Last year, 2020 was normal until around mid-March. Our world completely flipped upside-down when COVID-19 paid a visit to the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggested that hospitals and outpatient facilities limit non-essential elective surgeries during the pandemic.
Now that coronavirus cases are declining, elective surgeries are on the rise again; however, hospitals and facilities still practice safety measures. Between quarantine and stay-at-home ordinances, people have had more time alone to think about cosmetic procedures. The pandemic also warranted more virtual work environments, which caused people to look at themselves more over their webcam.
A new year brings new trends to explore. Plastic surgeries in 2021 may look a little different, though some will be repeats of previous years. Trends fade in and out, but the following 7 trends are guaranteed to be huge and in high demand this year among patients and cosmetic surgeons.
1. Browplasty (Brow Lift)
Brow lifts are one of many ways to spruce up your face. Wearing face masks has made people hyper-aware of their eyes and eyebrows. A brow lift, known as browplasty, aims to reduce wrinkles and creases that form over time across the forehead and between the eyes.
This procedure also improves the vertical frown lines that appear between the eyebrows. Browplasty raises sagging eyebrows that hang over the upper eyelids. Overall, it reorients the eyebrows into a more youthful position.
During a brow lift procedure, other surgeries can be performed, such as upper and lower eyelid lifts (blepharoplasty) and facelifts.
2. Rhinoplasty (Nose Reshaping)
Even though our noses are mostly covered under face masks in the pandemic era, they are still a prominent facial feature that people are likely to notice, especially on a Zoom video call. Rhinoplasty, or the reshaping of the nose, is a common cosmetic procedure.
Rhinoplasty is now available as a surgery or “liquid” procedure. Contrary to classic nose surgery, liquid rhinoplasty is getting more popular because it’s a liquid injection of hyaluronic acid (HA). Rather than going under the knife, you can opt for the non-surgical approach.
The HA injection works to reshape the nose in a safer way than going through surgery. Choosing the best option for you depends on the extent of your desired nose job.
3. Laser Resurfacing
Rather than trying to reverse the signs of aging, 2021 is the year people are getting into anti-aging. Younger people are taking preventative measures to make their youthfulness last longer, especially because they may be under harsh lighting on camera.
Laser resurfacing is attracting a wider audience of young people. Many people starting in their early 20s are considering laser resurfacing, which refers to removing the epidermis (the outer layer of the skin) and allowing it to grow back.
Once the laser removes the outer layer, it heats the dermis (the next layer of skin) and stimulates the collagen fibers to grow. As the epidermis heals, it comes back much smoother and tighter.
4. Facial Rejuvenation
Facial rejuvenation is a broad term for multiple ways you can revitalize your face. Types of facial rejuvenation include laser resurfacing, microdermabrasion, and facelifts. Laser resurfacing is a common type of facial rejuvenation treatment among young adults.
Similar to a chemical peel, microdermabrasion is a non-surgical procedure that renews skin tone and texture. Patients who request microdermabrasion may have sun damage, age spots, acne scarring, melasma, or other skin conditions that have left them feeling insecure. This deep exfoliation treatment will leave your face feeling as smooth as a baby’s bottom.
Facelifts were more common among aging adults in the 1970s and 1980s. Their main purpose was to tighten the skin on and around the face, including loose skin around the neck. This treatment is the least popular option in facial rejuvenation treatments now because it’s age-reversing rather than anti-aging.
5. Breast Augmentation
Breast augmentation, also called enlargement or enhancement, will continue to be a popular cosmetic surgery. Technological and surgical advancements have changed the science of breast augmentation.
These improvements have helped reduce recovery times and lessen pain. However, the procedure is still the same: the surgeon places silicone or saline implants in each breast to enhance its size and shape.
6. Non-Surgical Injectable Fillers
In general, there has been an increase in non-surgical treatments, mostly due to pain, cost, and recovery time.
Botox is a popular facial injection that temporarily smooths skin. Its popularity is due in part to its short recovery time. However, the results are not permanent, and treatment must be repeated two to three times a year.
Facial fillers are generally made of collagen, hyaluronic acid, and hydroxyapatite. Fillers reduce wrinkles, raise depression wounds from scarring, enhance lips, and restore soft tissue. Fillers are often used with Botox to lengthen the time before more treatments are needed.
7. Body Contouring
Liposuction and CoolSculpting, also known as body contouring, have been on the rise and will continue their upswing throughout 2021. During quarantine, many people gained the “quarantine 15,” which refers to a 15-pound weight gain resulting from the stay-at-home orders of COVID-19.
Liposuction uses a suction technique to remove fat from parts of the body. The most popular areas to remove fat among men and women are in the hips, thighs, upper arms, and abdomen.
CoolSculpting is a non-invasive body contouring treatment that essentially freezes and kills fat cells, causing the treated area to melt away. Following treatment, your body will naturally wipe out the dead cells in one to three months.