Plastic surgery is back. The number of people undergoing cosmetic plastic surgery plummeted after the economic recession of 2008, but the most recent figures suggest that a double-digit comeback is underway.
Here’s what top facial plastic surgeons predict we will be seeing more of (and less of) this year.
1. Fat is phat.
Using your own fat for cosmetic surgery has experienced a pronounced uptick in popularity in the past few years. Fat harvested from one part of the body, such as the tummy or buttocks, is transferred to facial areas. We will see more fat being used in 2014 largely because the results are becoming more predictable and longer lasting. There will also be an increased interest in the healing and regenerative potential of growth factors, stem cells and other substances found in fat.
“Facial plastic surgeons are continuously refining their fat harvesting and injection techniques, utilizing a variety of different methods and in some cases, combining fat with other substances, such as platelet rich plasma. Besides restoring volume, the data suggests that adding fat back to the face may also improve the skin texture and tone,” says Ed Farrior, MD, FACS, president of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS).