Despite an eight-week elective surgery shut down across the US at the height of the pandemic, 2020 saw a big boom in the number of plastic surgical procedures. Far from being a temporary trend, aesthetic surgery is still on a high.
The rise of remote work arrangements has led to what surgeons at The Aesthetic Society are calling “a crazy demand,” so if you are due back for office work, take note.
Your colleagues may look considerably younger and more ‘refreshed’ than they did the last time you saw them.
If you were interested in a nip and tuck yourself, then stay abreast of the trends taking over the industry.
Data obtained from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons has revealed that clients are seeking a balance between facial and bodily procedures, in contrast to recent years (in which the focus was mainly on the face)
Body reshaping is one of the most solicited procedures, though the term can actually cover more than one surgical intervention.
Some surgeons, for instance, are carrying out breast and butt augmentations on the same day.
Others are conducting liposuction and autologous fat transfer (the transfer of fat from one area of the body to the other to augment curves or harmonize features).
Body contouring can also involve removing excess skin that arises after significant weight loss.
Thanks to technologies such as laminar airflow (which avoids contamination during surgery), carrying out total body reshaping procedures is safer than it has ever been.
Plastic Surgery Tourism
Elective surgical procedures can vary greatly from state to state and many clients are willing to go abroad or shop nationwide to save on costs.
For instance, the services of a top surgeon in L.A. or New York can cost significantly more than in Seattle or Dallas.
Thus, clients living in New York may deem seeking plastic surgery in NJ or MS a more economically viable option.
Medical tourism is one of the reasons why some of the most surgically active cities (in addition to typical ones like New York, Miami, and Los Angeles) are much smaller.
In recent research undertaken by Forbes, for instance, it was revealed that the town that ranked first in terms of cosmetic procedures was Salt Lake City.
Rhinoplasties and Nose Reshaping
The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) reports that the most popular procedure in 2021 was that of rhinoplasties (or nose reshaping).
The boom in video conferencing and social media has meant that people are seeing what they look like up close.
Many are seeking to harmonize their features through this popular procedure.
Fillers and Botox
Facial fillers (such as Juvederm and Restylane) and Botox continue to be popular alternatives for those wishing to ‘turn back the hands of time’ without going under the knife.
Many clients are opting for autologous fat transfer, which involves using their own fat to fill specific areas of the face.
Fat is taken from elsewhere in the body, put through a centrifugal machine, and reinjected into the face or body as required.
Plastic surgery is going through a resurgence. The boom began during the pandemic but it is continuing to hold sway in the era of remote work.
Top trends have not changed too much when compared to those of past years.
However, there is a growing interest in finding a balance between facial and bodily procedures, with body reshaping or contouring enjoying great demand.