Like all medicine, plastic surgery is an ever-evolving specialty. Not only does emerging technology open up new and exciting possibilities for what can be accomplished inside an operating room, but changes in culture also shift demand for the types of cosmetic procedures that people want performed.
So what types of procedures will plastic surgeons be performing in the future? Obviously, it’s difficult to answer that question with any degree of certainty, but you can get a general idea of plastic surgery’s future by looking at the areas of research that scientists are engaging in now.
People are living longer today than at any point in history, and with creams, dietary supplements and cosmetic procedures, modern science has already given people ways to look younger for longer. But we can do more. Even now, scientists are looking at ways to stop the aging process in its tracks, either by manipulating our genetics or by slowing the mechanisms that cause our bodies to break down and look older.
A decade ago, the idea of restoring mobility to people who were paralyzed seemed like something out of a science fiction story. But now, scientists are developing a number of techniques to restore movement to people suffering from paralysis. One of those methods may very well be through the implantation of tiny devices that relay electrical impulses through the body, allowing signals to pass between the brain and paralyzed limbs.
Nowadays, surgeons rely heavily on donors, either alive or deceased, to provide organs and tissues to recipients in need. In the future, however, that may change. Plastic surgeons of tomorrow may be able to engineer personalized body parts, grown from scratch in a lab, and grafted onto the host without the need for immunosuppressive drugs.
Perhaps the biggest questions about the future of plastic surgery revolve around elective cosmetic procedures. For sure, people will always want to look young and beautiful, but the definition of beauty is constantly evolving. For example, five years ago anyone would have been hard pressed to predict the rise in buttock implantations. Yet after celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Nicki Minaj helped to popularize curvy backsides, the demand for buttock implantations spiked almost 90% last year. So what will be the surprising beauty trend of tomorrow?
Ultimately, no one knows what tomorrow may bring. And if history has taught us anything, it’s that we can’t predict the future of technology. One thing is for sure though: the future will bring new innovations and technologies that we can’t even fathom today.
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