The 21st century seems to be the era of the perfect body, and with the technology to achieve just that, cosmetic surgery is pushing the boundaries of what can be tucked, filled, implanted, and removed. Here are just a few of the areas where cosmetic surgery is making a big impact.
The latest hair transplant technology is called follicular unit extraction (FUE), which involves harvesting hair follicle units from the donor site, and transplanting them to the recipient site. The number of hair follicles transplanted at one time ranges from one to four, depending on each individual case. Common locations for donor sites include the sides and back of the scalp, where healthy hair is more likely to grow. If you are looking for hair transplant in Turkey, there are professional hair transplant clinics, and this seems to be by far the most popular destination for European men seeking hair transplant treatment.
The advantages of FUE hair transplants include,
- Very quick healing process
- Healthy hair follicles transplanted
- No scarring
- Ideal for short hair, as it looks natural
- A painless procedure
The quest for perfection has centred on the lips, perhaps the most erotic part of the face, and lip augmentation is very popular among women in modern society. There are many types of dermal fillers that can be injected into the lips or around the mouth, giving that full, pouty look that everyone seems to want. Many of the latest fillers contain hyaluronic acid, which the body creates naturally, and it helps to give the lips volume.
Hyaluronic acid fillers
These offer precise control for the doctor, and the injections can be administered gradually, until the desired results are achieved. The loss of hyaluronic acid is what naturally causes wrinkles, so it is a good idea to replenish that if possible. The other main reason why hyaluronic acid is used for lip treatment is that the body does not reject it, as it is a naturally occurring substance.
Non-invasive nose treatment
Many people have undergone surgery to correct bumps on the nose, and while going under the knife will bring the desired look, there is a lot of bruising, and the recovery time is long. Using derma-fillers, doctors can repair bumpy noses by injecting an exact amount of filler, which raises the skin and covers the bump. Non-surgical nose jobs are all the rage this year, and with a much less invasive procedure, those ugly nose bumps can be smoothed out.
This has become popular in 2016, perhaps due to the defined shape of J-Lo and Kim Kardashian’s derriere, and involves harvesting fatty tissue from one part of the body, and incising it into another. Fat grafting is a good alternative to injectables, as it is permanent, while a derma filler will last around 6 months. Plastic surgeons are reporting a rise in the number of women who want fat grafts to the buttocks, although this technique is also used to fill certain areas of the face that hollow out with age.
Trends for men
Cosmetic surgery in the men’s department has always been headed by the hair transplant industry, and with innovative techniques, the hair transplant process is becoming less painful, and with faster healing time and affordable cost. Turkey is the hair transplant capital of the world, with some of the best transplant doctors operating out of state-of-the art clinics. Nose and eye surgery are rising in popularity, with fillers being widely used to achieve good results.
Trends for women
Aside from the Kardashian rear enlargement, breast augmentation and tummy tucks are in this year, and with the ability to change the human form, the cosmetic surgeon has opened a new door for those who crave perfection.
Technology has allowed what used to be permanent inking to be removed, either partially or fully. Laser tattoo removal has been with us for some time now, coming to the forefront in the 1980’s, and the continued development had led to startling results, with black ink completely removable.
The right light
A laser beam breaks down the particles in the ink, and the human immune system takes care of the rest. Each tattoo ink has a specific absorption spectra, and therefore some colours, such as fluorescents, greens and yellows, are harder to remove than others. Although tattoos are very much in at the moment, many people opt for getting inked without considering the full implications, and therefore the tattoo removal industry is always a busy one.
Non-surgical skin tightening
Non-invasive methodology is used to tighten skin, as opposed to the traditional nip and tuck, and the benefits are many. It can be used to tighten loose skin on the face, neck, arms or abdomen, or just to reduce the laxity of the skin. The treatment requires frequent sessions for optimum results, and any type of skin can be tightened by this painless procedure. There are three main types.
- Radiofrequency energy
A specially designed tip is placed on the skin, and radiofrequency energy penetrates deep into the skin, which heats the area, stimulating collagen production.
- Intense pulsed light (IPL)
The patient wears protective eyewear, and a continuous cooling enables infra-red to heat up the deep dermis, which stimulates collagen production, and this magical substance is what keeps skin looking healthy and young.
After a gel is applied to the patient’s skin, the ultrasound emits short thermal bursts to stimulate the deeper layers of the skin.
These skin tightening treatments are preferred because there is no damage done to the surface skin, and the process stimulates a natural process.
The current trend in Seoul and Tokyo is to have a more pronounced “v” shaped chin, taking that Asian roundness away, and coupled with nose reshaping, is a popular choice for the younger generation.
The modern cosmetic surgeon has techniques to change any part of a person’s anatomy, and with changing trends, they will face many challenges in the future.