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Summary: Sometimes plastic surgery can be difficult to predict, but we’re betting on plastic surgery trends in 2019 that look a lot like 2018. That’s because, for all the volatility and innovation in the field of plastic surgery, the most popular procedures tend to stay relatively stable. The same five procedures are usually always vying for the top spot, though there is some variability in that from year to year.

A Few Plastic Surgery Trends for 2019

This likely won’t be the only article you read about plastic surgery trends in 2019. At the start of every new year, it’s always common to see a plethora of these posts suddenly pop up. And that’s not such a bad thing. Plastic surgery is a constantly shifting, innovating field. So, every year, there are bound to be new and exciting trends that everyone should rush to keep up with.

That’s the idea, anyway. But there’s another story underlying these “plastic surgery trends in 2019” pieces (of which, we have no illusions, this is one). And that’s this: the trends in plastic surgery don’t change all that much from year to year.

If you look at the annual statistics released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, you’ll notice that the same procedures make up the top five year after year. True, there’s some variation. Some procedures fall out of favor rather quickly–other procedures rise up astronomically fast. But the top five are usually remarkably stable, especially given how volatile plastic surgery as a field tends to be. So the top plastic surgery trends in 2019 will probably look a lot like those trends in 2018.

The Top Procedures Year After Year

When you stop and take a look at the statistics the ASPS releases year after year (they release an annual report that’s remarkably insightful), you’ll notice that there are a few procedures that typically fight it out for the top spot. Typically, those procedures include:

  • Breast augmentation: This procedure is remarkably different from what it used to be. Implants these days are much more modest and natural looking. Patients are typically trying to achieve a very modest size increase–in a way that helps them feel rejuvenated.
  • Facelift: The increase in lines and wrinkles that denote the aging process are always going to be, well, unwelcome. That’s why facelift is always near the top of the pack. People enjoy looking more youthful, and a facelift is a way to take significant years off your face (or at least the appearance of those years).
  • Rhinoplasty: The nose job is almost as old as plastic surgery itself. That said, these days, the nose job is much more complex and effective than it ever used to be. This procedure is popular for both aesthetic and practical purposes–if you’ve ever broken your nose, for example, you might already be thinking about a nose job.
  • Tummy Tuck: There aren’t very many ways to naturally mitigate excess skin, especially around the belly area. That’s likely at least part of why tummy tuck procedures are always so popular. These procedures mitigate excess skin around the belly by simply eliminating it (tummy tuck can also add some structure to the abdomen). The end results aim to make patients look more fit and trim.
  • Liposuction: Struggling with fat isn’t fun. It’s even less fun when some of those areas of fat are incredibly stubborn and won’t go away no matter what. That’s why liposuction is always near the top of the list. It can help you get rid of unwanted fat in a way that still looks exceptionally natural.

Surgical or Non Surgical?

Of course, the other trend that we can count on to dominate 2019 (because it has dominated for many of the previous years) is also pretty simple: Botox and injectables. Now, to be clear, there are plenty of non-Botox injectables, such as dermal fillers. And dermal fillers are incredibly popular, with millions of treatments a year.

But Botox is on a level all its own–at least for now. There were something like six million Botox treatments performed last year. And that only looks to keep growing. To be clear, that dwarfs the number of surgical procedures performed. Although, there are good reasons for that:

  • You can get multiple Botox injections in one year–whereas most surgical procedures you will only ever undergo once.
  • Botox has a significantly faster recovery period–making it a much quicker option.
  • Botox is, generally speaking, a much lower stakes proposition. This means that patients are more likely to try Botox.
  • Money can be an issue for some patients, and Botox is significantly less expensive than surgical treatment options.

It’s not going to be surprise us when Botox injections are performed millions more times in the United States in 2019. In other words, we’re expecting 2019 to be a lot like 2018. And that’s just fine by us.


About the Author: Dan Voltz has been writing about plastic and cosmetic surgery procedures for nearly four years. He talks with surgeons to ensure he’s getting accurate and up to date information about trends in the field.

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