Looking ahead to the New Year, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) spoke with plastic surgeons around the country to come up with a list of “predictions” for plastic surgery in 2011.
As the economy improves, the society believes the demand for facelift surgery will increase, as those who have been putting off the surgery will be ready in 2011.
Injectables, already the most popular non-surgical procedure according to ASAPS’s 2009 statistics, will continue to grow in popularity as they evolve and new options become available. Botox, Juvederm and Restylane are just a few of the choices for today’s consumer.
Body contouring procedures will also be on the rise, according to ASAPS, because more obese people may turn to weight loss surgery and then to cosmetic procedures, such as abdominoplasty, lower body lifts and upper arm lifts, for help in toning their bodies after they lose a significant amount of weight.
Another area of growing popularity? The society predicts that in coming years patients will be seeking more “posterior body lifts, buttock lifts, surgical and nonsurgical buttock augmentations to shape and augment their buttocks” thanks in part to celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Beyonce who have made it a “must-have accessory.”
One area where they see change ahead is in fat reduction techniques. While liposuction will remain the standard in surgical fat reduction, new non-surgical techniques will continue to be developed, including freezing, zapping and lasering fat as possible alternatives to surgery.
Unfortunately, ASAPS also sees consumers looking for bargains on cosmetic procedures. Procedures, such as “discount injectables” bought overseas and cosmetic procedures performed by untrained practitioners will lead to an increase in plastic surgery “horror” stories, which can be avoided by choosing a plastic surgeon that is well-trained and board certified.
Read the full list of predictions at surgery.org.