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Plastic Surgery Predictions for 2015

champagne-bottleTyra Banks made a splash when she published an article in the Wall Street Journal outlining several very specific plastic surgery predictions for the future. Some of her predictions were bizarre (for example, she believes that someday, “Plastic surgery will be as easy and quick as going to the drugstore for Tylenol” and “The features of one’s baby will be as selectable as menu items at a fast-food drive-through window”).

While we don’t agree with everything she said, the article did prompt our Northwestern Plastic Surgery team to start thinking about plastic surgery predictions for the New Year. Here are a few plastic surgery trends and procedures we believe we will see more of in 2015.

Natural-Looking Breast Implants

Breast augmentation is a personalized procedure, and women have different ideas of what looks good. That being said, oversized breast implants have had their moment. More women are opting for moderately sized, teardrop-shaped implants to create natural looking cleavage; some women are even choosing to replace large implants with smaller implants.

Keep in mind that our plastic surgeons respect your unique cosmetic goals, and we will work with you to create a customized treatment plan — whether that includes large implants, small implants or something in between.

Buttock Augmentation

Many people desire a voluptuous, shapely buttock, thanks to the popularity of certain celebrities and other pop culture influences. Plastic surgeons can enhance a naturally small or flat backside either by placing an artificial buttock implant, or by using your own fat from another area of the body. This could be a huge year for big buttocks!

Facial Fat Transfer

Speaking of using fat to enhance an area of the body, fat can also be used to rejuvenate the facial features. Facial fat transfer is a procedure in which donor fat is harvested from an area of the body (like the abdomen or thighs) and transferred to the face to restore volume, fill in wrinkles and lines and improve the overall appearance of the skin. An added benefit of fat transfer is that the shape of the donor fat area looks slimmer after treatment! We believe plastic surgeons will continue to refine facial fat transfer techniques and find new ways to use fat.

Injectables

Non-surgical treatment with facial fillers and injectables is becoming more widespread every year. Last year, the use of Botox and soft tissue fillers rose 3 percent and 13 percent, respectively. Cosmetic companies have responded by manufacturing new products such as Voluma, which is designed to correct age-related loss of fullness in the cheeks. We predict that non-surgical injectable treatment will remain popular, and more products will be developed to address common age-related cosmetic concerns.

Laser Hair Removal

With a busy schedule full of personal and professional obligations, any chance to cut down on time-consuming personal care tasks is welcome. After a few laser hair removal treatment sessions, expect a significant reduction in the time spent shaving, tweezing and waxing unwanted hair. That explains why laser hair removal has attracted so much attention and why it will likely remain a very popular procedure.

Make 2015 the year that you finally address that bothersome feature, or treat the physical effects of aging, gravity or pregnancy. Northwestern Plastic Surgery can help. Contact our team today, either by email or by calling (312) 695-6022, and schedule an informational consultation.