The poppers have been popped and the champagne toasts made, which means it’s time to look forward to a sparkling new year. So what can we expect to see creating buzz in plastic surgery in 2019? With the explosion of social media and selfie-ready culture, paired with advancements in technology changing the game when it comes to aesthetic procedures, you can bet 2019 will be a year of cutting-edge techniques and expanding plastic surgery options. As with much of the beauty sphere, the ultimate buzzwords seem to be “minimal” and “natural.” Read on to find out what experts predict will dominate the cosmetic procedure scene this year.
Minimally Invasive Procedures
Gracing the top of the list: minimally invasive procedures. People are busier than ever and are no longer willing to put their lives on hold for major procedures and extensive recovery time. Luckily, thanks to technological advancements, minimally invasive options have expanded considerably in recent years and are more innovative, effective and accessible than ever.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the number of minimally invasive procedures has grown nearly 200 percent since 2000, and the trend isn’t showing signs of slowing down. Considering the pace of the modern world, this is hardly surprising. Such procedures offer less downtime, lower cost, more rapid results and more confidentiality than invasive surgical procedures.
According to RealSelf’s 2018 Aesthetics Trend Report, injectables, especially Botox, were the top-researched minimally invasive procedures on the site in 2018 and continue to rise in popularity, while the top 10 list of fastest-growing non-invasive procedures includes new tech such as more advanced dermal fillers, Halo laser and microneedling. Less invasive alternatives to traditional procedures, such as the use of injectables for once-surgical augmentation, are also hitting it big.
2019 will be marked by the rise of the “tweak-ment.” Instead of drastic, transforming treatments, patients are increasingly seeking results that are more natural-looking and less obvious — think Photoshop-enhanced versions of themselves. In short, fine-tuned “tweaks” to existing features. Along with this, cosmetic surgeons are noting a rise in “micro-optimizations”: small, hyper-specific alterations for bothersome quirks, such as the use of filler in non-traditional places like the earlobe or bridge of the nose. Following in the vein of the minimally invasive trend, people want to polish and perfect, à la Insta-ready photo-editing, not halt everything to recreate their look entirely.
Cosmetic work isn’t simply about fixing existing flaws anymore — it’s about maintenance and prevention. According to RealSelf, interest in Botox is increasing the fastest among 18- to 24-year-olds, with many patients starting to seek more minor regular treatments at a younger age rather than waiting for major procedures later on. Tying back to ubiquitous natural and minimalist movements, cosmetic procedures are no longer major disruptive, secretive instances — they’re becoming simply a part of the modern beauty routine. With earlier, more regular and less extreme treatments taking the stage and increased visibility on social media, plastic surgery has become more mainstream. Experts also predict more inclusivity, with reduced downtime and decreased stigma contributing to an increase in men getting aesthetic procedures. Overall, we can expect expanded conversations, more transparency and less stigma around cosmetic procedures in the coming year.
It’s looking to be a bright year for plastic surgery, and we’re looking forward to helping patients look and feel their best for the future! For more information on these procedures and other options available at Monarch, please call us at (913) 663-3838 or request a consultation.