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Plastic Surgery Canada: Trends for 2017

We asked our Canadian Plastic Surgeons: what are some of the trends you are predicting for 2017? Here are their answers:

“In 2017 I feel patients will continue to frequently request Fat Injection procedures where fat is transferred from one area of the body to another. Common areas where contour can be enhanced are lips, cheeks, breasts, butts and even hands. I have been using fat injection techniques for well over a decade and have seen a steady increase in its popularity. Patients are requesting a natural, refreshed appearance. The “operated look” is out. They want a technique which is safe, conservative and permanent. Fat injection is often the best choice.”
Dr Wayne Carman, Toronto Plastic Surgeon

“The continuing trend I am seeing in my practice is the shift away from breast augmentation and towards augmenting the butt. Brazilian Butt Lifts get twice as many likes on my social media than breast augmentations. And this is a trend I see not only on my social media, but during consultations in my Toronto practice. I am the first surgeon in Canada to utilize a fat auto-infuser, used by many Brazilian Butt Lift experts around the world. I can inject large volumes of fat with greater ease and better sculpting ability with this technique.”
Dr. Martin Jugenburg, Toronto Plastic Surgeon

“One of the most exciting recent developments in Plastic Surgery is the ability to save stem cells from liposuction. Every day as you age, your cells become older, damaged and lose their ability to repair and rejuvenate. You can preserve some of your healthy stem cells by setting them aside by cryopreservation. (For more info please click here)
In cosmetic surgery use of fat grafts and refinements of fat grafts such as Micro and Nanofat allow the legal delivery of these Adipose Derived Stem Cells to areas that could not be previously treated such as fine lines of the mouth and neck, dark pigmentation under the eyes and Décolleté area of the neck.”
Dr Sammy Sliwin, Toronto Plastic Surgeon

“One of the exciting things about my practice is the bridge that exists between cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. I am lucky to work in both worlds of plastic surgery and therefore have noticed a trend for an increase in demand for my cleft lip and palate patients who have become adults to look to optimize their facial appearance. Rhinoplasties for both improved appearance and function have been surging at my practice, and I feel lucky enough to be blessed with the training and skills to help improve deformities and perceived concerns in facial appearance, whether straight forward or difficult.”
Dr. Ryan Frank, Calgary Plastic Surgeon

“The trend in non-surgical body contouring has become increasingly popular in 2017, as patients of aesthetic medicine are constantly demanding non-invasive procedures with shorter down time. And, while many surgical techniques continue to be the procedures of choice, we are seeing many more non-surgical body contouring patients come into our clinic. The reason? Often these less invasive procedures will do almost as well as a more involved surgery. CoolSculpting (which targets and freezes fat cells and allows the body to naturally eliminate them) and Belkyra (removes stubborn pockets of fat that can form under the chin) are what we predict to trend this year.”
Dr. Frank Lista, Mississauga Plastic Surgeon

The upward trend we are seeing in our clinic is the Liquid Facelift (also known as the Softlift). This involves the use of a neuromodulator (like Botox or Dysport) and a filler substance (such as Juvederm, Voluma, or Restylane). Using this combination, wrinkles on the face can be reduced, folds can be eliminated, and sagging facial structures can be lifted. Cheeks can be highlighted, jowls hidden, and the folds around the mouth lessened. It is as if you had gotten a facelift but did not have surgery. Many of our patients prefer to have these non-surgical treatments, rather than a full facelift, until they get much older. The Liquid Facelift allows for that.
Dr. Jerome Edelstein, Toronto Plastic Surgeon