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The Crystal Ball: Top Aesthetic Trends for 2015

By Daniel Baker

Each year the American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery,the worlds largest specialty association for facial plastic surgery,publishes a survey exploring top trends in the facial plastic surgery industry. The findings in its survey serve as a crystal ball regarding cosmetic procedure popularity around the world, including here in Australia.

This year, the survey revealed that patients are currently most concerned about

  • Results (69%)
  • Cost (14%)
  • Recovery time (14%)

AAFPS Focuses on Maintenance Procedures with Cosmetic Injectables

For 2015, minimally invasive treatments are the aesthetic enhancement of choice. When the AAFPRS surveyed its members,more than 2500 facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons practicing throughout the world,

58% responded that their patients used cosmetic procedures to

remain competitive in the workplace.

This may explain why 80% of all procedures performed in 2014 were maintenance treatments performed with cosmetic injectables.

Muscle relaxing injection treatments are the clear front-runners, accounting for 50% of all minimally invasive treatments. Concurrent with the popularity of neurotoxin injections, there has been a rise in combination treatments. Anti-wrinkle injections can serve as part of a comprehensive facial makeover, administered at the same time as

  • Dermal fillers
  • Laser skin rejuvenation
  • Light-based treatments
  • Cosmetic surgery procedures

Cosmetic injectables including dermal fillers and muscle relaxants are prized because they

  • Refresh and rejuvenate the appearance without surgery
  • Are minimally invasive
  • Require minimal downtime

Rise in Cosmetic Procedures to Bring Ageing Eyes & Cheeks Back to Life

Cosmetic injectables are popular and extremely useful for staving off some of the visible effects of ageing. Areas such as eyes and cheeks, however, may require more help than can be provided by muscle relaxants and fillers. Fortunately, cosmetic surgery and modestly invasive procedures can provide the answer.

74% of surgeons surveyed reported their patients’ desire for eyelid procedures,

including blepharoplasty (eye lift surgery) to revitalise eyes.

Hair Replacement, Not Just for Heads Anymore

One of the most interesting statistics to come out of the AAFPRS survey released in January is the emergence of hair as a focus for cosmetic restoration. Fourteen per cent of surgeons surveyed cited hair transplants as an up and coming trend.

Beyond traditional transplants for head hair, patients are also asking about brow and eyelash restoration.

For more information about the survey, visit www.aafprs.org