It’s the end of the year, which means it’s time to take stock. We’re going to look at some of the top plastic surgery procedures of 2017. Now, it’s important to point out that we’re not necessarily tabulating the popularity of these procedures (that will come later in the year, when the ASPS releases official figures).
What Were the Most Popular Plastic Surgery Procedures of 2017?
Instead, we’re looking at those procedures that made a big splash over the past twelve months. Some of these procedures were tried and true staples that, for some reason, caught on in the public imagination. Others were brand new procedures that started off trendy and never let up.
Of course, these rankings are not based on any data. Rather, they are derived from our familiarity with the market and knowledge of the topic. In other words, we try to keep our fingers pretty close to the pulse of the cosmetic surgery community (for, you know, obvious reasons). And this is what we’ve seen as the top plastic surgery procedures of 2017.
The Explosion of Kybella
The first thing we should talk about if we’re ranking the top plastic surgery procedures of 2017, is the explosion of Kybella. Very few people had heard of this procedure as of 2016, when the FDA approved this injectable for use. However, thanks to dramatic results—and a very effective marketing campaign—Kybella is one of the most searched for cosmetic surgery terms.
If you haven’t heard of this injectable, here’s the deal: Kybella is used to eliminate unwanted fat around the jawline. It can get rid of a double chin with just a few injections. And it does this by synthetically replicating the kinds of fat-breaking chemicals already in your body.
It takes several weeks to see results from Kybella. But patients are generally quite happy with the results, especially as they can see significant transformations without the need for surgery. Kybella was known before 2017, but this was the year that it really made a splash.
Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation
Here’s another procedure that was known before 2017. In fact, it’s been around for a few years. But in 2017, surgeons really seemed to get on board (so, too, did patients). In general, fat transfer breast augmentations begin with a liposuction procedure.
Unwanted fat is removed from the body, processed, and then returned to the body in the form of injections—only this time, it’s returned to a more desirable area. In this case, that fat is injected right into the breasts in order to increase their size.
A fat transfer breast augmentation isn’t going to work for everybody. But for those people who do find it as a viable option, the results can look quite effective and natural at the same time. It’s the same basic principle as a Brazilian Butt Lift—and that procedure has been “making a splash” for years now.
Botox is Still on Top
Finally, we’re going to finish up with Botox. I know that Botox has been around for quite a while. It’s not a new or novel procedure. But year after year, it’s kind of the MVP of any medical spa or cosmetic surgery clinic. That’s because Botox is capable of doing so many different things.
Yes, we all know that Botox can help to mitigate certain lines and wrinkles around the forehead. But Botox can also:
- Help to mitigate the pain and discomfort caused by TMJ
- Help to treat the pain and lower the frequency of migraine headaches
- Diminish the impact and effects of Depression in some patients
- Prevent the formation of wrinkles and lines in the first place
- Treat wrinkles in the forehead
I wouldn’t be shocked if this list went on and on. Botox is a powerful injection. And the fact that surgeons have discovered so many uses for it make you wonder when that’s going to stop (maybe it never will). The point is this: Botox continued to make a splash in 2017—and we don’t see that changing anytime soon.
2018 Will Bring New Procedures and Techniques
We have no doubt that 2018 will bring new “top” procedures. That’s how cosmetic and plastic surgery work. There’s always something exciting around the corner! In order to be prepared for what 2018 will bring, we should keep in mind what the top plastic surgery procedures of 2017 were.
After all, when it comes to plastic and cosmetic surgery, past is often prologue. That makes things a little easier to predict in this surprising field.