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Trends in Plastic Surgery


Posted May 15, 2021 in Plastic Surgery

Plastic surgery has always been deeply connected to trends — and to trendiness. Styles, trends and fads continually send clients streaming into the offices of top plastic surgeons. Some prospective patients want to look exactly like a celebrity; others have read about exciting new concepts such as snatched jawlines, heart-shaped lips or perfectly angled noses. The changing phases in consumer taste keep plastic surgery at the leading edge of culture and fashion.

All of these individual preferences combine to create the inexorably upward trend line of plastic surgery itself. Across the decades, plastic surgery procedures have continued to gain in popularity, even as old stigmas and inhibitions have fallen away. Here, trusted Sacramento plastic surgeon Dr. Scott Green reviews some of the key variables that are behind plastic surgery’s growing appeal.

Compelling Choices

When the American Society of Plastic Surgeons last quantified plastic surgery’s popularity, it found that the number of Americans considering a plastic surgery procedure in the near future had reached its highest number ever. That was in 2019, before the pandemic; but follow-up data demonstrate that the momentum has continued through the months of lockdowns and virtual consultations.

Respondents who had tried plastic surgery in the past were especially enthusiastic about choosing an additional procedure. This was particularly true of dermal fillers, Botox, breast augmentation, liposuction and abdominoplasty.

In 2019, patients continued to line up for Botox, with 7.69 injections reported, topping dermal fillers with 2.72 million injections, which boasts its own consistently upward trend line. That same year the top procedures in the U.S. were breast augmentation, liposuction, eye enhancement procedures, rhinoplasty, facelift, abdominoplasty, breast lift, and breast reduction. Six of these top ten are body contouring surgeries.

More of Less

Even as interest in body contouring procedures has risen substantially, many patients have been turning to less-invasive options before choosing surgery. The strong appeal of dermal fillers is one reason for this. Each year, new varieties of these convenient injectables become available; sometimes with very specific applications, such as the ability to target lip lines, forehead creases and under-eye bags.

This may account for what the survey showed was a slight decrease in interest in rhinoplasty and eye surgeries such as blepharoplasty and brow lift: Several types of dermal fillers are able to build volume around the nose or smooth lines near the eyes.

To learn more about plastic surgery options, and to schedule your personal consultation with Sacramento plastic surgeon Dr. Scott Green, please call (916) 929-1833 or request an appointment online today.