2015: Now Trending, Plastic Surgery Edition!
Happy New Year! The end of the year and the arrival of a new one always means a few things: New Year's resolutions, recaps of the year past, and predicted trends for the upcoming months. When you think of these things, you probably think of health resolutions, sports predictions, and maybe even entertainment reviews. However, in the beauty and medical industries, the new year means data is compiled to predict what doctors can expect patients to want!
The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery -- the host of the conference where Dr. Yagoda presented her data on BeautyScoop this past May -- has put together a very interesting plastic surgery "forecast" for 2015. In their predictions, there are both expected trends and ones that are emerging from other newsworthy topics.
If you have trouble breathing but also aren't happy with your nose, you are not alone. Combining functional surgeries with cosmetic features is on the rise. Dr. Yagoda is both a cosmetic facial plastic surgeon and ear, nose, and throat surgeon, so she is an expert in both fields. As an example of a combined surgery, a rhinoplasty may be performed to repair a deviated septum but can also serve to reshape the nose tip or narrow the nostrils. This cuts the patient's downtime to only one post-operative recovery period!
A second --but similar trend -- is combining treatments in order to get the most effective results. By "piggybacking the progress" of cosmetic treatments, patients see longer-lasting outcomes as well as minimizing costs and any necessary recovery time. There is a reason many of our patients have both filler and Botox treatments in the same day: Fillers can help pinpoint problem areas and make the injectable results last longer. Additionally, by making sure to return to a follow-up appointment at around the six month mark (if using fillers) for a re-injection, the filler results can be extended by another few months, depending on the specific area they were used in.
A final focus is on how small changes can make up to big impacts. Facial plastic surgeons expect to see an increase in the amount of "minor" procedures done in their offices. This includes mole removal, ear repair, or even laser treatments to fix sun damage and other skin spots. Often overlooked in favor of surgery or injectables, by tweaking a small facial problem, patients receive a confidence boost that positively impacts other area of their lives. Another perk of minor tweaks is that smaller surgeries (mole removal for example) are done in the office under local anesthesia. Only taking about an hour with very minor post-op care, the results are immediate!
It looks like 2015 will be a year focused on combining treatments in order to obtain long-lasting, effective results -- at least in the field of facial plastic surgery! With the country's focus on social media (including selfies, of course) it is no surprise that plastic surgery of any kind is on the rise. Since everyone likes to stay up on the current trends, try considering some of the treatments mentioned in AAFPRS' data. After all, even if you decide to only make an office visit, taking that first step might lead to a confidence boost to take the next ones. With January comes a fresh start -- embrace it! Happy New Year!
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In The News ... On December 8th, Inside Edition interviewed Dr. Yagoda in her office about President Obama's acid reflux problems. Miss the original airing? Watch it here! ... Dr. Yagoda and her partner, Dr. Eugene Gans' studies on their nutritional supplement, BeautyScoop, was published on October 8, 2014 in the Journal of Nutrition and Food Sciences. Read it here! ... In addition, this was a very exciting year for Dr. Yagoda! On July 28th, Dr. Yagoda was featured in New York Magazine for an in-depth article on ethnic plastic surgery. If you missed seeing the article, you can read her expert opinion here! ... On July 31st, Dr. Yagoda was featured on Huffington Post Live for a webcast on the "Ethnic Plastic Surgery" topic. Watch here!