If you’re on TikTok, you know that trends change fast — sometimes, by the day.
Still, one trending topic has stood the test of TikTok time (say that 5 times fast).
What is it? Plastic surgery.
While for decades, confessing that you’d had plastic surgery was a no-no, today, it’s totally acceptable to shout it from the rooftops — er, post it to TikTok anyway.
And it’s actually pretty cool.
Turns out people want to know what it’s like to get a BBL or have your breasts enlarged. As always, a peek behind the scenes is intriguing and fun. Plus, before and afters never get old.
Up ahead, we’ll take a look at the top 5 plastic surgery procedures TikTokers and their surgeons are posting about these days. These are some of the most popular procedures both in NYC and around the globe.
1. Brazilian Butt Lifts
Brazilian butt lift trends on TikTok seem to focus on BBL recovery and before and after BBL pictures and video. Some patients show themselves heading into their procedure and then later after they’ve recovered or while they’re still healing.
Various trends have come and gone of patients showing themselves in BBL before and afters, wearing jeans or tight skirts, walking down the street, shopping at the grocery story, getting ready to go out, etc. Brazilian butt lift reveals can be amazing, and the results look tremendously natural, so #BBL and #Brazilianbuttlift are really fun hashtags to follow.
The Brazilian Butt Lift Procedure
The New York City Brazilian butt lift procedure is performed in two parts. First, liposuction is used to remove excess fat from the abdomen and other locations on the body. Next, that fat is processed outside the body and then transferred to the hips and buttocks.
Here are some of the options patients may consider for their BBLs.
Liposuction 360 (Lipo 360)
When Dr. Schulman removes fat from your body in preparation to transfer it to the hips and buttocks, you have a choice about where you want that fat to come from. Some slim patients won’t have much excess volume to work with, so it may be more of a challenge to find a good target location for harvesting. Other patients may want major liposuction performed — for example, with a lipo 360.
Read more about liposuction 360 in New York City.
Lift & Fill BBL
For certain patients, a traditional BBL won’t achieve what is ultimately desired: curvier hips and a rounder butt that appears bouncy and lifted. These patients usually have an issue with skin laxity or excess skin, and that’s why even filling the area with lots of fat won’t achieve much. Their skin may be looser because of the natural aging process, a recent weight loss, or both.
Whatever the reason, what these patients need is to get a lift in addition to adding more volume, and this is why Dr. Schulman created the New York City Lift & Fill BBL. With this procedure, Dr. Schulman essentially performs both a traditional buttock lift and a traditional Brazilian butt lift at the same time.
2. Breast Augmentation
#breastaugmentation videos on TikTok run the gamut from experience posts in which patients show breast augmentation before and after clips, to educational posts from plastic surgeons.
A recent trend, for example, has surgeons showing followers how durable breast implants are — specifically, silicone implants. Doctors post cuts of themselves and their staffs dropping implants from tall buildings, stepping on them with stiletto heels, shutting them into doors, and running over them with cars. And of course, the implants never pop.
The Breast Augmentation Procedure
Breast augmentation in New York City involves increasing the fullness and size of the breasts. There are three main ways to perform this surgery: with implants, with a fat transfer process, or with the assistance of Botox.
All options increase the breast size and can also alter the projection and perkiness of the breasts. In some cases, a New York City breast lift is combined with augmentation to both lift and add volume. A breast lift alone is good for patients who have enough volume but want their breasts to sit higher up on the chest.
Let’s take a look at each breast augmentation option.
Silicone or Saline Implant Breast Augmentation
Implants are the most typical option for increasing the breast size. There are saline and silicone implants. These days, silicone tends to create the most natural-looking results.
However, some patients are reticent about getting silicone implants because every few years, patients will need to get a sonogram or MRI to ensure no leaks have occurred. If a leak has occurred, for medical reasons, the implant will mostly likely need to be removed and replaced. Conversely, with saline implants, you’d know right away if a leak occurred, and the body would simply absorb the leaked saline.
Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation
Your own body fat can also be transferred to the breasts to increase the breast size. Keep in mind, however, that the fat transfer process will not create a “structure” for the breasts, so this may not give you the shape you ultimately want from your augmentation.
Botox-Assisted Breast Augmentation
Botox is usually used to relax the muscles of the face temporarily. This reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
Botox-assisted breast augmentation uses implants as the primary filler. But Botox is also used in conjunction in order to achieve more immediate results and a speedier recovery process. Instead of months after surgery, the patient can see their results just a few weeks after surgery.
With rhinoplasty, it’s all about the before and afters. Rhinoplasty in New York City is one of the most popular face procedures in general, and people love seeing patients’ big reveals on TikTok.
Most rhinoplasty patients on the platform get the surgery to improve the aesthetics of their nose — crookedness, nasal tip asymmetry, excessive tip projection, excessive width, nasal bump, excessive size, etc. But there are also patients who go in for septoplasty, which is a procedure that repairs the nasal septum.
Rhinoplasty before and afters are super-fun to see — just watch out! As with all plastic surgery videos that show the procedure in process, the videos can get graphic.
The Rhinoplasty Procedure
There are two main reasons to get rhinoplasty — first, to correct an aesthetic problem, and second, to fix a breathing issue.
As stated above, aesthetic concerns may involve things like crookedness, a bump on the bridge, excessive size or width, asymmetry, excessive tip projection, or another similar issue. When rhinoplasty is performed for breathing issues, it’s called septoplasty.
Finally, some patients may be interested in improving their nasal breathing and will also opt for some form of aesthetic improvement while they’re at it. Rhinoplasty may be performed open or closed.
In open rhinoplasty, the nasal skin is folded up, and the bone and cartilage beneath is exposed. This gives the surgeon easier access to the underlying structure of the nose. This technique is generally used when bigger changes need to be made.
Closed rhinoplasty is performed through the nostrils without lifting the nasal skin. As a result, this technique is generally employed for only minor reshaping issues.
Another one of the most popular plastic surgeries on TikTok is New York City liposuction. The fun thing about lipo is that it can be performed almost anywhere on the body, so the results that pop up are pretty eclectic.
Along with liposuction before and after videos, many TikToking surgeons will post educational videos about what to expect with the procedure. The videos may be clips of actual surgeries, computer-generated graphics that show how lipo is performed, or clips of surgeons speaking directly to the camera about liposuction recovery tips, preparation advice, and more.
The Liposuction Procedure
The liposuction procedure involves the removal of fat cells from areas on the body that have been difficult for the patient to reduce on their own. The most common places to have liposuction performed include the abdomen, flanks, upper and lower back, thighs, and arms and shoulders. There’s also New York City neck and chin liposuction, which primarily targets double chins.
Some of the additional options patients have for liposuction include the following.
High-Definition Liposuction (HD Lipo or Hi-Def Lipo)
High-definition liposuction offers some of the latest technology available in liposuction. The big factor that sets it apart from traditional lipo is that it leaves a bit of padding around the muscles. In addition, the muscles are actually contoured by the surgeon.
This creates natural shadows that surround the muscles and ultimately results in a fit, lean look. High-definition liposuction only works for a unique subset of overall fit patients. These patients may have small pockets of super-stubborn, diet-resistant fat, but they are generally in good shape.
When patients opt for classic, non hi-def liposuction, there are four main technologies to choose from:
– Traditional: The traditional liposuction method has mostly been replaced by new technologies. In general, this method utilizes a cannula, which is a long, thin metal tube. The tube is inserted into small incisions near the target areas, and the fat is then removed through it.
– Tumescent: As an easier and safer option that reduces blood loss and speeds up recovery, tumescent lipo uses an injection of liquid before the fat is removed. The liquid is called tumescent fluid and is made up of numbing medicine, epinephrine, and salt water.
– Power-Assisted Tumescent: Like the tumescent method, power-assisted tumescent liposuction uses a tumescent fluid, but it also uses a suction device that vibrates. The vibrations assist in breaking up the fat, and this improves the removal process.
– Energy-Assisted: Finally, this form of liposuction stimulates the retraction of the skin and the breakup of fat by using some form of sound wave energy, heat energy, or laser energy.
5. Tummy Tucks
Also called abdominoplasty, New York City tummy tuck TikTok posts are most popular with individuals who’ve had significant weight loss — and moms. This is because both groups have experienced extensive stretching of the abdomen, and in many cases, this stretching can become permanent, which will result in sagging skin that won’t retract.
Search for #tummytuck on TikTok, and you’ll see plenty of tummy tuck before and after clips as well as before and during posts.
The Tummy Tuck Procedure
Loose excess skin can be cumbersome and uncomfortable. Not only does it make some people self-conscious, but it can interfere with exercise and other physical activities as well.
The tummy tuck procedure gets rid of excess skin by literally cutting it off. In addition, the procedure can knit together separated abdominal muscles and incorporate some liposuction to get rid of any remaining stubborn fat pockets.
Here are two tummy tuck options to consider:
Extended Tummy Tuck
Most extended tummy tuck patients have lost a large amount of weight. Therefore, a more-than-average amount of skin needs to be removed.
This may result in a lateral scar that is larger than usual and which may extend past the hips on either side. In some cases, a fleur-de-lis tummy tuck is used in which a vertical incision is made up the center of the abdomen and around the lower back as well.
Developed by Dr. Schulman, the Smooth Tuck™ is a procedure that combines the removal of excess skin with high volume liposuction. The excess skin is primarily removed from the abdomen while liposuction is performed on the abdomen, bra bulges, and flanks.
This procedure is optimal for patients who are considered “too obese” for a traditional tummy tuck. More fat is removed, and the patient is also able to return to their normal daily activities with less discomfort after their operation. Although other surgeons claim to offer this procedure, the New York City Smooth Tuck™ is in fact only performed by Dr. Matthew Schulman.
Schedule a Consultation With Dr. Schulman
Dr. Matthew Schulman is a board certified plastic surgeon serving patients in New York City. From Brazilian butt lifts and tummy tucks, to lipo, breast augmentation, and more, Dr. Schulman uses his expertise and experience to help you achieve the aesthetic goals you’re looking for.
Interested in one of the procedures we mentioned above? Give our NYC office a call today, and schedule your consultation with Dr. Schulman!