Summary: When you’re a kid, predicting the future is more about wondering what birthday presents you might get. But as we grow older, we get to ponder bigger questions. At this time of year, we like thinking about what plastic surgery will look like in the year 2017—whether it will be any different than what’s come before.
Predicting the Future, 2017 Version
As we reach the end of 2016 (it’s been a heck of a year), it never hurts to stop for a bit and reflect on what’s happened over the last twelve months. Of course, that also begs the question about what will happen over the next twelve months. What will plastic surgery in 2017 look like? Or cosmetic surgery, for that matter?
There are a few general ways to answer that question. Obviously, no one can perfectly predict the future. Even our best guesses at what will come are no doubt flawed. But that doesn’t stop us from trying! In fact, we always thought it was fun trying to get a sneak peak at what plastic surgery in the next year might look like.
That’s partly because plastic surgery is such a constantly innovating field. You never know what’s going to happen next.
Taking a Look at Plastic Surgery in 2017
While plastic surgery is a field that innovates constantly, it can sometimes be simultaneously relatively slow moving, especially when compared to it’s cosmetic surgery cousin. There’s a pretty good reason for this: any time you begin using incisions to get results, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Procedures that involve incisions, therefore, tend to go through many different “approval” processes before they are widely accepted and widely used. Much of that is done in a peer-reviewed setting (for example, by publishing a new incision technique in an appropriate journal). When it comes to new devices, however, the FDA generally gets involved.
We can, however, make a few broad generalizations about what plastic surgery in 2017 might look like:
- An emphasis on minimally invasive procedures: Every year, procedures on average get a little less invasive. That’s because surgeons are constantly thinking of new techniques in which patients can get excellent results but don’t have to go through as tough of a recovery period. Procedures get more and more minimally invasive every year.
- An emphasis on quick healing and pain management: One of the most challenging parts of plastic surgery (for the patient) is the recovery period. You have to let yourself heal, but you also have to challenge yourself. And, of course, you have to manage any type of discomfort. It’s not surprising, then, that surgeons are constantly looking at ways to improve healing and pain management. In other words, the faster the recovery, the more successful the procedure.
What About Cosmetic Surgery in 2017?
We’re likely to see more “novel” procedures in the year 2017. Over the past few years, we’ve seen procedures pop up (such as the non surgical nose job, the saline-injection breast augmentation, CoolSculpting, and Kybella). These procedures all treat different areas, and they work in different ways. But they have something in common: they offer a non surgical alternative.
In 2017, I’d expect to see this trend continue. In fact, I wouldn’t be shocked if we see something like a “non surgical tummy tuck” or a “non surgical breast lift” or something to that effect. There’s no limit to the possibilities.
I wouldn’t have always said that. But in 2016, cosmetic surgeons introduced a treatment called Kybella. According to the website of the Twin Cities Med Spa Carillon Minneapolis, Kybella can actually eliminate someone’s double chin. Before that, the notion of an injectable that could “melt” fat seemed pretty far-fetched.
But, medical scientists figured out a way to do it. And that’s pretty awesome. It means that many more people can now get a youthful, athletic looking jawline without the need for surgery. And if that’s possible, who am I to downplay the possibility of anything else?
It Should Be an Exciting Year
Whether we’re talking about plastic surgery in 2017 or its cosmetic surgery counterpart (really, the only difference between the two is whether a scalpel is used or not), the new year is shaping up to be pretty exciting. We’re looking forward to the innovations and novelties that come out during the next 365 days!
If history is any guide (and it usually is), 2017 will be another great year in which results get progressively better and recovery gets progressively easier. Yes, we know about the old saying regarding pain and gain (no pain, no gain). But we just don’t think it should apply (as much) to plastic or cosmetic surgery.
The less pain the better. The more gain the better. That’s all there is to it. And, if we’re lucky, 2017 will keep going in that direction!