Last year’s trends in aesthetic non-surgical and surgical treatments showed that more procedures are being done compared to the previous 2 years, perhaps a sign that the economy is improving. Injectable products such as Botox and facial fillers (Juvederm and Restylane) continue to grow in popularity among younger men and women who are looking for simple steps to improve the early signs of facial aging. 

For 2012, patients may expect more combination treatments such as skin resurfacing with a chemical peel or IPL, packaged together with a filler and Botox. Such comprehensive treatments offer a more complete approach to improving facial aging and provide a more natural and harmonious result.

However, not all treatments offer the same results and non-surgical options should not be expected to have the same outcomes as more traditional surgical procedures. For example, an older women with advanced facial aging is not likely to have a significant enhancement with fillers but may have a dramatic improvement with a face and neck lift.

Non-invasive body contouring treatments are also getting more attention and competing with liposuction procedures. While devices such as Zerona and Zeltique may result in some improvements for localized areas of excess fat, they do not seem to give the results that can be delivered by an experienced plastic surgeon using traditional liposuction.

As with all new products and devices, the long-term result may not be as good as the initial promises. For a proper assessment of the latest trends, be sure to discuss your options with a Board Certified plastic surgeon. 

  • Image Source: digitalart / FreeDigitalPhotos.net (Unless otherwise noted, all images are models and not actual patients.)
  • Copyright: Karol A. Gutowski, M.D., Chicago, IL, 2012
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