The 8 Biggest Plastic Surgery Trends of 2022
Written by Fiza Bashir
18 August 2022
Beauty standards and ideal aesthetics are rapidly changing, and naturally plastic surgery trends are changing alongside them. From robotic surgery to skin-grafting techniques, these trends will have a significant impact on how people look and feel about their bodies. Let’s take a look at 9 of the top plastic surgery trends that have taken off, or will take off, in 2022.
1. Less is More
With more and more people looking for ways to improve their looks without resorting to major cosmetic services, most patients are requesting a natural look. Cosmetic surgery treatments are becoming more subtle with minor tweaks that reflect an individual's appearance, similar to an instagram filter. Patients are ditching the large, round implants, unrealistic BBL curves, and overfilled lips in favour of minor adjustments to enhance natural beauty.
2. The Rise of Facial Procedures
Traditionally, people have sought out facelifts from doctors when they hit the age of 40 however, this has drastically changed as more and more people from the younger generation are opting for facelifts. With the epidemic of social media, patients are becoming more hyper aware of their flaws and often come in looking to correct their facial asymmetry.
Based on data from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the top three most popular plastic surgery procedures were all about perfecting the face: rhinoplasty, eyelid surgeries, and face-lifts. These have out performed the typical number one most popular surgery: breast augmentation. This was the result of an increased demand for these services as people experienced a rise in anxiety and a desire to look more ‘natural.' Rhinoplasty is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures in the world. In fact, it’s the number one operation performed in the US every year. While there are many different reasons people undergo rhinoplasty, one of the most common reasons is to improve the appearance of the nose. Rhinoplasty can also help reshape and restore the shape of the nose, improve breathing and decrease congestion.
3. Body Contouring Surgeries
Due to the recent pandemic causing gyms to close and an increased time spent on the couch, people have found themselves a few pounds heavier. According to data collected by the Journal of the American Medical Association and the University of California San Francisco, Americans gained an average of two pounds per week during the start of the lockdown. This has led individuals coming out of the pandemic to resort to body contouring procedures such as liposuction, fat transfer to the breast, tummy tuck, brazilaian butt lift, Mommy Makeover and Coolsculpting.
These procedures offer a time-efficient and easier solution to getting rid of stubborn fat. Body contouring procedures are used to improve fitness results and can help with weight loss goals as liposuction can aid with stubborn areas of fat deposits that are resistant to dieting or exercising. In order to achieve body contouring after massive weight loss, a customized set of procedures is needed that will remove the excess skin, repair stretched or damaged tissues, and help you feel confident and attractive.
4. Plastic Surgery for Men
Over the years, plastic surgery has gone from being difficult and stigmatised to becoming more mainstream and openly discussed. The increased awareness of plastic surgery has allowed men to feel less nervous about approaching this delicate topic. They have been able to ask the questions that stopped them from seeking Plastic Surgery in the past, as well as see it firsthand on apps like TikTok and Instagram. For these reasons, surgeries like Gynecomastia correction, the removal of male breast tissue, have increased in popularity in recent years. Other popular cosmetic procedures for men are rhinoplasty, Botox, and blepharoplasty surgery. While procedures for men are nowhere near as common as procedures for women, we are seeing a shift in the amount of men who are turning to surgery to preserve their youthful appearance.
5. Preventative Surgery Instead of Correction
Cosmetic surgery has been around for a long time, and for the most part it has been used by older patients to reverse the effects of ageing. However, in the past few years, there has been an increasing number of younger people opting for cosmetic procedures. This has been done in order to take a proactive approach to preventing or slowing down the signs of ageing. There has been a recent trend of younger people wanting mini-facelifts instead of waiting until they need a more drastic measure, such as a surgical facelift. Injectables such as Botox and dermal fillers have become increasingly popular as a way to ease the appearance of age lines and wrinkles. This trend is being fuelled by millennials who are looking to avoid more drastic measures like surgical facelifts in the future.
Surgeons suggest that regular treatments in the earlier years of life can help you avoid or delay major plastic surgery treatments in the future that may be costly and invasive. It's a small investment now, but it will pay off in the long run.
6. Ear Pinning
Ear pinning surgery also known as Otoplasty, is quickly becoming one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures. Ear pinning surgery or helix suspension surgery is a procedure done on the ear, typically to correct asymmetry. Ear pinning surgery is growing in popularity because it’s an easy and affordable way to fix small ear problems that don’t require major surgeries. Plus, ear pinning surgery offers some unique benefits: It restores symmetry to your ears and can help you achieve a more youthful look.
Ear pinning typically occurs in prepubescent children when their ears are developing and may help boost their self-esteem as a result of bullying. One potential explanation for the sharp increase in otoplasty surgery is that people are becoming more aware of how their ears protrude due to the pandemic where masks are commonly worn. It's suspected that by wearing uncomfortable masks, people with distended ears may have been made even more aware of the problem that their ears protrude.
7. Combining Surgeries
Cosmetic surgery is one of the most popular types of surgeries in the world. There are a variety of different types of cosmetic surgeries, from reconstructive surgeries, to liposuction, to breast augmentations, and more. However, experts believe that there has been an increase in people opting for combination surgeries. This type of surgery is when two or more types of surgery are combined to improve your appearance.
For example, you may have liposuction and breast augmentation performed at the same time. Depending on the patient's situation, this might involve getting multiple procedures done during one appointment, or getting various procedures done within a short period of time. This type of surgery is often much more effective than going through separate procedures, and it’s also safer as it eliminates the need for multiple surgeries, cuts down on anesthesia and recovery periods.
Whether you’re looking to get ahead of the curve or just want to stay informed, these are the plastic surgery trends you can expect to see in the coming year. While some 2022 plastic surgery trends are continuations of popular treatments from previous years, others are brand new and offer exciting ways to improve your appearance. If you’re considering plastic surgery in 2022, be sure to discuss all of your options with your surgeon so that you can make the best decision for your unique needs.