perfect candidates for this procedure are women who have drooping breasts due to aging, childbearing, and weight loss. It was pioneered by Dr. Grant Stevens, a surgeon who practices in Southern California.
The Laser Bra Lift promises breasts that look lifted in a natural position. Other benefits include a more beautiful contour, nipple preservation, and longlasting results.
7. Eye Fillers
For people who want to get rid of their dark circles, eye fillers are a good option. The most common type is an injectable of hyaluronic acid, which a naturally occurring sugar in the body.
It’s a quick procedure. You can be in and out of the clinic in under an hour. But the results could last up to 9 months.
Some side effects you could have after the procedure include bruising, swelling, and some mild discomfort at the site of the injection. If you want to try eye fillers, make sure you get them from a licensed dermatologist.
There have been cases where a blood vessel has been wrongly injected with a filler. When unrecognized, this can cause scarring, tissue scarring, or worse, blindness. This is one procedure you shouldn’t get from a back alley surgeon, even if you find the $800 to $1,000 cost prohibitive.
Which Plastic Surgery Trends Will You Go For?
Now that you know plastic surgery trends in 2018, it’s time to decide. Will you jump on the trends or will you give yourself more time to consider undergoing a cosmetic procedure?
Whatever you decide, just make sure you do your research. And if you decide to go for it, get the best surgeon you can find.