With the start of 2020, many have turned to professionals within the industry to determine the incoming cosmetic trends. The past decade has brought us a wealth of technological advancements, as well as the continued acceptance for cosmetic surgery. What was once considered by many as an extension of vanity is now seen as a life-affirming way to enhance the body.
In 2019, we saw a continued rise in the number of both invasive and non-invasive cosmetic surgeries performed in the United States. And this change will no doubt play a significant role in the surgical trends of the coming decade.
While the American Society of Plastic Surgeons has yet to release data for 2019’s top trends, we performed a rather large number of breast implant revision or explant surgeries here at Midwest Breast & Aesthetic Surgery.
Two of 2018’s most popular surgical procedures: eyelid surgery and rhinoplasty, also saw a marked transition as more men and women opted for noninvasive or minimally invasive procedures such as fat grafting or dermal fillers.
So what will happen in our field during the start of the new decade? Here are my thoughts.
Predictions for 2020’s Plastic Surgery Trends
- Breast implants are on their way out.
As already mentioned, more and more women are switching preferences to smaller, more natural, and often more comfortable breast sizes. Fat grafting allows for a more controlled degree of augmentation than implants and can modify the shape of breasts without changing its size. Implant revision (usually to a smaller size) and explant surgery are also expected to be more popular than ever this decade.
- Fillers, including Botox, will continue to increase in popularity.
It is no longer uncommon to have a full facelift done with just dermal fillers, Botox, or both. Common target areas are the chin, nose, and cheeks.
- 2020 will see an increase in the number of men who want aesthetic enhancement or surgical changes.
Perhaps due to the prevalence of social media, the aesthetics standards for males have changed drastically. This new trend goes hand-in-hand with the rise of fillers: painless procedures with no downtime are perfect for the average, active male.
- Cosmetic tattooing will grow beyond the eyes, nose, and lips.
Mainly, cosmetic tattooing might result in a permanent form of makeup with the use of micro-needling and organic inks. The FDA has its eyes on this practice for approval, but receiving these from a board-certified plastic surgeon is sure to minimize any possible risks.
The Status of Cosmetic Surgery
Overall, cosmetic surgery procedures still thrived in 2019 and will continue to do so in 2020. Yet, significant adjustments in facilities and services are required to accommodate the popularity of noninvasive or minimally invasive cosmetic procedures.
Demand for breast implant revision and explant surgery must be matched with the knowledge of key techniques involved. Adaptation for these changes will mark the beginning of the decade, if not the entire decade itself.