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Surgeons provide insight on how many of ASAPS' predictions for 2011 came true



The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) made the following predictions for 2011 (http://www.surgery.org/media/news-releases/10-cosmetic-plastic-surgery-predictions-for-2011):

  • As the economy continues to improve, demand for facelifts and other facial rejuvenation surgery will increase. Nonsurgical facial rejuvenation procedures will also see some growth, but people who have been putting off surgery for the past few years because of the economy will be ready for the gold standard in facial rejuvenation in 2011.
  • The growth and popularity of cosmetic injectables (Botox, Dysport, Sculptra, Radiesse, Evolence, Juvderm, Restylane, Perlane, etc.) will continue to increase as products continue to evolve and new players enter the market.
  • As our population increasingly realizes the dangers and health consequences of obesity, the number of patients seeking plastic surgery procedures for body contouring after dramatic weight loss (abdominoplasty, lower body lift, upper arm lift, etc.) will rise in 2011.
  • As the baby boomer generation continues to age, so do their breast implants. This year, many baby boomer women who have aging implants and/or breast ptosis will replace their implants and have breastlifts.
  • Consumers looking for a bargain on cosmetic procedures will unfortunately lead to an increase in horror stories about "discount injectables" bought offshore and cosmetic medicine and cosmetic surgical procedures performed by untrained or poorly trained practitioners.
  • While liposuction (lipoplasty) will continue to be the gold standard in fat reduction, there will be continued interest in experimental techniques for noninvasive fat removal (freezing, zapping, lasering, etc.) as a future alternative or adjunct to liposuction (lipoplasty) surgery.
  • Aesthetic medicine has seen a dramatic increase in the diversity of the patients treated over the past decade, and this trend is expected to continue to grow stronger than ever, with applications that cater to all people. The appeal of both aesthetic surgery and cosmetic medicine will continue to spread across the spectrum of our population, as plastic surgeons further tailor treatments to meet the sometimes-unique needs of that expanding population.
  • As the popularity of nonsurgical and minimally invasive procedures continues to grow, surgeons and manufacturers will develop new techniques and products that advance the science, produce even better results and lessen recovery time.
  • Celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, Beyonc and Jennifer Lopez have made a shapely rear-end a must-have accessory. In the coming year, patients will be seeking posterior body lifts, buttock lifts, surgical and nonsurgical buttock augmentations to shape and augment their buttocks.
  • Following the trend in increased consumer sophistication, patients will increasingly want to know if the latest procedure and devices being touted on the Internet and TV talk shows really works and if they are safe. By incorporating evidence-based medicine into the core specialties of plastic surgery, the Aesthetic Society will make it easier for both doctors and patients to determine fact from fiction.


Decisions regarding choice of procedure, type of implant used and anesthesia protocols all impact the outcomes of breast augmentation surgery and set the stage for a smooth surgical experience, says one Danish surgeon well versed in the field.

Having survived the ravages of civil war as well as military conflicts within its borders and in the Middle East for decades, Lebanon and its capital, the once-again-bustling Beirut, have risen from the ashes of conflict and are looking toward the future.

While many pleasing outcomes can be achieved with a high-tech device or well-placed series of injections, there are still a host of instances in which surgery may be the better option. Case in point: the jawline.

Preliminary results of a study evaluating biopsy specimens obtained from mature burn scars pre- and post-fractional CO2 laser resurfacing show histologic changes that are consistent with the clinical improvement achieved, but further data is needed to understand the mechanisms leading to normal skin regeneration, reported David M. Ozog, M.D., at the 2011 annual meeting of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery.

Body shaping and contouring as an alternative to surgery is booming in the cosmetic arena. Macrolane (hyaluronic acid, Q-Med) is one noninvasive technique that can be used for several aesthetic contouring indications without the need for patients to undergo more invasive procedures.