According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, more than 1.8 million elective cosmetic surgeries were performed in the United States in 2016. That doesn’t include reconstructive or medically necessary surgeries.

The Society has compiled a list of the most popular cosmetic surgeries. Each one can be done by Dr. Schutte at Front Range Plastic Surgery. But wherever you choose to have yours done, remember to always choose a board certified plastic surgeon with a history of success.

This article identifies the top five trends according to the Society, and provides some valuable advice from us about what to consider if you are planning to have one of these procedures in 2017.

Plastic Surgery Trend #1: Breast augmentation

Topping the list as the most popular trend is breast augmentation. This probably is not a surprise to anyone. Known technically as augmentation mammaplasty, this procedure may include the use of transferred fat or implants to increase breast size, and we think it is popular because the enhancement it provides is so significant.

The procedure has come a long way and very natural-looking results make it almost impossible to tell if someone has had an augmentation. It is not a cure-all though. Implants are not guaranteed to last a lifetime and they are not recommended for women whose breasts are still developing.  

There is one other thing we strongly recommend that you discuss with your doctor – your surgical anesthetic options. Breast augmentation used to require general anesthesia under all circumstances. Now, it can be performed using a local anesthetic and sedative. There are pros and cons for each approach. Be sure you understand them.

Plastic Surgery Trend #2: Liposuction

You know it as “lipo,” but the technical term for the procedure is lipoplasty. Popular for more than a decade now, liposuction continues to be sought after by patients wanting to slim and reshape parts of the body. One of the most important things to understand about liposuction before choosing to have the procedure is that it is not a substitute for healthy behavior. It is not an effective treatment for cellulite or obesity. If you maintain a healthy weight and are plagued by troublesome areas that just won’t respond to diet or exercise, you may be a very good candidate for liposuction.

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Plastic Surgery Trend #3: Nose reshaping

Rhinoplasty seems to never go out of style. The reasons that people opt for the proverbial “nose job” range from correcting a deviated septum to simply gaining better facial balance and symmetry. The procedure can be used to change the nostrils, bridge, angle or slope, and span or width of the nose. It offers improvement. It doesn’t deliver perfection. Be realistic about what your expectations are and have an honest discussion with your doctor about why you want to have the procedure.

Plastic Surgery Trend #4: Eyelid Surgery

Officially known as blepharoplasty, we can’t help but wonder if the aging of the American population is one of the reasons this surgery has become so popular. As the skin on your eyelids begins to sag due to age, it can significantly impair your vision – so much so that eyelid surgery is often recommended by general practitioners and ophthalmologists for patients who have no other medical reason for the difficulty they are having with their vision.

Plastic Surgery Trend #5: Facelifts

The ever popular rhytidectomy is still near the top of the list, and with today’s technology and procedural advances, results are more dramatic and longer-lasting than ever. The best candidates remain those with realistic expectations whose goal is to look more refreshed, to reduce the appearance of aging created by loose skin or jowls, or to simply reduce the appearance of wrinkles. With all of the advancements that have been made, a facelift is still a surgical procedure, performed under general anesthetic and should be taken seriously. If you come to us for a consultation, we’ll review all of your options, including some less invasive and non-invasive options that we can provide right here in the office on an outpatient basis.

Whether one of these trends is on your list for 2017 or if you have some other cosmetic or reconstructive surgical need, we’re here to answer you questions and to help you get the best possible results. Please give us a call and schedule your free consultation.