From ‘tweakments’ to temporal facelifts, here’s what you need to know for the year ahead
3 April 2019| Last updated on 12 February 2020
Whether you’re for or against aesthetic transformations, it’s a booming industry that’s continually advancing…
Our selfie-obsessed culture and the desire to look perfectly filtered – both in pictures and in real life – has never been stronger. In fact, the number of minimally invasive cosmetic procedures has grown rapidly since 2000, with no indication of slowing down anytime soon.
Last year, we saw the rise of injectable skincare with a new treatment called Profhilo, as well as strategic Botox that provides totally natural results and an undetectable look. There’s even been ‘Blowtox’, an injectable treatment that makes your blow-dry last longer.
For 2019, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is set to approve at least three new, cutting-edge cosmetic procedures. And the trend? Truly natural-looking results.
Like it or loathe it, non-surgical cosmetic procedures are becoming commonplace and are now so sophisticated that they can address a wider range of concerns.
We look at what’s in store for 2019 and what will be the biggest cosmetic treatments and plastic surgery trends…
The temporal facelift
A.k.a. the ‘mini or secret facelift’ – experts predict that the ‘temporal’ facelift will become one of the most popular cosumetic surgery procedures of this year. The demand for the mini-facelift has been increasing in recent years, with many patients choosing it over a full facelift thanks to the natural and fresher results achieved.
Unlike a full facelift, the ‘temporal facelift’ is carried out under local anesthetic and the scar is hidden on the scalp, within the hair and not on the face. This means the patient can return to work the next day, and won’t suffer the abundance of unsightly bruising.
Thanks to the rising popularity of non-invasive treatments that offer a subtler look, gone are the days of over-filled lips and dramatic cosmetic surgery. This combined with patients wanting to return to their daily activities right after means there’s due to be a huge rise in ‘tweakments’.
Perhaps the most popular of these types of treatments is the non-surgical nose job. This form of nose reshaping uses dermal filler as an effective alternative to surgical rhinoplasty. The fillers are used to contour and subtly enhance the nose, and helps to reshape to provide more definition.
4D mapping, a.k.a impact treatment
2018 saw the rise in virtual reality 3D to help improve decision-making around cosmetic procedures. This year, we’ll see advances in 4D technology that takes these benefits to the next level.
Effectively, this means that you’ll see accurate results of your cosmetic procedure, whether a few fillers or a full-on surgery, before going anywhere near a needle.
There’s a new B-type 2 toxin that is going to improve the Botox market. Patients will need less of it, and the results will last longer, which is great for practitioners as they’ll save more in terms of dosage. It’s also great for patients as the longevity means less treatments.
Ultrasonic nose jobs
We all know the horrors of traditional nose jobs – but there’s a new, less traumatic alternative on the horizon. Ultrasonic rhino-sculpture is increasing in popularity, and it promises faster recoveries and more precise results.
The treatment uses a probe-like device that emits ultrasonic energy, which surgeons can use to accurately shape the nose and minimize damage to the cartilage or soft tissue. It’s great for eliminating bumps, narrowing the nasal bridge and correcting a deviated septum.
Tired of filler? There’s a new, permanent procedure available now, which is typically done under local anaesthesia in less than an hour. The operation shortens the space between the bottom of your nose and the top of the lips (a.k.a. the philtrum) by carving out a bullhorn-shaped strip of skin just below the nostrils. This helps to raise the lips’ edges and creates a more natural, plumper appearance as well as adding definition to your Cupid’s bow.
If lip lifts are still a little OTT for you pain-wise, but you are sick of fillers… There’s always lip threading. This non-invasive treatment can help you achieve your desired pout – and is FDA approved. Lip threading is essentially the passing of threads through your skin to make your lips appear more defined. The thread are made up of a poly-L-lactic acid, or PLLA, a biocompatible, non-toxic, synthetic substance.
Minimally invasive bunion treatment is increasing in popularity, thanks to a new pioneering, minimally-invasive keyhole surgery that is now available. It only requires local anesthetic and removes the bunion quickly without the use of screws or plates. Patients can return to their daily activities almost immediately.
There’s been a surge in the number of women seeking this treatment for their bunion – which is a visible bump that appears when the big toe leans towards the second toe and can be painful – thank to the speculation that Meghan Markle had bunion treatment.
Varicose veins are one of the most common beauty complaints, causing women to feel self-conscious when wearing certain clothes because of their spider veins. Nowadays, they can be treated easily with the minimally-invasive method called Endovenous Laser Ablation, which can be delivered under local anesthetic and enables the patient to leave the clinic on the same day as treatment.
EmSculpt is now available in the US, and it is the first and only non-invasive muscle and body fat-shaping procedure. The handheld tool uses magnetic fields to activate muscle contractions in the body to break down fat and build muscle.
Body fat responds to the metabolic reaction of the contractions by breaking down, essentially tricking your body into thinking it's working out. It's a painless procedure that has been tested in five clinical studies with measurable results.