The plastic surgery industry is booming, with a 22% increase in procedures performed from 2000 to 2020. On top of this, 70% of surgeons reported an increase in appointments despite the pandemic in 2020, and 96% noted an increase in patient flexibility thanks to working from home.
Notably, like all aspects of the wider beauty industry, cosmetic surgery trends are constantly changing. Knowing which procedures are popular can help patients finalize and affirm their treatment plans.
In this article, we will look at what’s hot and what’s not in 2022 to help you up your aesthetic game.
It feels like only yesterday that Kylie Jenner released her famous matte lip kits that claimed to be the secret to her perfect pout, crashing the website in record time (circa 2015). After she revealed her use of lip filler, the effect was as dramatic in clinics worldwide. Women everywhere sought out injectable filler to ameliorate the Instagrammable, crease-free, matte liquid lip.
This trend went viral among younger influencers and consumers alike, who looked at filler as a complementary procedure to the ‘more is more’ make-up trends of the mid-’10s. As the world entered lockdown in 2020, many patients moved away (by choice or rule of law) from synthetic, clinical fillers and got back to basics with ‘no make-up make-up.’
However, although many high-profile faces (including Jenner) have rushed to have fillers dissolved in a more permanent return to the natural aesthetic, the procedure is still popular. In fact, many clinics found a boost in patrons in 2021 versus the previous year, and clinics expect to continue to see the market grow in 2022.
Popularised by the new wave of influencer supermodels, the ‘Fox Eye’ thread lift is the up-and-coming 2020s facial procedure. Using threads to lift the outer corner of the eyelid and pull it towards the temples, this threading treatment can be completed in as little as 30 minutes.
Although famously undergone by stars like Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid, some surgeons have warned against the procedure. As this treatment pulls against the natural shape of the eyebrow, it can create an unnatural look with the eyebrows sitting too high. Instead, patients may opt for the traditional eye lift to ensure a youthful gaze.
It’s no secret that large breasts can cause a multitude of health issues. Many women struggle with pain in the breasts, neck, shoulders, and back due to the extra weight carried on the chest. Some women even report shortness of breath and dermatological complications from trapped moisture in the skin folds of the chest.
As such, it is no surprise that many women are now choosing to undergo breast reduction surgery. By removing heavy breast tissue, pain can be alleviated, and a more aesthetically pleasing, proportionate body can be sculpted. In turn, women feel more confident and comfortable to lead a healthier and more active lifestyle.
Brazilian Butt Lifts
Body contouring surgeries in the warmer seasons are not a new phenomenon. With bikini season on the horizon, more and more women wish to undergo fat transfers as a way to tone their physique and add curves in all the right places. Fat transfer also offers a more ‘natural’ alternative to synthetic filler and avoids the risk of complications like allergic reactions.
One of the most common fat transfer procedures is the classic Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL), where excess fat is removed from areas of the body such as the thighs and tummy and injected into the butt. By doing so, patients can benefit from toning and accentuating effects, creating a highly sought out hourglass figure that they cannot achieve with diet and exercise alone.
A BBL also has the added benefit of avoiding any extensive scarring that can be present with other buttock augmentation surgeries, such as implants. Instead, only small incisions are made so that fat can be injected.
Undergoing any cosmetic procedure is a big decision and not something to do to keep up with the current trend. However, if you are enamored with any of the above trends, you should carefully consider which procedure could be right for you and ensure you properly vet a qualified surgeon with a significant amount of experience in your treatment of choice.
About the Author
Jenn Walker is a freelance writer, blogger, dog-enthusiast, and avid beachgoer operating out of Southern New Jersey.