Summary: The old stereotype that plastic surgery makes people look “fake” is finally starting to die off now that advancements in procedures have proved to give patients natural looking results.

 

If you’ve taken a recent interest in cosmetic enhancement, you’ve probably noticed a substantial emphasis on “natural-looking” results. As surgical techniques advance and non-surgical treatments, such as injectables, gain traction, men and women are becoming increasingly open to having some work done. Here, we’ll explore the latest advancements in some of the top plastic surgery procedures, examining what defines a “natural-looking” result and how to choose the right plastic surgeon for your needs.

Breast Augmentation

With plastic surgery in general becoming safer, more effective, and more mainstream, breast augmentation is reaching demographics it never has before. Today’s implants come with a dizzying array of options , allowing each patient and her surgeon to work together to create completely customized results.

When it comes to achieving a truly natural result, cohesive silicone gel implants are the current gold standard. These implants are different from both saline implants and previous silicone implants because their fillings, which feel a bit like gummy candy, hold their shape in the unlikely event of a break or tear. This means that the silicone gel doesn’t travel anywhere outside of the breast capsule. Their softness and movement mimic that of natural breast tissue, and most surgeons and patients alike agree that they yield a result that’s hard to beat.

Another implant option that can affect the “natural factor” is that of shape. Implants come in both round and anatomic (sometimes called “teardrop”) shapes. Round implants are what most people think of when they think of implants. Shaped like a dome, they have an equal amount of volume all the way around. Round implants are good for women who want a boost in cleavage, because they enhance both the upper and lower portions of the breast significantly. But anatomic implants, which have a tapered, “ski slope” shape, are often the implant of choice for women in search of more subtle results. Because they mimic the shape of natural breast tissue, with more volume at the bottom, they offer the desired size increase without making a significant shape alteration.

Keep in mind that each surgeon has his or her own preferences, and the options that are best for you can depend on a lot of different factors, including your existing anatomy. A visit with a board-certified plastic surgeon who understands your vision for natural-looking breasts can help you fully understand the best course of action for you.

Facelift

In recent years, the facelift has undergone a facelift of its own. Once thought of as a relatively superficial procedure that merely addressed the skin, today’s techniques allow surgeons to manipulate the muscle, fat, and other underlying tissues of the face to physically reposition them higher and tighter. Called an SMAS facelift (SMAS stands for superficial musculoaponeurotic system), this surgery yields results that look better and last longer than those of previous facelifts. Although not all plastic surgeons offer the SMAS facelift, today’s traditional facelift typically incorporates some degree of underlying structural adjustment for lasting results. During your facelift consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon, he or she will carefully explain his or her preferred technique and give you a better idea of the results you can likely expect.

Injectables

Now among the most popular options for non-surgical aesthetic enhancement, injectable products — including BOTOX® Cosmetic and JUVÉDERM® — have taken the plastic surgery field by storm. With impressive results and little, if any, downtime, injectables are the perfect way for many patients to stave off plastic surgery or maintain the results of a facial rejuvenation procedure.

Although the laws dictating who can administer injectables vary state by state, it’s important to visit an injector working in a medical office under the supervision of a physician. These trained professionals have advanced knowledge of the intricate muscles of the face and neck, leading to smooth, precise, and — most importantly — natural-looking results. According to the website of South Bay Plastic Surgeons, a plastic surgery practice based in Torrance, California, it’s common for practitioners to administer BOTOX Cosmetic and fillers at the same time in a procedure called a “liquid facelift.” Although a liquid facelift can’t create results as significant as those of a surgical facelift, it can substantially reduce the appearance of wrinkles and lost volume for a subtly refreshed look without stitches, recuperation, or anesthesia.

These are just a few of the latest trends in the aesthetic industry. Cosmetic enhancement, like all medical specialities, sees new advances every day. If you’re interested in rejuvenating yourself or think you may someday in the future, be sure to connect with a board-certified plastic surgeon who stays abreast of the leading technologies and trends.