What will 2015 bring in the world of plastic surgery? As medical advancements make surgery easier and safer, interest in cosmetic treatments is expected to continue to climb.
Looking forward to the year ahead, the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery revealed its predictions for 2015:
Doubling Up on Benefits
Patients are expected to combine cosmetic benefits with reconstructive/functional surgeries, and vice versa, as the line between the two fades in 2015.
"Stacking" for Success
This year could also see a rise in "stacking" procedures, in which treatments are combined to increase their efficacy. The benefits of these treatments can increase exponentially versus when they are used alone. For example, when Botox or other neurotoxins are used along with facial fillers, the fillers can target tissues more accurately, with longer-lasting results. Also, drugs can be delivered using lasers to ensure that the active ingredient reaches its target.
Smile, Your Face Is On Camera
Pervasive camera phones and photo-centric social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram have just about everyone viewing -- and judging -- the appearance of their face now more than ever. From teens to seniors, photographs are more plentiful and more public. Those wanting to improve their appearance in closeup photos and "selfies" are turning to rhinoplasty, eye lift surgery (blepharoplasty), neck lift and other facial plastic surgery procedures.
Today's active seniors can look as young as they feel. A recent study shows that cosmetic surgery patients over the age of 80 are at no higher risk for complications than younger patients. This news could encourage even more seniors to improve their appearance in 2015.
*** Look for more predictions to come in the next blog! ***