What 2018 Taught Us About Plastic Surgery

Plastic surgery trends change from year to year as public views of cosmetic enhancement shift and new, cutting-edge technology is introduced. 2018 saw the growing trend of social media exposure and new attitudes toward plastic surgery by men. It also saw new types of laser treatments and dermal fillers that can improve appearance without surgery and require very little recovery. Here are some of the most important trends related to plastic surgery in 2018.

The Selfie Rules

Selfies (taking pictures of oneself and posting on social media) are at an all-time high, so everyone is concerned about how they’ll look in their pictures. Due to this phenomenon, there has been an increase in procedures such as rhinoplasty, eyelid surgery, and facelift. It’s easy to do some airbrushing or use a filter to correct blemishes, uneven skin tone, and even smooth out some of those fine lines and wrinkles, but only plastic surgery can really change the shape of a nose or tighten jowls. When he consults with patients, Dr. Pugash makes sure he explores patients’ motivations so he can ensure they have realistic expectations and are wanting to please themselves, and not others.

Men Are Getting on Board

Plastic surgery rates among men have increased by 50% in the past fifteen years, and that trend continued in 2018. Men are becoming more conscious of retaining their youth and correcting imperfections. They’re also gravitating toward fat removal in the form of liposuction, fat freezing, and other procedures. Men no longer feel that plastic surgery is taboo or unmanly. They want to experience the same anti-aging or appearance-enhancing benefits as the women in their lives and are therefore becoming more and more interested in plastic surgery.

Overly Large Breasts Are Becoming a Thing of the Past

Breast augmentation continues to be one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures with over 300,000 such surgeries performed in the last year. However, more women are foregoing the overly large implants that do not fit their body, are obviously fake, and impede their active lifestyles. 2018 showed us that women are more interested in a natural look.

You Don’t Have to Live with What Mother Nature Gave You

Most people know that altering faces and breasts are two acceptable ways to improve on the gifts given by mother nature. 2018, however, showed there are even more parts of the body that can be altered to improve aesthetics and health. Labiaplasty (surgery to reduce the size of the labia) is just one example of a procedure that is gaining attention and increasing the wellness of women around the country. While most women have believed there are just certain parts of their body they will have to live with, modern plastic surgery is showing them this is not necessarily true.

2018 showed a continued rise in overall plastic surgery procedures as old favorites continued to be popular and new procedures gained attention, and it will be interesting to see what the new year will bring.