The Biggest Plastic Surgery Trends of 2022
It’s hard to believe June is already here and 2022 is almost half over. And as we adjust to the “new normal” – with COVID stubbornly refusing to go away – everyday life has changed in many ways. And one of the many areas where things have changed is the field of plastic surgery.
COVID changed everything and plastic surgery is no exception. In this article the plastic surgery experts at AMAE in Birmingham, MI review the six surprising plastic surgery trends taking shape in 2022.
#1. Plastic Surgery Procedures are on the Rise
You might guess that the number of plastic surgery procedures being performed declined due to the pandemic. But you would be incorrect!
Many patients who had been considering plastic surgery for a while actually used lockdown as an opportunity to undergo cosmetic procedures. Working remotely from home made it easier for patients to recover from plastic surgery – without having to worry about returning to the office with bruising or incisions.
In our previous article we discussed how many celebrities used their time out of the spotlight during production shutdowns to undergo face lifts and other cosmetic surgeries without anyone knowing they had had work done.
#2. Facial Plastic Surgery is Taking the Top Spot
For many years breast augmentation was the most performed plastic surgery. According to data from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, during the pandemic in both 2020 and 2021 three of the top five most performed plastic surgery procedures were on the face: rhinoplasty, eyelid surgeries, and face-lifts.
Plastic surgeons suspect that the increase in Zoom meetings and Face Time while social distancing has made people much more conscious of the appearance of their face.
#3. Body-Contouring Plastic Surgery Is Also Surging
Most people have found themselves more than a few pounds heavier during the past two years. So, it’s no surprise that liposuction surgery and other body-contouring procedures like CoolSculpting are also on the rise.
According to a clinical research study conducted by the Journal of the American Medical Association and the University of California San Francisco, Americans gained on average two pounds per week during the most intense four-month period of lockdown (April 1, 2020 through June 1, 2020). That adds up to 24 pounds per person!
But as people have now started to transition from forgiving sweat pants to so-called “hard pants” people are realizing that it’s time to do something about those extra inches.
#4. Adult Ear Pinning Surgery Is on the Rise
Otoplasty – also called ear pinning surgery – has also increased. Ear pinning plastic surgery has traditionally been performed on middle school-aged children, once their ears become fully formed.
But post-pandemic there has been a sharp increase in otoplasty surgery in adults. It is suspected that awkward masks pulling on the ears may have made people with distended ears even more aware of how much their ears protrude.
And the focus on one’s appearance during Zoom calls and virtual meetings may also contribute to the rise in adult otoplasty patients in 2021 and 2022.
#5. More Men Are Getting Plastic Surgery
As plastic surgery continues to become less stigmatized and more publicly discussed – thanks in part to social media – more men are having cometic work done.
While women continue to comprise the majority of plastic surgery patients, cosmetic surgery is slowly but steadily becoming more balanced between the genders.
The top cosmetic procedures for male patients are rhinoplasty or “nose job” surgery, neurotoxins including Botox, and blepharoplasty eyelid surgery. Surgical gynecomastia correction, the reduction of breast tissue in males, has also grown in popularity in recent years.
#6. Plastic Surgery “Bundling” is On Trend in 2022
Traditionally, most plastic surgery patients came in for a single surgical procedure. But a standout trend in 2022 is customized “bundling” of multiple plastic surgery procedures to accomplish a total rejuvenation all at one time.
Bundling plastic surgery procedures offers the advantage of patients only having to go under anesthesia once rather than multiple times. And surgery costs can be lower when procedures are combined – since the surgical center/ operating room and the anesthesiologist only have to be scheduled for a single session.
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Plastic surgery is a very personal lifestyle choice. And, like everything else, the cosmetic surgery landscape has changed in many ways during the time of COVID.
If you are considering improving your appearance or fighting the signs of aging with plastic surgery, now is an excellent time to discuss your goals with Birmingham, MI board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali.
AMAE Plastic Surgery in Birmingham, MI also offers state-of-the-art Vectra 3D imaging so you can see a 3D computerized image of your expected plastic surgery outcomes before your cosmetic surgery or aesthetic procedure!