As both non-invasive and surgical cosmetic procedures evolve, many go from being cutting edge  to routine. As a result, each year the trends in cosmetic surgery change a bit as new products and innovative techniques become more accessible to patients. Celebrities can also inspire and influence the popularity of certain procedures. 

With the year nearly half over, what trends and procedures look like they’re going to have continued popularity throughout the rest of 2020 and beyond? 

Patients Are Getting Younger

We’ll start with what some may find to be the most surprising trend. The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) reported that, in 2019, 72% of its members “report seeing patients seeking cosmetic procedures to look better for selfies—up 15% from 2018,” and there was an 11% increase in patients seeking procedures due to dissatisfaction with their profile pics. 

Additionally, in 2019, the AAFPRS revealed that 74% of facial plastic surgeons had reported an increase in minimally invasive procedures (neurotoxins, fillers, skin treatments) in patients under age 30, a 32% increase since 2016. 

Finally, 73% of AAFPRS members predict that millennials under 30 will continue to emphasize preventative procedures by getting regular maintenance performed sooner in order to forestall bigger procedures and surgeries down the road. 

An Increase in Non- and Minimally-Invasive Procedures

ABC News in Philadelphia agreed with many others predicting cosmetic surgery trends when they reported that fillers and skin tighteners would be increasingly popular in 2020, with Renuvion® and RF technology expected to gain in popularity in the  years to come. The report also predicts an increase in “prejuvenation,” using non- and minimally-invasive procedures to keep skin healthy before aging shows, which returns us to the previous trend we listed; that men and women in their 20s are getting cosmetic procedures preventatively, rather than as reparation to older, damaged, and sagging skin. 

Jaws, Chins, and Eye Get More Attention

If there are areas which have recently been receiving an above-average amount of attention, it would be the jawline, the chin, and the eyes. 

According to aesthetic surgeon, Dr. Jonquille Chantrey, in an article in Harper’s Bazaar, “The jawline was one of the most requested ‘tweakments’ at the clinic in 2019, and I believe this is set to continue for 2020.” Los Angeles dermatologist, Ava Shamban, agrees and, in an Allure magazine piece, said she has been using Radiesse®, with which she can fill out the back of a client’s jaw to visually separate the jaw from the neck. 

The chin is another spot that Americans are wanting to improve, especially men. In the same Allure article, New York City dermatologist, Dendy Engleman, says men are requesting fillers to increase the symmetry between the edges of the chin and the corners of the mouth; a look that Engleman says, “society deems more masculine facial metrics.” To accomplish this, Engleman says she uses, “Juvéderm Voluma®; it has a bigger particle size and it’s cross-linked differently so it’s more of a lifter and it’s more structural.” 

The eyes are the third area that’s receiving a lot of attention in 2020. Double board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Dara Liotta, MD, is also a fellow with the American College of Surgeons. In an article on the women’s media site, Refinery29, Dr. Liotta predicts that, “patients will combine minor minor surgeries like upper-eyelid blepharoplasty — which involves permanently removing excess skin that can cause eyes to look “heavy” — along with non-surgical techniques, like under-eye filler and the Botox brow lift.”   

Dr. Mikel Lo, at About Faces Cosmetic Surgery, is an expert in all of the above procedures, including blepharoplasty. Dr. Lo is an expert in ophthalmic plastic and facial cosmetic surgery and is one of the few cosmetic surgeons who is a member of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS), and the American Board of Ophthalmology

If you’d like to find out which non-surgical or surgical cosmetic procedures are right for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Mikel Lo and his talented, professional  staff—including 2 trained nurse injectors—at About Faces Cosmetic Surgery. Contact us today!

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