Predictions for cosmetic surgery
2006 -update on cosmetic surgery
Bigger breasts, wrinkle-free skin and face-lifts are top of
people's wish lists, according to a report by market research firm Mintel.
Nearly 700,000 procedures will be carried out this year, a
rise of 40 percent on 2005, driven in part by changing public attitudes toward
cosmetic surgery, the report said.
Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery(ASAPS), the
leading U.S. organization of board-certified plastic surgeons who specialize in
cosmetic surgery, offers its predictions for cosmetic surgery in 2005. Predictions
are based on interviews with leading plastic surgeons around the country.
National attention to issues of patient safety will result, in some states, in
more stringent requirements for physician credentials to perform cosmetic
surgery. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) will be among
the leaders of this patient safety movement in 2005.
Endoscopic (arthroscopic) facial rejuvenation procedures may become more
popular. Suture suspension techniques, promising facial rejuvenation with minimal
downtime, may also increase in popularity; however, many patients will opt for
traditional face lift or endoscopic procedures with more predictable and long-lasting
Experimental techniquesfor non-invasive fat removal, as a future alternative
to liposuction (lipoplasty) surgery, will be tested in clinical trials.
The number of patients seeking plastic surgery for body contouringafter
dramatic weight loss will rise by at least 20 percent in 2005, reflecting growing
public awareness of significant long-term health benefits of weight loss for the
for racial and ethnic minorities in the United States will continue increasing,
most likely exceeding 20 percent of the total procedures performed.
Hyaluronic acid(Restylane, Hylaform) will surpass collagen as the most
popular soft tissue filler for lines and wrinkles. Additional hyaluronic acid
products developed specifically for facial volume enhancement and for improvement
of depressed scars will be introduced.
Fashion and beautyin 2005 will emphasize nostalgia and elegance as embodied
by Hollywood icons Lauren Bacall and Grace Kelly, and modern stars such as Nicole
Kidman. In cosmetic surgery, more patients will express a preference for classical
facial features, and a growing number of women will opt for smaller-size breast
More plastic surgeons will offerlifestyle assessmentand counseling to
their cosmetic surgery patients.
The focus will be on "wellness" basics, with support from nutritionists
and weight management specialists.
In 2005, a new generation of breast implant fillers and coatings; advanced
lasers that rejuvenate the skin from the inside out; new products for scar management
and prevention of keloids; and permanent injectable treatments for facial lines
and wrinkles may be the biggest "buzz" in cosmetic plastic surgery.
The proliferation of "Reality" TV programs featuring plastic surgery
may lose their public appeal.
The long term psychological effect of undergoing a dramatic change in appearance
from simultaneous multiple-procedures, as is common for participants of reality
shows, may surface in 2005.
Source: American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery