Three Plastic Surgery Trends to Look Out for in 2018

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As a leading Sacramento plastic surgeon and past-president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the largest national organization of plastic surgeons, Dr. Debra Johnson has a finger on the pulse of the latest trends in plastic surgery. As the year comes to a close, we thought it would be a good idea to discuss the top trends in plastic surgery we can expect in 2018.

Less Is More

Not all women who pursue breast augmentation desire a dramatic increase in breast size. Many plastic surgeons, including Dr. Johnson, have received an increasing number of requests for subtle increases in breast size. For many women, moderately sized breast implants can complement the body’s curves beautifully, creating a more balanced overall figure. Larger implants, while attractive now, can cause serious sagging over time. Since most women do gain a little weight as they age, larger implants today may become uncomfortably huge breasts in the future.

More Choices for Breast Implants

The latest statistics from ASPS reveal that silicone implants were used in 84 percent of all breast augmentation procedures performed in 2016. Silicone breast implants are often thought to feel more like natural breast tissue, particularly in women with small preoperative breasts. Women with larger preoperative breasts (B+ cup or larger) can choose either silicone or saline, since their natural tissue will “camouflage” the feel of the underlying implant. While saline can sometimes feel less “natural” in small-breasted women, the newer baffled saline implant (Ideal Implant™) offers the safety of a saline implant with the softer feel of a silicone one. Implants can sometimes “fail” and require replacement. It is important for any woman with breast implants to see her plastic surgeon annually for a breast check and perhaps even imaging of her implants to make sure they are still intact.

Transgender Confirmation Surgeries Continue to Rise

ASPS has reported on the number of gender confirmation surgeries and more than 3,200 transfeminine and transmasculine procedures were performed in 2016. The organization also found that the number of gender confirmation surgeries rose almost 20 percent from the prior year. Gender confirmation surgeries include breast, facial and body contouring procedures, as well as genital reassignment surgeries. Plastic surgeons believe that better access to care has allowed transgender patients to explore their options.

Dr. Johnson welcomes transgender patients at her practice and offers “top” surgery to help patients achieve the breast/chest appearance they desire.

Explore Your Plastic Surgery Options

Make 2018 your year. If you are interested in cosmetic enhancement, schedule a consultation with a top Sacramento plastic surgeon. Contact Dr. Johnson’s office by calling (916) 929-1833 today.