The COVID-19 pandemia has temporarily reduced the number of cosmetic surgeries performed in 2020 and early 2020. However, the pandemic and Zoom meetings have also sparked a renewed interest in facial features, such as facelifts, eye lifts, and Rhinoplasty.
Plastic surgery has become increasingly popular, but there are also signs that people are starting to prefer less invasive procedures. On the flip side of things, newer plastic surgery trends take into account ethnicity while also blending certain ethnic characteristics across cultures.
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From celebrities to a healthier and more natural appearance
It used to be common for people to see the results of plastic surgeries performed on their favorite celebrities and think about how they’d look if they had the same procedures done. Surgeons often receive pictures of celebrities from their own patients to show what they want with their surgeries.
While celebrities continue to spark some plastic surgery trends – such as Kim Kardashian and the Brazilian Butt Lift – people are now more interested in cosmetic surgeries that will enhance their individual beauty.
Instead of trying to look like their favorite celebrity, people are now trying to look like themselves, but adding some natural enhancements. Instead of using celebrities’ photos, many surgeons are using pictures of their patients’ friends and family members who have been photoshopped or edited to look better than they really are.
Ethnicity is becoming a major trend.
When it comes to noses, the beauty and fashion industry has long been obsessed with the tiny, cute, turned-in nose. This ideal caused many people to choose rhinoplastic surgery to adjust a larger-than-desired nose.
However, in 2021, there was a new trend on Tik Tok that celebrated noses from a variety of ethnicities. Many people are proud of their ethnic facial features. Inputs So, what does this mean for rhinoplasty? Rhinoplasty is still occurring, but the focus is moving toward things like fixing a crooked nose, removing humps, and fixing asymmetry while still maintaining a person’s ethnic identity.
While some cultures are keeping their features as is, there is the continued popularity of double eyelid blepharoplasty for people of Asian descent in order to create a crease in the upper monolid of the eye. The goal is to make their eyes appear larger and deliver a more Western appearance.
This is one of the most common facial plastic surgery procedures in Asia and is now the third most common procedure requested by Asian Americans. Among Asian American women, there is also an increase in requests for a smaller button nose, high nose bridges, and fuller foreheads in order to create a more Western appearance.
Unreasonable expectations due to photo apps
Unfortunately, the increased use of photo filters and beauty apps has created numerous unattainable and, in some cases odd, beauty ideals. For example, the “anime” appearance has recently started sparking a lot of surgical requests. The look of oversized eyes, translucent skin, or heart-shaped faces has become a newfound obsession for some devoted fans.
Unfortunately, many of these aesthetic goals are not physically possible. This leaves plastic surgeons with the challenging task of resetting expectations and helping patients understand what is achievable.
New trends focus on the individual
While many plastic surgery trends are focusing on a natural appearance and embracing individual beauty, there are still larger beauty trends and ideals that influence what people want when they consider a plastic surgery procedure. Before having surgery, it’s extremely important for a person to take a step back and understand the various motivations and influences that have led them to consider plastic surgery.
By doing a bit of “soul searching,” patients are more likely to choose procedures that they will be happy with, both in the short term and for years to come. It is an exciting time to be a plastic surgeon when beauty ideals are becoming more diverse and individuals have more information and choices than ever before about how they want to express their physical appearance to the world.
The views expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.