In 2018, women and men from millennials on up are busier than ever, more health conscious than ever, and more comfortable than ever in getting cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures to make them look their absolute best. Approximately 1.8 million Americans go for traditional plastic surgery per year, with a whopping 15.5 million opting for nonsurgical enhancements, such as lasers, fillers and Botox, so they’ll be picture perfect for selfies, dates, or job interview.
If you’ve been wondering if it’s time to take the plunge from make-up to make-over, here are some of the hottest trends for the coming new year:
You don’t have to be born with Bradley Cooper dimples to turn heads anymore. A simple, in-office procedure called dimpleplasty puts your smile in parentheses. Julio Garcia, MD, an expert plastic surgeon Las Vegas, uses his artist’s eye and surgeon’s skill to create artificial dimples by stitching the underside of your skin to your buccal muscle. When your face is at rest, your skin is perfectly smooth. But when you smile: Bam! — your dimples dazzle! And they’re yours to keep.
2. Perky Breasts — Without a Bra (or a Knife)
Breast reduction continues to be on trend, as is breast augmentation, of course. But there’s a new offering that women of all breast sizes can benefit from … and it doesn’t require a visit to the hospital, downtime, or any surgery.
Your expert plastic surgeon can now lift and tighten your breast tissue using laser energy. Just as lasers have been used for years to create nonsurgical facelifts, Dr. Garcia lifts your breasts without incisions or stitches. Just one to three sessions with the Medlite Q-switched nonablative laser heats up and shrinks breast tissue, so that your breasts look perky even without a bra. And, as always, an extra bonus with laser treatment is that it encourages your skin to produce more collagen and elastin, making it look and act younger.
Don’t just stop at the girls. If your nipples are flat, droopy, or ho-hum, a quick prick of hyaluronic-acid (HA) based dermal filler gives them new life.
3. Temporary Nose Job
If you’re not sure you’re ready for rhinoplasty but would like to find out how you’d look without your Dad’s beak or Grannie’s bumps, Dr. Garcia uses HA fillers, such as Juvederm and Restylane, to even out your nose, making it look smooth and straight. An added bonus is that when you straighten the line of the nose bone, your nose actually looks smaller.
Dr. Garcia can even use Botox or Dysport to lift the tip of your nose slightly, giving you a more pert and youthful appearance. Botox can also relax wide, flared nostrils and correct tip asymmetry.
If you love your new look, you can maintain it with touch-ups of Botox or Dysport every three to six months and HA fillers every six to 18 months. Or, if you’re ready for the commitment and even further improvements, Dr. Garcia can perform a beautiful and permanent surgical rhinoplasty.
4. More Hair Where You Want It … and None Where You Don’t
Almost nothing is more aging than hair that is thinning or balding. Dr. Garcia offers surgical hair transplants to women and men who’d like to have a full head of youthful hair again. If you’re not sure you want to undergo a surgical procedure to help with hair loss, Dr. Garcia uses light therapy to thicken thinning hair.
And for those areas of the body where you don’t want hair, laser therapy can remove it permanently. You usually need about six treatments of laser hair removal to catch all of the unwanted hairs: Lasers work best on hairs that are in the early stages of growth, but your various strands are all at different stages at any particular time. Once you’ve removed all the hair at the early growth stage, you may need touch-ups every six months to a year to keep your skin smooth and hair-free.
5. Facelift Without a Facelift
Millennials are starting Botox in their twenties to smooth out worry lines and furrows that make you look older and tense. But even with Botox, great skin care, and sun avoidance, at some point you’ll notice that your facial tissues are sagging.
While this may not be the happiest moment of your life, it can become an amazing turning point. Now, instead searching for ineffectual skin creams or giving in to despair as you watch your face shift into low gear, you can turn back the clock without surgery by undergoing a laser rejuvenation.
The MedLite laser applies heat deep into your skin without removing the outer layer, causing a red face, or needing down time. The heat contracts your collagen, encouraging your skin to produce even more, newer, stronger strands of collagen. After three laser rejuvenation sessions, your skin tightens over the next six months, creating a nonsurgical facelift that can last almost as long as a surgical lift — up to 7 years or more.
The MedLite facelift has an advantage over surgery, too: by stimulating your skin to produce more collagen and elastin, it actually improves the quality of your skin. The rejuvenating collagen and elastin make your skin thicker, “juicier,” and more elastic.
6. Bountiful Butts
Social media celebrities and Hollywood have created new appreciation for firm, round buttocks. If you were born a “flatty,” “flabby,” have cellulite, or just want to add volume, you have more choices than ever.
Lasers can break up cellulite, making your buttocks rounder and smoother. They also encourage the production of more collagen, which adds volume and softer contours.
To create a nonsurgical Brazillian Butt Lift, Dr. Garcia injects fat from other parts of your body into your buttocks, creating higher, firmer cheeks. If you don’t have extra fat, or prefer not to undergo even a minimal liposuction procedure, Dr. Garcia adds volume to your buttocks with thick dermal fillers, such as Sculptra, that stimulate your body to create its own newer, stronger collagen.
7. Beautiful Lips — Both Kinds
Lip augmentations with HA fillers continue to be the rage.
But the focus on beautifying lips has shifted downward, too … all the way down to the labia. Many women suffer from self-consciousness because they don’t like the way they look “down there.” Whether your tissues have loosened as the result of childbirth or aging, or if that’s just the way you were born, you can trim and reshape your labia to be more symmetrical and aesthetic. Depending on your needs, Dr. Garcia performs a surgical labiaplasty, or simply uses laser therapy to tighten your tissues.
8. Banish Aunt Minnies
If you want to keep wearing tank tops and yoga crops ’til you drop, an arm lift is your answer. If you are considering las vegas plastic surgery for your upper arms, you have a number of options:
- Liposuction alone
- Liposuction with an arm lift (to remove excess skin)
- Liposuction with ThermiSmooth (radiofrequency energy to tighten skin)
- Liposuction with ThermiTight (to further tighten)
Dr. Garcia recommends the best solution for you based on the amount of fat you have, the amount of excess skin you have, and the resiliency of your skin.
Of course, the oldies but goodies still aim to please: Facelifts, mini lifts, tummy tucks, and Botox for everything from a slimmer face to sweat-free pits are just some of the surgical and nonsurgical improvements that continue to grow in popularity. Whether you know what improvements you want to make, or you’re not quite sure, consulting with an artist and surgeon such as Dr. Garcia helps you choose the perfect procedures for a Happy New-Year You.