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A Glimpse at the Future of Plastic Surgery

Statistics by the American Society of Plastic Surgery reveal that cosmetic surgery procedures increased 198% between 1992 and 2000. That dramatic increase led to another 48% increase from 2000 to 2006. With statistics like these, and breakthrough technological advances, it is only expected that plastic surgery will sky-rocket in the future.

There are several changes in plastic surgery which are expected in the coming years.

It is projected that new types of injectable fillers will be available to patients who want to treat fine facial lines and wrinkles. Fillers such as Botulinum toxins may be more effective than the traditional BOTOX™ by giving patients immediate results. This filler offers a larger dose, which requires two treatments a year instead of the traditional four that BOTOX™ patients need. This filler has not been approved by the FDA for cosmetic use.

Another wrinkle treatment, called Artecoll®, could be a permanent solution to treating wrinkles. Artecoll® has been used in Europe since 1989 and it involves microscopic plastic beads that are suspended in collagen from cows. Once this collagen is injected, the beads trigger the body to produce natural collagen. The beads continue to “remind” the body to produce more collagen continuously as they deplete.

Developers are also looking into taking the calcium found in human bones and teeth, and injecting it to enlarge the lips and fill folds and wrinkles. This new technique, also known as Radiance™, reportedly lasts 2-5 years and poses little risks of allergic reactions because it comes from natural human tissue. Radiance™ has not yet been approved by the FDA.

The development of new cosmetic techniques will continue to mark changes to the cosmetic surgery experience. Procedures that once required scalpels, such as facelifts, will soon be performed with lasers, giving patients a quick recovery time and less scarring.

Laser technologies are also expected to bloom, as developers try to find new ways to deliver energy beneath the skin. One example of this technology is Smartlipo™, which uses a laser to melt the fat that’s beneath the skin, in a safe, quick manner with only a very small incision.

It is interesting to note that the future also brings about cosmetic surgery for furry people – pets. Cosmetic surgery for pets is popular in Brazil and is quickly spreading to other countries. Pet owners want to correct imperfections in ears, teeth and nails of their pets to increase their changes of winning in dog shows and competitions.

The future holds many fascinating developments in cosmetic surgery. However, patients should always keep in mind that not all plastic surgeons are qualified to perform plastic surgery safely. Choosing a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, or a surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, will give you piece of mind and comfort. Board Certified Plastic Surgeons have gone through rigorous training programs and have graduated from reputable and accredited medical schools. They have the necessary skills for performing successful, safe cosmetic surgery – for today and the future.

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