Plastic Surgery Trends for 2018


I’m delighted to share this article from Allure magazine by Sophie Wirt that mentioned yours truly and discussed fabulous non-invasive procedures for 2018.  We have them at Marina Plastic Surgery. Call us for a consultation!

As far as cosmetic procedures go — 2017 was the unofficial Year of Plumped-Up Lips. While lip augmentation is still on the rise, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) predicts some non-lip-related procedures will be all the rage in 2018. Below, the most surprising trends on the horizon for the new year.

The Laser Bra Lift

In contrast to the early 2000s trend of larger breasts, some may argue that small boobs are trending these days (though, to be clear, all shapes and sizes have been and always will be bomb). According to the ASAPS, a scalpel-free, laser-assisted breast reduction coined, “The Laser Bra Lift,” could rival traditional breast reductions in 2018.

“It creates a full, perky look— it’s essentially an internal bra, with no foreign material,” explains Grant Stevens, a Los Angeles-based plastic surgeon, who pioneered the two-hour procedure after noticing that lasers affect breast tissue similarly to facial tissue (i.e. improved elasticity and smoothness). Instead of removing and discarding excess skin from the breast, the Laser Bra Lift leaves skin intact and treats it with a C02 laser, thereby creating an “internal bra.”

Botox 2.0

Although Botox doesn’t seem to be hanging up its hat anytime soon (especially considering the fact that there are multiple uses for the injectable), Michigan-based plastic surgeon, Anthony Youn, predicts “…there will a product better than Botox released in the next year.” Although it’s still unclear as to what exactly a better Botox will entail, he notes “there are similar products in the pipeline that will likely come out in 2018,” which could eclipse Botox as the most frequently administered cosmetic injectable. Any ideas?

Customized labia

Labiaplasty — i.e. the process of reshaping the labia for aesthetics and/or comfort — jumped by 23 percent in 2016 and has been steadily increasing ever since. “The stigma is beginning to fade,” notes New York City-based plastic surgeon Tracy Pfeifer, “more women are seeking treatments to increase confidence and comfort.” No matter the reason behind the procedure — confidence, comfort, curiosity — in keeping with ASPS predictions, experts expect to see more procedures down there next year.

Filler…for your eyes

“2018 will be all about new uses for fillers,” asserts Pfeifer. Most notably — and perhaps most surprisingly — around the eyes. Specifically, more docs will employ fillers to shape the eye area; a far cry from the notion of merely removing fat from around the eyes to minimize bags. As Pfeifer explains, “fillers to the upper and lower eyelids restore the volume that is lost around the eyes as we age.” Think of it like hardcore contouring for your peepers — no palette required.

Have a wonderful holiday season. We’ll bring you more Beauty by Stevens next year!

Cheers! WGS

About Dr. Grant Stevens

W. GRANT STEVENS, MD, FACS Clinical Professor of Plastic Surgery University of Southern California Grant Stevens, MD, FACS, is the founder and medical director of Marina Plastic Surgery and the Orange Twist Institute in Marina Del Rey, California. He is a Clinical Professor of Plastic Surgery at the University of Southern California, Chairman of the USC-Marina Aesthetic Surgery Fellowship and the Director of the USC Division of Aesthetic Surgery. Dr. Stevens is past president of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) and chairman of the ASAPS Board of Trustees. He is third vice president of the board of directors of the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS). He was elected by his peers into "The Guide to Top Doctors" and Castle Connolly's "Top Doctor Guide," recognizing him as one of the best plastic surgeons in America and one of the select few to be featured in "Plastic Surgery: The World's Top Surgeons & Clinics." Dr. Stevens is an active member at Marina Del Rey Hospital, where he is the past Chairman of the Department of Surgery, the Chairman of the Liposuction Committee and the Medical Director of The Breast Center. He is also on staff at St. John's Medical Center, the Marina Outpatient Surgery Center and USC. Dr. Stevens graduated with honors from Washington University Medical School in St. Louis where he was awarded the Senior Prize in Surgery. He completed his general surgery training at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center then returned to Washington University-Barnes Hospital where he completed a Fellowship in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery with Dr. Paul Weeks, Dr. Leroy Young, Dr. Tom Mustoe, Dr. Jeffrey Marsh and Dr. R. Christie Wray. He is a board certified Diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the International College of Surgeons. He was appointed by the governor of California to the Medical Board of California Medical Quality Review Board. Dr. Stevens is an ASAPS and ISAPS Traveling Professor lecturing at numerous international, national and regional meetings and is an invited visiting professor at numerous U.S. and international universities. Dr. Stevens has authored more than 90 articles and chapters on aesthetic plastic surgery. He is a member of many medical societies, including ASAPS, ISAPS, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, International College of Surgeons, American College of Surgeons and American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery. Dr. Stevens is the past Chairman of the California Medical Association Advisory Panel on Plastic Surgery. He received the California State Assembly and the California State Senate Certificate of Recognition. He has also received the Special Congressional Certificate of Recognition and the Distinguished Service Citation from the Medical Board of California. He has been interviewed for articles including those in Time, USA Today, People, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Glamour, Vogue, Allure, Cosmetic Surgery Times, Business Week, Men's Fitness, LA Times Magazine, Discovery and numerous newspapers. He has appeared on more than 125 television programs including CNN, Discovery, 60 Minutes, MSNBC, The Learning Channel, PBS Nightly Business Report and many other TV and radio interviews.

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