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If you have been thinking about facial cosmetic surgery, you’re not alone! Recent stats indicate that more people decided to improve their appearance last year compared to the year before. Compared to a decade ago, more than two times as many people are now having surgical or minimally invasive facial procedures.

Here are the 7 hottest trends in facial cosmetic surgery:

1. Chin augmentation is the fastest growing trend.

Chin augmentation is the hottest trend in facial cosmetic surgery across all age groups, with demand rising a surprising 71% compared to a year ago. Popularity increased for both men and women and both genders are seeking chin implant surgery in almost equal numbers. A strong chin gives a more youthful, confident and authoritative appearance. An aging population, the increased use of video chat technology and a desire for a competitive advantage in the workplace are driving the huge increase in chin implants.

Check out the video ‘Carly wants a chin’ featuring Dr. Solomon on Slice.ca.

2. Lip surgery is the second fastest growing facial cosmetic surgery.

Lip surgeries shot up by 49% in the last year as more people decided to improve their lip appearance, with either lip lift surgery to correct for a long upper lip, or lip reduction surgery to correct excess fullness. The strong growth in surgeries indicates that people are more interested than ever before to find a more permanent solution than injectables and fillers to enhance the shape and size of their lips.

Dr. Solomon discusses both temporary and permanent lip augmentation options: ‘Tips For Your Lips.’

3. More people are reshaping their cheeks with cheek implants.

Cheek implants increased 47% last year as more people wanted to reshape and restore their sagging cheeks to have rounder, more youthful curves. Cheek implants are a more permanent solution than using injectable fillers, but facial fillers like Radiesse can be a good way to try out the look first before pursuing a more permanent surgical option.

4. Rhinoplasty continues to be the most popular facial cosmetic surgery for both men and women.

Rhinoplasty, or ‘nose job’ surgery, continues to be the number one surgery for both women and men and represents one-third of total facial surgical procedures performed in the last year. There are three times as many women having rhinoplasty compared to men, but more people in both groups are pleased to reduce or reshape their noses to achieve significant improvements to the overall balance of their facial features.

Dr. Solomon has performed over 1000 rhinoplasty procedures for a wide range of patients of different ethnic backgrounds. Visit Rhinoplasty.ca for more information.

5. Demand is up for facial complexion treatments for more even skin tone.

Complexion treatments including intense pulsed light, microdermabrasion and laser skin resurfacing are all up 9% compared to a year ago. More people are seeking ways to achieve a younger-looking, even skin tone and reverse the signs of aging and photo damage, pursuing treatments to lighten brown spots and reduce the appearance of broken capillaries and minimize wrinkles and pore size.

6. Soft tissue fillers like Radiesse are plumping up demand for injectables.

More people had soft tissue fillers last year, to achieve dramatic anti-aging results without having a more invasive surgical procedure. Soft tissue fillers rose 7% in total, driven by a strong 36% upsurge for Radiesse, a newer injectable filler that offers longer lasting results compared to previous generation fillers.

7. More children are undergoing plastic surgery to avoid bullying.

The recent news about 14-year old Nadia Ilse, who had facial plastic surgery to correct deformities of her ears, nose and chin, has unleashed a spirited media debate about the appropriateness of facial plastic surgery for children. Dr. Solomon sees a seasonal upsurge in patient consultations during the back to school period for children and young adults considering otoplasty and rhinoplasty procedures. He believes that cosmetic surgery can play an important role young people who are dealing with facial deformities. Listen to his interview on CBC Radio’s The Current.

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