While plastic surgery was once thought to be something only the rich and famous did, those getting these surgeries are more diverse than ever.
I’m Mark Mofid, a board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon. Throughout my years practicing, I’ve seen many patients regain their sense of self-esteem through minimally invasive surgeries. These aren’t always people in the spotlight. In fact, I consult with and perform surgery on a range of men and women across all the spectrum.
Cosmetically, they seek enhancements to proportion their bodies, in so hoping to better accommodate for what they have been naturally endowed with.
With the popularization and de-stigmatization of cosmetic procedures, we’ve come to see a trend of investment in medical professionals refining the methods and materials of these surgeries. I expect that 2018 will be a defining year like the previous ones in the field of cosmetic enhancement.
The focus is shifting towards smarter, safer, and more real-looking changes in appearance. Cutting edge surgeons make these tenets a priority, and the results are astounding. Scars are virtually imperceptible to the eye.
Implants do more than look real, they feel real.
All of this comes through more experimentation, learning, and obtaining the most optimal materials.
One of the biggest trends in beauty Mark Mofid sees surfacing more in 2018 is the buttock or gluteal augmentation. In the past decade, we’ve the number of patients increase tenfold. This increase has been amidst a dip in the popularity of the procedure several years ago, which recouped.
Brazil has seen a steady increase, as they have been embracing the surgery more and more because of how technologically advanced and realistic the implants have become. In fact, I learned the buttock augmentation techniques I currently use in my practice from Brazil-based plastic surgeon Dr. Raul Gonzalez.
In Brazil, buttock or gluteal augmentation doesn’t play a supporting role to breast augmentation to the extent that it does here in the U.S.
The media has largely presented the same ideal of the hourglass figure for decades.
This is despite the ins and outs of various fashionable body types.With this in mind, I aimed to determine the connection between the women presented to us as attractive.
Mark Mofid took data from Playmates from 1953 through 2012, and came up with a ratio of proportion that was commonly determined as perceivably desirable. It’s been consistent across decades, indicating that getting an augmentation now stands even as the fashions and popular perceptions of beauty change. So on whichever point on the BMI scale that a woman stands, she can achieve that golden ratio.
Taking what I learned from Dr. Gonzalez, I set out to deliver the waist-to-hip ratios of 0.68 so commonly notable among Playboy Centerfolds.
Using this mentality of aesthetics that creates the most appealing ratios, I created the Low Profile Round Gluteal Implant for Implantech.
This intramuscular implant looks more natural and accounts for the patient’s current body shape. Many plastic surgeons are still placing implants on top of the muscle, which has its own set of possible complications like fluid build-up. Implantation within the muscle itself is a more demanding procedure, but the end results are proportionate and real looking.
More than appearing real, the implants also feel real. You can’t feel them when you sit down, and actually, if someone else is touching your buttock, they won’t be able to tell either. If the surgery is done properly, the scar from the incision will be close to invisible. Intramuscular gluteal implants have been refined as such that they will provide a timeless hourglass enhancement without the scary stories sometimes associated with plastic surgery.
As with gluteal implants, the trend in cosmetic surgery technology opens the doors to much more refinement of procedures that we are already familiar with and implementing. We’re getting more efficient and making more impact with less unpleasant reverberations like long healing times and very noticeable scars. The overall effect of these technological advancements provides more options for everyday people to seriously consider plastic surgery.
Breast augmentation will continue to occupy the cosmetic surgery space in 2018.
But especially with my own patients, I suggest more conservative sizing. The aim is to accentuate what the patient already has, so opting for realistic sizing and proportion makes for an overall more natural look.
2018 may well be the year of the decline in cartoonish figures and noticeable enhancements, given than patients and doctors have open consultations about the goals and implications of the proposed procedures.
As I’ve mentioned, many of my patients are ordinary people who seek minor modifications in their appearance.
It’s my job to talk them through the procedure and ensure that they have enough information to guide them through the process. With that said, for all of these procedures, do the work beforehand in choosing the right doctor. Check the doctor’s website and opt for someone who’s board certified and has hospital privileges – even if they’ll be operating from their office or a surgery center. You should be able to thoroughly discuss all aspects of the procedure with your doctor before the surgery is performed. This includes the healing process and what to do if complications arise.
Mark Mofid believes 2018 is the year of realistic cosmetic surgery.
Technological and procedural advancements in the field render plastic surgery more accessible than ever. Enhancements across a wide range of ages and diverse paths are going to continue to escape the critical eye.
Simply put, cosmetic surgery looks and feels more real than ever. Care for proportion gives people timelessly attractive body shapes. Conservative enhancements will cast aside the usual association of “unnatural” and “over-the-top” with plastic surgery.
Proportionate enhancements not only look more seamless with the body’s appearance, but also don’t run the risks that excessive enhancements do with improper alignment. Realistic cosmetic surgery is propelled by the doctor’s pushback on requests not in favor of the patient.
In equal parts, it relies on the skill, keen attention to improvement, and use of technologically-forward methods of the doctor. 2018 will be marked by realistic cosmetic procedures and a sharp eye towards the future of the field.