Subtle look will reign among plastic surgery trends in 2020
Heard of the 2018 Korean drama titled My ID is Gangnam Beauty? It tells the story of Kang Mi-rae, a college student who grew up timid and insecure during her high school years because of her appearance being the subject of ridicule from her peers. Wanting to live a normal life like everyone else, she decides to undergo plastic surgery before entering university life.
In what seems to be her rebirth, she starts to feel more accepted and included in activities, interests, hobbies, and other normal things people her age go through and enjoy doing. But at the same time, she’s also beginning to feel that being beautiful isn’t always what it seems to be. As she starts to succumb to the pressure of being pretty and popular, she finds herself in the throes of the same distressing experience she once had to go through.
Garnering praise for its efficient portrayal of “lookism” (discrimination based on physical appearance) and society’s superficial beauty standards and how these influence the ways people are recognized and viewed; Mi-rae’s story is close to most people—who only want to simply be beautiful, which shouldn’t be met with disdain by anyone. After all, what should matter more is your personality, which isn’t your looks.
Non-invasive enhancements that complement natural looks
With social stigma relating to plastic surgery becoming less nowadays and people are not much bothered by its associated connotation anymore, getting medical aesthetic procedures are becoming a lot more common as well as accessible and affordable to everyone.
And as plastic surgery trends keep changing, it’s no longer about going through the knife. These days, there are many non-surgical procedures to choose from and are most-preferred by many people. Driven by technological advancements, enhancing your physical looks no longer needs to take several months and are now less obvious, but also not undermining your natural looks.
Dr. Simon Ourian, a plastic surgeon from Beverly Hills thinks that his practice in sculpting and aesthetic procedures has always been about classic beauty, in which he likes the results to be more coordinated to an individual’s face and not be prominent.
In line with this, Dr. Ourian considers the following to be incoming trends in the New Year.
The subtle look – As opposed to traditions before that people are after dramatic improvements, these days patients prefer a “more natural look” and not a complete overhaul of their face or body. A little bit of enhancements of about 20 percent to their normal features is much more regular now through non-invasive procedures such as Botox and fillers.
Ultrasound and radiofrequency treatments – Energy devices are now used to make heat seep through the skin to solve sagging skin problems. Some examples are Ultherapy, a non-invasive ultrasound procedure by means of a device called Ulthera system (for upper eyelid hooding, neck contouring, skin tightening, and rejuvenation for enhanced jawline) and Thermage, a radiofrequency treatment for the stimulation of new collagen growth (for smoother, tighter skin; softened wrinkles and fine lines; contouring sagging skin and crepey eyelid skin texture).
Skin-like fillers – Restylane and Juvederm that restore lost volume to recover facial contours are just some popular injectables and are normally made of hyaluronic acid. While these will continue to be popular, Dr. Ourian believes that the new fillers coming out next year would have more beneficial results for its distinct characteristics: mimicking your skin texture, designed to match various parts of the face, can act as bone extensions, and longer-lasting.
As for facial threads, seen as a face-lift alternative, Dr. Ourian reckons that the results aren’t as worthy as the hype calls for it. Even full-on face-lifts may have to go too, so instead he recommends having a dedicated daily skin-care routine as it’s still one of the best ways to effectively keep a younger-looking skin no matter the age.