What Are the Most Important Plastic Surgery Trends in 2023?
Like any other area of medicine, plastic surgery is constantly evolving and changing in response to advances in medical technology and changes in the kind of plastic surgery results that are in demand. As we move into 2023, there are clear trends in the types of plastic surgery that will be more popular this year.
Here are some of the predicted plastic surgery trends for 2023.
As plastic surgery becomes more refined, Specialist Plastic Surgeons are able to deliver results that are subtle and natural in appearance. As many people don’t want it to be obvious that they have had plastic surgery, plastic surgery with natural-looking results is set to continue trending in 2023 and beyond.
Many plastic surgeons are now using 3D technology to guide cosmetic procedures, which allows them to create results that are highly precise, individualised, and accurate. Plastic surgery is not a “one size fits all” process, and as technology improves, surgeons will be able to create more natural-looking results for any plastic surgery procedure than ever before.
One plastic surgery procedure that is booming in popularity due to natural looking results is facelift surgery. With changes in surgical techniques, surgeons are able to avoid the unnaturally “tight” appearance that many people associate with facelifts, creating a more youthful appearance with subtle results and firmer skin.
Fat Grafting (Fat Transfer)
To follow the trend of more natural-looking plastic surgery results, another plastic surgery trend that is set to continue in 2023 is the use of fat grafting. This cosmetic procedure involves safely removing fat from one area of the body, such as the stomach or thighs, where it is unwanted or excessive, and then transferring the fat to a target area of the body.
Fat grafting is popular because it has lower risks than similar surgical options, and usually delivers very natural-looking and subtle results. You might choose to have fat transfer performed as a stand-alone procedure, or combine it with another plastic surgery procedure to enhance or soften results.
Fat transfer can be used for procedures such as:
- Body contouring, to improve the body’s proportions and enhance specific areas of the body
- Breast augmentation, without the use of implants
- Facial rejuvenation, to add more volume to the jawline or cheeks and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
- Restoring lost volume to the hands and reducing the visibility of veins and tendons
The benefits of choosing to have a fat transfer include:
- Fat grafting is a relatively low-risk and safe cosmetic procedure
- It is a great natural alternative to use of implants or synthetic fillers
- Fat transfer both adds fat to target areas of the body and simultaneously removes fat from “problem areas”
- Fat grafting offers a faster recovery time and less scarring than other procedures
When you are considering having a fat transfer procedure, it’s important to remember that not all of the harvested fat will survive the grafting process. The results from fat grafting can be long-lasting, but depending on your individual response to the procedure, they might not be permanent. If you are wondering if fat grafting is the right cosmetic surgery solution for you, it’s a good idea to get in touch with a Specialist Plastic Surgeon for a consultation.
A trend that is set to continue in 2023 is the use of non-invasive techniques instead of highly invasive plastic surgery procedures. There are many benefits to choosing a non-invasive procedure instead of invasive plastic surgery, including a shorter recovery time, reduced discomfort, and limited downtime.
These are some of the non-invasive or minimally invasive plastic and cosmetic surgery procedures that will be popular with plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery patients as we move into 2023.
· Anti-wrinkle Injections
Anti-wrinkle injections have been a very popular non-invasive cosmetic surgery solution for years, and this trend is set to continue. During an anti-wrinkle injection procedure, a purified cosmetic anti-wrinkle solution is expertly injected into the muscles in problem areas, such as the forehead, corners of the eyes, or the jaw.
The injection acts to block the signals between muscles and nerves, and prevents some of the muscles from contracting. This reduces the appearance of wrinkles or lines on the face, giving a rejuvenated and youthful appearance after treatment.
Anti-wrinkle injections can be used to treat:
- Frown lines in the forehead or between the eyebrows
- Crow’s feet at the corners of the eyes
- Lines at the edges of the lips
- Visible “bands” of muscle in the neck or jaw
In 2023, people are becoming more aware of cosmetic procedures, and the importance of investing in your appearance early. Anti-wrinkle injections can be used to prevent future wrinkles, as well as to stop the appearance of more lines in the future. This can make anti-wrinkle injections a great way to invest in your future appearance, while remaining low-cost compared to other cosmetic procedures such as surgical facelifts.
· Dermal Fillers
Dermal fillers are a popular non-surgical injectable cosmetic product that can be used to add volume to the skin, resulting in a rejuvenated, more youthful, and plumper appearance.
Dermal fillers can be used to:
- Fill in wrinkles or fine lines
- Increase the size of the lips and cheeks
- Enhance the shape of the lips
- Create a more defined jawline or cheekbones
- Reduce the appearance of facial folds
- Reduce the size of under-eye circles
Because dermal fillers contain local anaesthetic, the procedure creates minimal discomfort for most people. Like other non-invasive procedures, the recovery time after having dermal filler injected is reduced. You can expect slight swelling or redness initially in the area, and some people experience bruising at the site of injection.
Dermal fillers do not create permanent results, so you will need to have fillers re-injected to keep your results looking their best. Your cosmetic surgeon or experienced nurse will advise you on how long your fillers are expected to last. Usually, dermal fillers will last between 6 months and 1.5 years after injection, but this can vary depending on the site you are targeting and how much filler you are having injected.
· Chemical Peels
Chemical peels are a very popular and low-risk non-invasive procedure, where a chemical solution is applied to the top layer of skin. The solution acts to “peel” off the top layer of skin, removing dead skin cells, and creating a rejuvenated appearance with reduced fine lines and a more even, smooth complexion.
The recovery time for a chemical pee depends on the intensity of the chemical solution. “Light” chemical peels only target the very top layer of skin cells, and have a much smaller recovery time and reduced discomfort compared to a “deep” peel, which penetrates into the deeper layers of the skin for more intense and longer-lasting results.
A “light” chemical peel will create results that last for around two months, and the results of a “medium” chemical peel will last up to six months. While a “deep” chemical peel does have a significantly longer recover time, this is still a popular and cost-effective option, as the results can last for up to a decade following one treatment.
Similar to a chemical peel, microdermabrasion is another non-invasive cosmetic procedure. During microdermabrasion, instead of a chemical solution, fine crystals are selectively applied to the skin to gently exfoliate the outer layer of skin.
Microdermabrasion can be used to reduce the appearance of acne scars, minimise wrinkles and fine lines, and reduce other signs of ageing such as sun damage. Following microdermabrasion, your complexion will appear more youthful and “brighter”. The results from microdermabrasion usually last around four weeks, but the procedure can be longer-lasting if you have healthy skin.
Long-Lasting and Cost-Effective Procedures
Moving into 2023, many plastic surgery patients are looking for plastic surgery procedures that are cost-effective. The most cost-effective procedures are often procedures that create permanent results, and won’t need to be redone at regular intervals to maintain results.
These are some of the long-lasting plastic surgery solutions that are trending in 2023:
· Breast Augmentation
Some women want to change the size or shape of their breasts. Whether because the breasts are too small in size, breast asymmetry, or drooping breasts – breast augmentation is often a preferred, long-lasting plastic surgery solution.
During breast augmentation, your plastic surgeon will insert implants or use fat grafting to increase breast size, even out asymmetrical breasts, or improve the breast contour. While breast implants are not considered to be a permanent plastic surgery solution, they usually last more than 10 years, which makes them very cost-effective in the long-term.
· Breast Reduction
In 2023, more women than ever before are aware of how the size of their breasts can contribute to skin issues, low self-esteem, and back or neck pain. Breast reduction is a permanent surgical solution for many of these issues, and is increasingly popular with women who believe that their large breasts are causing problems. During breast reduction surgery, your surgeon will remove excess breast tissue, skin, and fat from your breasts.
A breast reduction might be right for you if:
- The size of your breast causes chronic pain in your back, neck, or shoulders
- You have chronic skin irritation underneath your breasts
- You get skin infections or rashes due to the size or sagging of your breasts
- The size of your breasts prevents you from taking part in day-to-day activities
- You have low self-esteem due to having large breasts
- Finding bras that are able to support your breast size is a struggle
Having a breast reduction can be empowering, making it easier to exercise, and reducing discomfort in day-to-day life. It’s possible to have a breast reduction alone, or choose to combine the procedure with a breast lift or a breast augmentation with small implants.
· Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck Surgery)
During a tummy tuck procedure, your surgeon will remove excess fat and sagging skin from your stomach area while creating a “tightening” effect of the abdomen and stomach muscles. This is a very popular procedure following significant weight loss, pregnancy, or when ageing has caused a collection of fat in the stomach area.
It’s important to remember that even though tummy tuck surgery creates a slimmer and shapelier silhouette, it’s not the same thing as weight loss surgery such as a gastric band! It’s just as possible to gain tummy fat back after a tummy tuck as it was before your surgery.
While tummy tucks usually create very long-lasting results, there are some things that can decrease the longevity of the results from your procedure. These include:
- Loss of skin elasticity due to ageing
- Getting pregnant after your tummy tuck procedure
- Losing a large amount of weight
- Gaining a large amount of weight
If you feel that your tummy tuck results do not look as good as they used to, it’s possible to get a second tummy tuck in the future. However, it’s better to make sure that you have a good diet and exercise plan in place before booking your tummy tuck procedure, to allow you to maintain a stable height and healthy lifestyle in the future.
If you plan on having any future pregnancies, it’s recommended to postpone your tummy tuck surgery until your family is complete.
The key plastic surgery trends in 2023 focus on creating more natural-looking results with less invasive procedures, while also catering to the needs of diverse patients. While trends in plastic surgery come and go, it’s important to remember that plastic surgery is a highly individual journey – and if you are unsure whether 2023’s plastic surgery trends are right for you, it’s always best to consult with a highly qualified plastic surgeon.