Now that 2018 is here, a lot of us are trying to predict what the new year will have in store for us. Meanwhile, in the world of cosmetic enhancement, plastic surgeons are busy trying to anticipate the next wave of trends. Some fads are easy to spot, while others, like the popularity of buttocks augmentations a couple of years ago, are a little bit harder to predict. So what does it look like 2018 will mean to plastic surgeons around the world? Well, here are just a few trends that are poised to take off in the new year.
Let's get one thing clear, Botox is the reigning champion of noninvasive cosmetic procedures, with millions of people getting injected every single year. Without a doubt, it shows no signs of waning in popularity, but that doesn't mean that a similar drug can't come along, which is exactly what some cosmetic surgeons are predicting. Given the popularity of Botox, it seems reasonable that some innovative company will create a new, better version of the injectable. Maybe 2018 will finally be the year that a worthy rival presents itself.
A couple of decades ago, bigger was better when it came to breasts. Nowadays, however, things have changed. The all-natural look is in, which is why many surgeons are placing their bets on laser bra lifts being the next breakout procedure. This innovative treatment creates perkier, more fuller looking breasts without adding any annoying heft. Using lasers, plastic surgeons are able to improve elasticity and firmness, giving the same kind of lift that women typically get from their bras. Given these results, it's easy to see how the laser bra lift could be a big trend this year.
Even though this procedure has been climbing the charts in recent years, a lot of experts think that 2018 will be the year of the labiaplasty. Whether it's the result of having children or just less-than-ideal anatomy, it turns out that many women aren't happy with the shape and size of their labias. Thanks to labiaplasty, however, women are able to get this sensitive area tightened and reshaped, dramatically improving comfort and confidence. And as stories from satisfied patients continue to circulate, there is no question that more women will be lining up for the procedure.
No matter what procedures pop in 2018, the old favorites are still poised to remain the favorites. So when the lists of most popular cosmetic procedures of 2018 begin to appear a year from now, there is little doubt that Botox, fillers, breast augmentation and liposuction will be near the top. The only question is what, if any, new procedures will join their ranks.
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