As a Michigan board certified plastic surgeon, I belong to two plastic surgery associations: The ASPS (American Society of Plastic Surgeons) and the ASAPS (American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery). The ASAPS recently released their predictions for the hottest procedures and treatments for 2018. Here are four of the top predictions!
1. Dermal fillers. My Michigan plastic surgery patients love dermal fillers as a way to maintain a youthful appearance! As time goes on, the prediction is that fillers will get even better—more “bendable” for the face when it animates. You can trust my many years of experience to select the right filler for the job (softer fillers for lips and firmer ones for cheeks, for example), and to inject just the right amount.
2. Prejuvenation. This is a new word! It basically stands for the use of Botox and fillers before the appearance of wrinkles, sagging, and/or age spots. If, for example, we use Botox to stop your forehead from creating creases, and lasers to keep your skin producing lots of collagen (the building-blocks of youthful skin), I’m sure you can see that you will actually avoid creating these wrinkles and sagging! Cool idea, right? It’s a trend!
3. Non-surgical rhinoplasty (nose jobs), also called injectable rhinoplasty or lunchtime nose jobs. No, we can’t do a complete rhinoplasty with injectables (Radiesse, Juvéderm, etc) but it’s possible to make a nose smoother, more symmetrical, and more or less pronounced, with dermal fillers. The experts say this will become even more popular as patients on the go desire physical improvements without the downtime of surgery. (Keep in mind that the “downside” of injectables is the fact they don’t last long—some last only 3-4 months, while a rhinoplasty lasts—essentially—forever).
4. More Men Opting In. Based on numbers from previous years, this is an ongoing trend. Men are jumping on the bandwagon of physical improvement and why not? They’re in the work force, the romance force and they’re aging just like the rest of us. At one time, a man wouldn’t be caught dead going into a manicure parlor but you see them in there all the time now. Cosmetic improvements are no different! According to a survey by the American Academy of Facial, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, over 30% of surveyed men said they were “extremely likely” to consider a cosmetic procedure (surgical or nonsurgical). Of those men, 58% wre between 25 and 34 and 34% were younger.