ASAPS has come up with some very interesting observations about what will happen in the world of cosmetic surgery. Below is a list of some of the things that I completely agree with:
Silicone gel breast implants will be approved by the FDA. Once approved, these devices, due largely to their more natural feel and appearance, will dominate the U.S. market. Gel implants have dominated global markets for the past fifteen years. I think there are still some concerns about their safety and the manner in which the manufacturers and the FDA have dealt with the controversy is not very encouraging, but I am expecting that women will have another choice for breast implants.
- As in everything else, racial and ethnic minorities will have surgery in larger numbers. Right now they are just 20%. I hear that Hispanics, Asians, and African-Americans are all looking at their options.
- Millions of other people are as scared of surgery as I am. However, doctors are not ignorant of this reality and as the popularity of non-surgical and minimally invasive procedures continues to grow; surgeons and manufacturers will develop new techniques and products that advance the science, produce even better results and lessen recovery time. We are already seeing procedures for the eye, nose, and lips. Large-scale clinical studies will be implemented to validate the safety and effectiveness of minimally-invasive treatments such as barbed sutures (the so-called lunch-hour facelift) and fat melting without surgery.
- Men and plastic surgery. Absolutely. I think that taboo is gone. Three out of five men approve of cosmetic surgery and one out of five would consider having it. As many as four out of five men men surveyed by AFAPS said they would not be embarrassed if people in addition to their family and close friends knew they had undergone cosmetic surgery.
- The growth and popularity of cosmetic fillers will dramatically increase as products continue to evolve and new players enter the market.