Facial plastic surgery has developed at an astounding pace since the turn of the millennium. The past few years have seen a surge in the use of injectable fillers and other exciting new technologies such as PRP “vampire facials” and Kybella. Classic procedures such as face lifts and Botox injections, once associated with rather unnatural results, have become increasingly subtle and effective as techniques and components continue to improve. However, what’s in store for the rest of 2017 and beyond? Let’s look at a few of the latest trends in the cosmetic surgery world.
Nose jobs are consistently one of the most popular cosmetic procedures out there, but many people balk at the idea of going under the knife or making permanent changes. Non-surgical rhinoplasty is a temporary, relatively cheap, but effective alternative that has seen increasing popularity in recent years. By injecting hyaluronic acid fillers into your nasal tissue, an experienced facial plastic surgery will be able to replicate many of the effects seen with surgery.
If you’re not satisfied with the result, you can either wait the year or so that it takes for the hyaluronic acid to dissolve naturally, or you can ask your surgeon to reverse the treatment with another simple injection.
The Continued Rise of “Designer” Fillers
Nose jobs are far from being the only procedure for which hyaluronic acid fillers are useful. These fillers, known by trade names such as Juvéderm and Restylane, provide new opportunities for creating a more youthful appearance. They are ideal for smoothing frown lines, crow’s feet, upper lip wrinkles, acne scars and more. Facial plastic surgeons can use these simple injectables to make you look younger without creating an unnatural look.
Kybella is a non-surgical alternative to neck liposuction. Ever since it became the first and only injectable treatment approved by the FDA for removing double chins, more and more, patients have been using this method to deal with the particularly stubborn fat that tends to accumulate around the neck. It doesn’t require a single incision, and results can be seen after just two to four treatments.
Oversized, asymmetrical, or oddly shaped ears have long been a target for surgical improvement. The traditional method, known as otoplasty, involves an incision along the crease of the ear and remains the favoured option for many patients. For a select group of patients with prominent ears, however, a new technique known as Earfold offers an exciting alternative. Earfold involves the insertion of a small implant which twists into shape once it’s inside your ear, correcting the ear’s prominence.
There’s still some debate about the effectiveness of the treatment after the implant is removed, and it seems that it works best for patients whose collagen is more responsive. But the fact that the procedure is quick and easy, with a short recovery time, makes it a compelling alternative in certain cases.
Dr. Siegel is a facial plastic surgeon based in Houston. To find out more about the latest cosmetic treatments available to you, contact him today!