Preemptive Interventions to Slow Aging
Rather than waiting to undergo plastic surgery until the signs of aging are pronounced, more and more people are starting to undergo minor procedures far earlier to help slow the effects of aging. For example, many patients have dermal fillers injected into the face periodically to delay or avoid the need for a surgical facelift later.
Compared to previous generations, today’s young adults are much more comfortable undergoing and talking openly about plastic surgery, and they are far more likely to incorporate minor cosmetic treatments into their lives on an ongoing basis as a part of a beauty regimen.
Subtlety in the Age of the Instagram Model
Social media and the body positivity movement have played a role in shifting beauty ideals to encompass a more diverse range of body types and sizes. Many social media sensations use their accounts to promote a lifestyle of health and fitness, popularizing a slim and “fit” look, rather than exaggerated features. In previous decades, breast augmentations were often used to significantly enlarge the breasts, while today they are more likely to provide only a moderate increase in volume for a more natural look. Many patients don’t want to look as though they have undergone surgery, and favor subtler alterations to the natural physique.
Increasing acceptance for and promotion of beauty at every size has also led more plus-size patients to opt for subtler changes to accentuate their curves. Fat transfer has become a popular type of cosmetic surgery that involves removing and processing fat from one area of the body (e.g. the abdomen or thighs) before reinjecting it into a more desirable location (such as the breasts or buttocks), for a completely natural look.