Many patients are interested in restoring a more youthful look with a full range of dermal fillers, and wait longer to undergo a surgical facelift procedure. Achieving a fresh, more youthful look without surgery is an appealing option to patients noticing the early signs of facial aging in wrinkles, fine lines, and creases.
Laser Treatments and Microneedling
A full range of advanced lasers are available to plastic surgeons, with systems to treat the signs of aging, uneven skin texture and tone, or treat those who suffer with acne breakouts. Plastic surgeons who offer various types of laser treatments are finding these procedures to be gaining in popularity, particularly treatments for improving the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, creases, and other signs of aging. Certain laser techniques work to stimulate the natural growth of collagen, and patients can restore a firmer, more supple skin quality. Microneedling systems are coming to the market that perform better than earlier versions, and many patients are interested in treatments with a pen version to target specific areas of the face.
Breast Implant Trends
Newer saline breast implants are now on the market, producing a more natural-looking appearance and feel than in the past. Many patients are interested in these newer saline options due to fears about risks associated with silicone. While silicone implants are known for having a more natural feel, the newer structured saline versions feel softer and more like natural breast tissue. These new saline implants have a youthful shape and contour, a lower rate of capsular contracture, and require a smaller incision – all important benefits that patients appreciate.
Silicone implants have also become more realistic in appearance and are more effective due to a textured surface and newer shapes that better mimic natural breast tissue. Many women are unhappy with their breast size, but are now requesting the latest versions due to the more natural appearance they produce. Silicone implants are now available that contain micro-spheres throughout the silicone. The tiny spheres are hollow and the implants are lighter, decreasing the stress on natural tissue – an advantage for women who engage in vigorous physical activities.
A Shift to Less Invasive Techniques for Body Enhancement
One new trend is an increase in the numbers of requests for fat transfer procedures. Canadians tend to be health-focused, and enhancements for lips, cheeks, breasts, buttocks, and hands through a fat transfer procedure is considered a healthier, safer option.
While breast augmentation remains a popular cosmetic treatment, the trend is shifting towards an increase in requests for buttock enhancement procedures, with many patients interested in a Brazilian Butt Lift, a fat transfer procedure that continues to gain interest in patients across Canada who want to create a more voluptuous appearance or resolve an unbalanced body contour.
Body Sculpting Trends
Traditional fat removal through liposuction remains popular, and newer lipo techniques are producing smoother, more attractive results than earlier methods. Many patients are leery of liposuction due to the invasive nature of the procedure, and are looking towards achieving results with one of the latest generation of non-invasive body sculpting technologies. Freezing the fat away while the body naturally sheds the fat cells is gaining in popularity. Patients must be willing to wait longer for the effects to be visible, with final results in about three months. With new body sculpting technology now available, patients are requesting these procedures above traditional body lifts. The results are comparable for many patients who want to lose several inches of unwanted fat in specific body areas. As the procedure involves no surgery and little-to-no downtime, requests for non-surgical fat reducing procedures are at an all-time high.
Generally, for plastic surgeons in Canada, the more advanced systems and treatments you offer, particularly non-surgical, non-invasive treatments, the more patients you will attract. Adding medspa services is also a growing trend for plastic surgeons across the nation.