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2023 Cosmetic Surgery Trends

Every year, we discuss whether certain plastic surgery procedures are becoming more or less desirable, just as we might discuss jeans styles or heel heights. Is it unsettling to consider that surgical changes to your face or body could be influenced by fashion? Sure, sure. After all, these decisions are far more permanent than switching from skinny jeans to boot cuts. However, the fact remains that plastic surgery does not exist in a vacuum; it is influenced by the economy, technology, and changes in lifestyle and culture. 

So, just as there are fashion trends in makeup, hair, and denim, there are fashion trends in plastic surgery.

Connective Bands

I think Avéli will continue to be an important part of our toolbox to treat one component of cellulite—namely, dimples and depressions. For this, Avéli is the answer, period. 

By precisely identifying and releasing the fibrous septa bands that pull down on the skin, allowing fat cells to push up and create dimpling and depressions, I can treat the root cause of cellulite on the thighs and buttocks with Avéli. I

n the meantime, we are all working on safe and reliable ways to treat skin laxity, which can surround the cellulite dimple, making it very difficult to completely treat the area where we see depressions. 

Transplanting beard and body hair to the scalp

The area of growing interest in hair restoration relates to the use of body hair—in particular, beard hair, which tends to be a bit thicker than scalp hair and provides good density—in restoring scalp hair. This is particularly desired by patients who’ve had prior work done in which the donor area was overharvested. This is something we see particularly in those patients going out of the country, where they are receiving 4,000-plus grafts in a single procedure. These cases of 3,500 or more grafts in a single procedure in most patients are designed more to maximize clinic revenue than patient outcomes. Another area of ever-growing interest is hairline lowering/forehead reduction surgery, which is capable of lowering an overly high hairline instantaneously. One surgery is the equivalent of 9,000 or more hairs.

Fat Removal

Whether you want to slim down and get rid of the last few pounds or desire a drastic change in your appearance, many minimally-invasive and surgical techniques can help with fat removal and body contouring. The benefit of plastic surgery is that you can remove fat from areas that do not respond to diet and exercise.

But remember: if you have plastic surgery for fat removal, it’s wise to change your habits after the treatment so you can prevent the weight from coming back. Plastic surgery corrects the immediate issues, but some patients follow the same habits and end up undoing the results when they gain weight again.

Changes to Previous Plastic Surgeries

While many people opt for breast lifts and augmentation, there is also a growing trend of people who want to change the results they previously achieved through plastic surgery. 

These follow-up treatments often happen for two reasons:

Updating the Appearance: If you had plastic surgery years ago, it might be time to consider your options again. The aging process can take a toll over time, resulting in the need for follow-up treatments so you can maintain the same results. In addition, this maintenance surgery extends the outcome for the future.

Revisionary Surgery: Another trend is among patients who change their minds about the previous treatments. For example, some women choose breast explants after living with implants for a while. Plastic surgeons can help with both exchanges and full removals, depending on your desired outcome.

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