The start of each year brings about new trends in plastic surgery that look to be the next big thing in the industry. Plastic surgery is often viewed by the public as a quick and easy way to make changes in their appearance whether it is breast augmentation to gain a larger size to the breasts, rhinoplasty to alter the size and shape of the nose or liposuction that eliminates fat and contours the body. In the past few years, cosmetic surgeries such as Brazilian butt lift (BBL) have grown in popularity while injectable dermal fillers and Botox have remained a popular option over having a surgical facelift. In addition, CoolSculpting is an option that is being picked by those who want a more contoured look to the body without having an invasive surgical procedure. Let’s take a look at some plastic surgery procedures that were big in 2022 but might not remain top of mind in 2023.
Cosmetic Treatments that are Viewed as Being “Last Year”
As the years pass, plastic surgery evolves and improves as new technology is developed in order to make medical advancements possible for the public to enjoy. Some of the treatments listed below look to be on their way out because the trends they followed are over or they might have been determined to be risky to the health of the patient. Here are cosmetic treatments that look to be over in 2023:
- The “Fox Eye” thread lift is a minimally invasive procedure that uses skin-lifting threads that are placed under the skin to lift the upper eyelids. The procedure became popular among younger patients who wanted to enhance their look in order to gain the appearance they saw on some of their favorite celebrities. The decrease in popularity of the treatment can be traced back to some patients not being happy with the look on a long-term basis as some of them find it to be unnatural in appearance. In addition, some of the common side effects of the treatment include redness, bruising, swelling, itching, and a possibility of an infection in the treated area.
- While dermal fillers remain a poplar option to add volume to the face and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, there are some instances when substances other than hyaluronic acid (a substance that is naturally found in the body) are used to create fillers and examples include bovine collagen and poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA). Dermal fillers can sometimes cause lumpiness with the results so many patients are not using fillers not made from hyaluronic acid. If hyaluronic acid is used in the fillers, doctors can inject hyaluronidase, which is a substance that will melt the filler, if the patient is not happy with the results.
- Another trend that looks to be going away in 2023 is the overfilled look that sometimes results from too much dermal filler being placed in the targeted area on the face. The use of too much dermal filler can give a person a look that is unnatural in appearance including an overly filled or overly plump look as well as a bloated and heavy look to the overfilled area. The public is following the trend of wanting to get rid of a look to the fillers that is over filled and trying for a look that is natural.
- One of the biggest plastic surgery trends in the last few years has been choosing a surgeon to perform a procedure based on pictures they post on their social media accounts. While this has been a popular trend in recent years, many patients are starting to realize they will not be able to gain the exact look they want to achieve form viewing the results of others on social media. Each patient is different and that means the results will differ for each person. It is important to perform proper research and choose a doctor based on factors such as their medical background, experience, skills, and board-certification. In addition, photos that are posted on social media sites such as Instagram can be deceiving as they can easily be altered and enhanced using filters on the app. While this is not always the case with plastic surgeons, there are likely some unqualified or “fake medical professionals” who will post altered photos to try and get the attention of those interested in a certain treatment. Patients should also ask to see “before and after” photos of actual patients treated by the doctor in order to get a better idea about the type of results they can expect to see after the procedure.
- There has been a lot of media coverage about the procedure known as a Brazilian butt lift (BBL). A BBL gives the patient an increased contour and size to the butt through the injection of fat taken from another part of the body. The final result is a fuller and rounder look to the buttocks. However, there are some risks that are making patients think twice about having the surgery including fluid collection, deep vein thrombosis (blood clots), and even an overly filled look that does not give a natural appearance to the final results.