Beauty is a cultural phenomenon, and there will always be shifting trends in what’s perceived as attractive or not. This is true for clothing, hairstyles, and even plastic surgery. Celebrities often influence these trends, and can cause a huge surge in procedures that were relatively rare in prior years. So what did the plastic surgery landscape look like in 2014? Thanks to the statistics released by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) earlier this year, we now have a glimpse into what Americans were choosing at the plastic surgeon’s office in 2014.
Major Procedures Still Rule
It’s not a surprise that classic procedures such as liposuction and breast augmentation still dominate the industry. These procedures are less affected by trends because they show such reliable results and address concerns that many Americans share year after year. While the top surgical procedures shift a bit with each survey, these classic treatments are relatively stable, and consistently help patients gain confidence and self-esteem when the procedure is performed by a qualified plastic surgeon. These popular procedures tend to be safe and effective, with many surgeons becoming highly experienced in performing them and giving patients great results. The most popular surgeries include:
- Breast Augmentation
- Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)
Non-invasive treatments such as injectable fillers and skin treatments continue to grow in popularity, and there are many reasons why. These procedures offer patients great results with little to no downtime, a fairly painless experience, and excellent results at an accessible price point. In addition, these treatments are suitable for many different patients and involve very low rates of complications. Here are some of the most popular minimally and non-invasive treatments that were performed in 2014:
- Botulinum toxin injections (Botox/Dysport)
- Soft Tissue Fillers (Hyaluronic Acid & Other Formulas)
- Chemical Peels
- Laser Hair Removal
Celebrities have fueled an uptick in buttock augmentation over the last year, with a huge increase in these procedures. However, the number of buttock augmentations performed is still a tiny number compared with procedures such as liposuction and breast augmentation.
It seems that many women are undergoing breast revision surgery to replace old implants or switch to newer implant types, now that the choices in materials have expanded. New breast implant types include the “gummy bear” silicone implants as well as the return of the silicone gel implants (at one time banned) in the last few years.
Skipping the Trends: The Importance of Customization
While many people look to entertainment icons and other celebrities for inspiration, there is a danger in this practice: incompatibility and individualization. What looks good on a celebrity may not suit another person’s body type or facial features. This is especially true for procedures such as rhinoplasty, as the nose is a dominant facial feature that must be in harmony with the rest of the face to look balanced and symmetrical.
Despite the popularity of certain trendy procedures, it’s not usually a good idea for patients to seek inspiration for major physical changes in this way. Plastic surgery is a momentous decision, and it should come from the patient’s desire to make specific changes, rather than fueled by the trends of the day or others’ opinions.
When it comes to plastic surgery, it is very important that decisions are made about procedures according to the patient’s unique needs and goals. Today, there is a great deal of flexibility in the types of treatments available, which means that each patient can receive safe, effective treatment for their specific areas of concern. Everyone’s body and rate of aging is different, and the number of new technologies that are available today empower patients to request custom procedures and treatment plans. This is an essential step of getting optimal results for patients of all backgrounds.
Choosing a Surgeon
Not sure what procedure is best for you? Want to have your candidacy assessed? If you would like to move forward with plastic surgery or non-invasive treatments, then it is time to speak with an expert about your options.
You should only seek help from an experienced, board certified plastic surgeon like our experts at Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery. We offer a range of effective body and facial surgeries and cosmetic treatments to help you look and feel your best. Call 866-487-3223 today to schedule your free consultation with our highly experienced, skilled, and compassionate doctors.