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Plastic Surgery Trends that are Gaining Momentum

Plastic surgery trends that are gaining momentum may not be what you expect. Currently Liposuction and breast augmentation are still the most commonly performed procedures, but plastic surgeons said that cultural shifts and breakthroughs in science have recently boosted the popularity of some less well-known procedures. Doctors who spoke to TIME said women are focusing on three other goals: smoother, fattier face, bigger butts, and a smaller, tighter labia.

Lately the hottest thing in plastic surgery has been a new drug designed to erase a patient’s double chin called Kybella—an injection that destroys fat cells beneath the chin and it was just recently approved by the FDA. But plastic surgeons say the biggest trends in the field that are gaining momentum are actually adding fat (volume) to the face.  As people age, they lose volume in their face and by adding back a little fat, either in addition to a face lift or on its own, will be a popular procedure, said Dr. Edwin Williams, president-elect of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Physicians are just starting to learn why the process, called fat grafting or volumetric restoration, works. “I’ve talked about it for a long time,” says Dr. Sydney Coleman, a plastic surgeon in New York City, “but we are now just beginning to scientifically understand it.” What doctors have learned is that adding fat grafts reorganizes the elastic fibers under the skin, making the patient look more youthful.

The biggest jump in plastic surgery in 2014 was buttock augmentation, gluteoplasty, which climbed to a whopping 86% compared to the previous year, according to statistics compiled by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. The total number of such procedures was 21,446 in 2014, according to an estimated projection based on questionnaires collected from 786 practicing plastic surgeons, otolaryngologists and dermatologists. Dr. Michael Edwards, president of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, attributes the trend to high-profile celebrities like Kim Kardashian, who nearly broke the Internet with her butt last November, but he predicts it will be more of a “blip” than a long-term trend. Shape Magazine weighed in on the booming trend as well.

Even more surprising perhaps, was the 49% increase last year in labiaplasty, a procedure to reduce the size of, or repair the labia minora, the inner labia of female genitalia. The same data from the Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Society stated there were 7,535 procedures done in 2014, a trend Edwards attributed to rising awareness that a procedure like this is even available. Edwards said women can be very self-conscious if their labia are big enough to appear as a bulge when they are wearing a swimsuit, and may also find it more comfortable to do activities such as running if the size is reduced. In the second study, ASPS Member Surgeon Ashit Patel, MB, ChB, of Albany (N.Y.) Medical Center and colleagues analyzed research on the outcomes of vaginal labiaplasty. A review of 19 articles identified nearly 1,950 women undergoing labiaplasty for aesthetic and/or functional reasons. But whatever the procedure, or the latest trend, it’s clear that people are feeling more and more comfortable in pursuing cosmetic surgeries that make them feel better about themselves. Shyness is going out the window. In fact the number of cosmetic procedures performed in America has grown six-fold since 1997, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, from 1.7 million to 10.6 million!

If you are seeking more information on facial and body reconstruction and plastic surgery you should make an appointment with a board certified plastic surgeon like Dr Aguiar. At Aguiar Plastic Surgery, we offer state-of-the art, safe, and effective cosmetic procedures, plastic surgery, reconstructive surgery, and Med Spa services in Tampa, Florida. We can discuss your concerns and give you an honest consultation that is designed and tailored to create an appearance on the outside that will reflect how you feel on the inside.

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