6 Plastic Surgery Procedures That Will Be Big in 2018

These nips and tucks are on the rise.

By: Katie Becker
Illustration: Meghann Stephenson

Out of all the beauty trends we predict for 2018, potentially most fascinating is what will be trending in the world of plastic surgery. We’re not ones to poo-poo any cosmetic decision a woman makes to feel her best, including ones that involve a needle or a knife, so we were pretty curious about the upcoming forecast from The American Academy of Facial and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS). Below, see what their crystal ball says we’ll be talking about (and maybe even trying) next year. And if you’re considering getting some work done yourself, we suggest reading our interview with Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Gabriel Chiu, MD, who has advice for finding the right doctor you can trust.


1. Fillers That Aren’t So Obvious

There are tons of different injectable fillers on the market for plumping your cheeks and lips. If you were to squeeze out a filler like Juvéderm Voluma, Belotero, or Restylane Silk into your hands, you would notice how each one has a different texture to it—a variety in thickness and bounciness. A well-trained injector will carefully choose the right texture for the region of the face in which they are filling (for example, something softer for the lips and firmer for the cheeks) and experts predict better options will be coming to the market next year. “We foresee more flexible fillers that ‘bend’ when the face animates, as well as longer-lasting filler options,” says William H. Truswell, MD, the AAFPRS president.


2. Early Anti-Aging

There’s a term in the industry called “prejuvention.” This is when patients who don’t yet see wrinkles, sagging, or spots get rejuvenating cosmetic treatments as a preemptive measure to stop aging from ever happening in the first place. This can include things like neurotoxins that stop your forehead from creating creases, lasers that keep collagen production on high, and even small face-lifts that will theoretically nip the need for a bigger (and more obvious) surgery in the future. The industry is seeing a major uptick in requests from younger women seeking “prejuvenation.”


3. Requests for a Better Selfie

An annual member survey by AAFPRS members showed that 42 percent have patients who specifically say they want to look better on social media. The solution could include laser treatments to smooth sunspots, filler for fuller cheekbones, or fat-dissolving injections for one less chin. Surgeons we have interviewed like Dara Liotta, MD, have seen this trend as well. If you want to have this very conversation with a plastic surgeon or dermatologist, her advice is to bring in pictures of what you like and don’t like in your selfies to make sure you and your doctors are speaking the same language. (We also have some model-approved selfie tips that require no doctors appointment at all.)


4. Treatments for Transgender Patients

One of the most positive things to come out of the new year is healthier and more open conversations about gender. These conversations are improving in the plastic surgeon’s offices as well. “Procedures that change the underlying bone structure or the soft tissue of the face have the unique ability to help individuals to present themselves in the manner most consistent with their sense of self,” says Patrick J. Byrne, MD.


5. Injectable Nose Jobs

Because it can take just one short appointment, some call injectable rhinoplasty “lunchtime nose jobs.” Doctors can make a nose more smooth, symmetrical, pronounced, or even less pronounced by using filler on and around the nose. The other bonus of this treatment, which has been growing in popularity, is that most fillers are temporary, so if you want to go back to your former profile, it takes just a few months for your body to metabolize, or you can get a dissolving injection that will reverse the filler.


6. More Men in the Surgeon’s Office

According to an AAFRPS survey, a third of men surveyed said they are “extremely likely” to consider a cosmetic procedure, both surgical or non-surgical. Of those men, 58 percent were between 25 and 34 years old, and 34 percent were between 18 and 24 years old. The treatments for men are really the same as they are for women—injections, lasers, face-lifts—but sometimes come with cutesy names like “Bro-tox.”


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