How Cosmetic Surgery Trends Have Changed

Surgeons performing surgery in an operating theatre together

Cosmetic surgery is constantly evolving. As new technologies emerge and beauty preferences shift, men and women seek out new and exciting ways to improve their appearance.

The Houston Chronicle recently explored some of the most popular plastic surgery trends over the years through a series of photos. The slideshow details a study performed by the cosmetic surgery experts at, a popular online community devoted entirely to cosmetic surgery.

The article tracks how cosmetic trends have changed and predicts the hottest treatments for 2016—and we’ve picked out a few to share with you!

Bigger isn’t always better

Shapely, supple breasts will always be in style, but the number of women opting for dramatic breast augmentation surgery is slowing down. There was a 35% increase in breast augmentation between 2000 – 2014, thanks in part to the re-approval of silicone gel breast implants in the United States. But in just 2015 alone, more and more women began opting for a more modest enhancement with a focus on natural-looking results—and 39% of plastic surgeons say their female patients opted for smaller implants compared to 2014.

Luscious lips top lists

Celebrities like Kylie Jenner and Angelina Jolie get the nod as inspiration for women who want a plumper, more shapely pucker, and the popularity of lip enhancement has risen substantially over the last year. In fact, RealSelf found that 30% of dermatologists and 43% of facial plastic surgeons report receiving a higher number of lip-related requests from women in 2015—and we’ve seen the same increase in interest in safe lip enhancement here at The Swan Center.

Men and women seek out chiseled jaws

A strong jawline is attractive for either gender, and improving the chin and jaw area can bring other facial features into balance. More patients than ever are interested in achieving a tighter, more youthful chin and neck—both through surgical procedures, like necklift surgery or submental liposuction, and also new nonsurgical options. Remarkably, around 68% of doctors say they expect to have more patients requesting work done on the chin or neck in 2016.

The most important fact stays the same

There’s one truth about cosmetic surgery that never changes: the importance of choosing a skilled, board certified plastic surgeon. A qualified surgeon has the necessary skills and experience to ensure safe results that effectively improve or enhance the areas of your body that concern you the most—and a great surgeon will make personalized recommendations based on current cosmetic trends and advances in technology.

Putting your trust in an experienced surgeon is always in style—and consulting with a board certified plastic surgeon who can help you decide on a treatment plan that’s right for you is a crucial first step. Contact us today to schedule your complimentary consultation and let our Atlanta plastic surgery experts keep you on trend for years to come!

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