Cosmetic surgery trends – more options, greater choice

cosmetic surgery trendsWith any consumer service, product or offering, people like to feel like they have the opportunity to make their own choices and be guided by their own decisions. For this to work there needs to be two key components – supply and demand. In the world of cosmetic surgery, both supply and demand are on the increase.

Awareness of cosmetic surgery through outlets such as the news, traditional media and social media has meant that people have a much greater understanding of what is out there and what the results look like. There are now hundreds of surgical and non-surgical offerings to help increase, decrease, tone, shape, reshape and redesign our bodies, the choice has never been so great.

Rising cosmetic surgery trends

The same trend is being seen across the pond in the United States. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery conducts an annual survey of thousands of Americans to understand what they are looking for and to see what trends are forming in the cosmetic surgery industry.

This year’s results indicate some interesting cosmetic surgery trends, an overall increase in interest in surgical procedures and, specifically, a significant uplift in people wanting surgery such as:

  • Fat Transfer to the Breast (fat is extracted from a different part of the body where there is excess, and is used to enhance the breasts)
  • Labiaplasty (adjusting the flaps of skin around women’s genitalia)
  • Buttock Lift (a procedure which is very popular in South America and is growing in popularity in the US and UK too)
  • Fat Transfer to the Face (same principle as the fat transfer to the breast, which can reduce signs of ageing on the face)
  • Breast Implant Removal (reversal of breast enhancement)

Quicker and more accessible types of cosmetic treatments

Aside from the more traditional cosmetic procedures, there has also been the introduction of faster, smaller cosmetic procedures, aimed at making tweaks and adjustments more accessible.

Time to be more transparent about cosmetic surgery decisions

celebrity cosmetic surgeryThe media love a good story speculating about whether or not famous people have gone under the knife. Are they ageing extremely well or have they had a helping hand? Some celebrities are proud to talk about the work they have done; they work hard to earn their money and it is up to them how they spend it. If they choose to have work done they are not shy to talk about what they’ve had done and how pleased they are with the results.

The headlines speak for themselves.

“Geordie Shore’s Chloe Ferry, 21, on her plastic surgery addiction and how she already wants a second nose job” – The Sun

Reality TV star Chloe Ferry is a big fan of cosmetic tweaks, stating that she is not a fan of the natural look and cannot wait to have more work done.

“Loud and proud facelifts: Linda Nolan admits to £6,000 plastic surgery” – The Express

Linda Nolan was quoted as saying that she ‘dreaded looking in the mirror’ before she made the decision to take the bull by the horns and do something about it.

She was not alone in this approach; the Express reports that actress and fitness enthusiast Jane Fonda also decided that honesty was definitely the best policy when she decided to have work done to improve the appearance of her eyes, neck and chin.

Coinciding with a book release which spoke about the ageing process, Jane Fonda decided that her decision to have cosmetic work done was pivotal to how she felt about herself as she got older: “I decided if I’m going to do it, I’m going to tell the truth. I’m writing a book about ageing, so I can’t write that book and not say I’ve had plastic surgery.”

If you don’t have anything nice to say….

Although the adage ‘if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all’, is generally ignored by the media, the Huffington Post points out that there are over 1 million people living in the UK who have body dysmorphia, a condition whereby people suffer anxiety (sometimes to debilitating levels) about how they believe they look.

Their take on the matter is: “Let’s be nice. It is not our place to determine what another person should do with his or her body. Feminism and body-positivity encourage people to do whatever they want with their bodies.”

That’s a refreshing and forward-thinking approach and one that I believe we’re seeing more and more of in terms of how people regard cosmetic surgery.

Can men have blepharoplasty procedures?

There are many cosmetic surgery procedures that are growing in popularity for men as well as women. The modern man is not shy to admit where he’s not entirely perfect, and if a cosmetic surgeon can help tackle some problem areas, then more and more men are opening their eyes to this.

A blepharoplasty procedure is one that addresses excess, sagging skin around the eyes. It can help improve the appearance of eye bags, which can affect men or women equally. As such, more men than ever before have been considering having this cosmetic tweak. Those who are suffering with drooping eye bags can feel that they look older and more tired, so it is a helpful fix for those looking to address excess facial skin and regain confidence in your overall appearance.

male eyelid liftWhat makes this procedure even more appealing for men is when others who are in the public eye talk about their experiences, and you can see firsthand what a difference it has made. George Clooney is regarded to be a naturally good-looking man and is ageing gracefully, and he is reported to have opted for a male eyelid lift operation to help freshen up his facial appearance.

Men and women can favour different looks

The procedure differs somewhat for men and women. There are subtle differences in how the structure of the face suits both genders, there is also variance in what men and women regard as being desirable/attractive and also differences in how fat is stored within the skin. The operation is slightly more complicated for men, but this has not deterred men from exploring this increasingly popular procedure. It can be performed on the upper or lower eyelids – or both – but understanding these differences is important to ensure that the end result looks as natural as possible.

Ready to take the next step

If you’re male and are considering a blepharoplasty operation, there are a few factors that will be considered by surgeons before the operation takes place. These are as follows and will be discussed with you thoroughly at consultation stage:

  • Your age – generally this operation is recommended for patients over 35
  • Your overall physical health
  • No underlying medical conditions that could affect the procedure or your recovery from it

If you wish to talk to the team here about your suitability for a male eyelid lift, get in touch with Mr Alan Park’s Leamington cosmetic surgery clinic to arrange an appointment.