The year is approaching its end, which means resolving to do and be better. For some, there’s also the desire to look and feel better, which can mean everything from vowing to go to the gym more regularly, eating healthier or taking the easy route: plastic surgery.
The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery has revealed its predictions for trends we should expect in 2015, and there are some very bizarre elective surgeries (earlobe reduction) and some old favourites (rhinoplasty).
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According to the AAFPRS, facial plastic surgeons have been getting more and more requests for small cosmetic changes over larger, more invasive procedures. What is a “small plastic surgery,” you might be asking yourself. It’s everything from mole and birthmark removal, earlobe reduction, injectible fillers in visible facial creases, upper-lip lifts and soft lifts to rejuvenate sagging cheeks, brows and jowls.
Plastic surgeons from the AAFPRS believe that a culture of selfie-takers will create demand for facial surgeries. They credit the diverse pool of faces all over social media for the speculated uptick in surgery, which they allege will include everything from rhinoplasty to eyelid rejuvenation and neck contouring.
Evidently there’s a demand for rejuvenation of the delicate eyelid area. The AAFPRS speculates that procedures to brighten aging eyes and rehabilitate lower eyelid bags and creased skin will be on the rise in 2015. Are we going to be sleeping less and working more next year? ‘Cause if so, they might have a point. Dr. Park is under the impression that of the available surgeries, blepharoplasty is the most economical of the bunch. In layman’s terms, it’s like a tummy tuck for your eyelids.
Topical Storm Botox
Fear of needles, but want Botox? 2015 might be the year for you. Turns out there’s a new topical form of the face-tightening injection, and it’s just awaiting a nod from the FDA. You’ll still need a doctor to apply it, because it’s still a drug, but goodbye needle pricks!
Also in the world of new plastic surgeries is a potential treatment for double chins. The FDA hasn’t acted yet, but there are new, fat-melting injections that are expected to help reduce the appearance of double chins. Much like topical Botox, it is just awaiting approval.
Blurring the Lines
Plastic surgeon Dr. Stephen Park believes that the waters of plastic surgery are set to become a little less murky. On nose jobs, Park stresses, “Today someone wants a rhinoplasty for functional reasons may also desire a cosmetic benefit, and people who opt for the procedure to correct a bump or another concern also want to breathe better.”