Rejuvenate Your Look: Cosmetic Surgery

In 2014, the number of minimally invasive Botox procedures jumped six percent, three percent more opted for facial fillers, and there was a seven percent jump in the number of chemical peels, according to the ASPS. Often these products are used in combination for the best result.

New on the scene is a filler called Voluma, an injectable gel, which was approved for use in 2013. It’s designed to help patients add volume to the cheek area to help restore the full, rounded cheeks of youth. “It not only fills, but lifts the cheeks providing a mini-facelift like result,” said Dr. Katrinka L. Heher, M.D, of the Devonshire Center in Boston. “There has never been another filler that can achieve such amazing results. By far the most popular procedure in 2015.”

Also on the list of hot procedures for 2015, the mighty but mini 10-minute in-office procedure called the upper lid blepharoplasty, typically used in the over 40-group looking for a refresh. It’s dramatic enough to get noticed, “but at the same time subtle enough that they won’t know what you did,” says Heher.

As other technologies have evolved to do more with less, so too have cosmetic devices. Take the multitasking Fractora TM, a fractional radiofrequency skin rejuvenation treatment, a workhorse device that rolls multiple technologies into a single unit. Not only does the Fractora TM tighten and re-texturize skin using a combination of radiofrequency energy and micro needling, but it also zaps away fine wrinkles, enlarged pores, and brown spots. “You don’t have to have seven separate treatments anymore, the Fractora TM achieves everything in one,” says Dr. Anna Petropoulos, M.D., F.R.C.S., a facial plastic surgeon with the New England Facial & Cosmetic Surgery Center. “In one treatment it gives you an overall tightening of the face in a very natural way.” This can help hold back the forces of gravity, which drag our jawline and eyelids downward at a rate of two to four millimeters a year.

Another treatment on the rise—lip plumping fillers, a trend likely inspired by Hollywood. “To give you an idea in the past five to ten years I would have one patient a month ask for lip fillers. Now I have one to two a week,” says Song.

While patients want to look refreshed, they also seem to be moving away from procedures that strip them of their unique character. Surgeons are becoming more skilled at maintaining and enhancing ethnic physical traits unique to people from different backgrounds, said Song. Today people want procedures that tweak their features, not sterilize them.

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