With the weakened economy, skipping plastic and cosmetic surgery procedures in 2008 made sense; however, experts predict that 2009 may be the year to finally get that tummy tuck.
The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) and the editors of the Consumer Guide to Plastic Surgery have reviewed the nip tuck trends in the U.S. this past year, and created a list of predictions for 2009.
2009 looks to be another year for injectable filler 'liquid facelifts' and fat injections for breast augmentation, but there are also some new procedures and treatments to look forward to. From eyelash extensions to fat-freezing liposuction, here's a preview of the top 2009 cosmetic surgery trends:
Facelift alternatives - consumers will still be conscientious about their spending habits in 2009, which means the pricey facelift may not make it to the most coveted list. More people will be turning to injectables such as Restylane and Juvederm instead; these can help fill out fine lines and wrinkles, and improve the appearance of sagging skin.
Botox alternatives - men and women will continue to count on Botox fora quick-fix antiwrinkle solution, bt there is another alternative to Botox on the horizon. Reloxin has proven to have similar effects as Botox, but may have fewer risks of side effects; the injectable will finally be available in 2009.
Gummy bear implants - also known as cohesive gel implants, these implants have enjoyed ongoing success in Europe and South America. They may soon be available in the United States; research and trials are currently underway.
Final word on Lipodissolve - hundreds of consumers reported adverse side effects from Lipodissolve procedures in 2007 and 2008, and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery followed up with a set of clinical trials. Results from these studies are expected to be released in mid-2009, and may provide some insights on the vtrue safety and efficacy of this liposuction treatment.
Breast implant alternatives -using ones own body fat to augment the breast tissue is expected to become a common procedure in 2009. Women who want to balance out asymmetric breasts or only slightly enlarge their natural breast size may enjoy better results with fat injections.
Eyelash extension treatments - The FDA has approved LATISSE, an eyelash lengthening treatment that promises thicker and fuller lashes, and the drug Lumigan has also been linked to eyelash enhancement. Consumers may soon see these treatments at their area cosmetic surgeon's office.