A recent survey from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, or ASPS, has shown that the best plastic surgeons in the country are ready to learn new skills and techniques to help them keep up with demand over the next decade. During “Plastic Surgery: The Meeting 2018” that took place in Chicago in September 2018, it was clear that consumer demand will continue to rise.
Key Takeaways from the ASPS Survey
The number and type of plastic surgeries in the United States continues to climb year after year. In 2017 alone, some 17.5 cosmetic procedures were performed across the country – a number that has likely already been surpassed in 2018. During the meeting of board-certified plastic surgeons, several things were made clear:
- Surgeons want more training and focus on certain aspects of plastic surgery. Due to increases in scar treatments, skin tightening procedures, and fat grafting, the group of surgeons would like to see better surgical training and certifications in these areas.
- The most popular procedures will keep growing. The surgeons believe that current trends in surgery popularity will continue for the next year. These include breast augmentations, tummy tucks, and liposuction.
- Botox will become even more popular. Botox is a quick, safe, and minimally-invasive alternative to actual surgery, and because of this, men and women alike prefer it. In fact, all minimally-invasive procedures are slated to keep growing – laser hair removal, chemical peels, and fillers are in demand, too.
- Surgeons aren’t afraid to turn patients down. More than 60% of the plastic surgeons who attended the Chicago event admitted they declined patients because it was obvious they did not need cosmetic surgery, or they felt the surgery would not help them with their issues.
Trends as Reported by the Surgeons
Surgeons themselves are the best people to talk about upcoming trends, and there were three different areas of focus at the event.
- More families are having consultations together. There has been a tremendous increase in the number of family members who come to consultations together. Parent and child patients grew by 38%, couples grew by 32%, and siblings grew by 24%.
- Plastic surgery is no longer a taboo. Once upon a time, people would never openly discuss plastic surgery, but times have changed according to the surgeons. Two thirds of the attendees said that their patients are getting their first procedures at younger ages and openly discuss them with friends, family, and even coworkers.
- People are moving away from the “plastic” look. These days, plastic surgery is all about looking natural, and that means the plastic look – more commonly known as “sculpted” in the field – is out. In fact, 78% of surgeons say their patients ask for more natural looks and only 15% say their patients prefer the sculpted effects.
The 253 board-certified plastic surgeons surveyed at this event represent doctors from all corners of the country serving all kinds of patients, which is a good representation of the industry at large. As you can see, people are far more accepting of plastic surgery these days, and they are getting many of the same procedures they always have – just at younger ages.