Plastic surgery trends have become increasingly popular throughout the years. Many people see it as a quick way to improve their appearance. But as the saying goes, “All good things must come to an end.” And in the case of many of these trends, truer words have never been spoken.

Plastic Surgery Throughout the Years

Plastic surgery has been around since the ancient Egyptians who used it to treat bone fractures and other injuries. And in the early 1900s, facial reconstruction was popular among veterans as a way to repair damage caused by injury or illness. This set the stage for later developments such as rhinoplasty and blepharoplasty (eyelid lifts).

Not long after, liposuction was introduced to the masses. It combines suction with saline solution injections to remove fat from multiple parts of the body.

The modern era of plastic surgery trends began in the 1960s. Advancements in anesthesia and antibiotics led to improved safety and recovery. Breast augmentation was one of the first procedures to become popular during this period and remains a common choice today. Liposuction is now also more refined. Newer techniques such as ultrasonic liposculpture provide more precise results than ever before.

Soon after, face lifts became increasingly popular plastic surgery trend that people sought to regain their youthful appearance.

And recently, experts began seeing a surge in non-surgical procedures such as Botox, Dysport and other fillers to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Minimally invasive body sculpting treatments such as CoolSculpting are also popular for people wanting to slim down their midsection or arms without going under the knife. And of course, the Brazilian Butt Lift or “BBL” made its debut, ushering in a new wave of customers seeking “the look.”

Cosmetic Enhancements To Leave in 2022

Each year, plastic surgery trends change as new technology is developed and medical advancements are made. But even though plastic surgery can be beneficial in some cases, there are many trends that can be potentially dangerous. For this reason, it is important to understand the risks associated with certain procedures. This way you can make an informed decision about whether or not it is right for you. Here are five plastic surgery trends to leave in 2022:


‘Fox Eye’ Thread Lift

The ‘fox eye’ thread lift is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that provides results without having to go under the knife. It uses skin-lifting threads that are inserted under the skin of your face, with minimal downtime.

But according to consultant ophthalmic and oculoplastic surgeon Dr. Elizabeth Hawkes, the procedure was initially marketed to older patients. “However,” it became popular with a younger audience who wanted to alter their appearance and emulate the looks of celebrities.” She explained to Refinery29, also noting that she has received quite a few requests from patients to reverse the procedure altogether.

She says that even though the procedure was all the rage at one point, many patients find that “it’s a very unnatural look based on a social media trend and generally it looks awful.”

Not to mention, there are multiple risks and side effects associated with this procedure. Common side effects include bruising, swelling, redness, itching, and infection at the site.


Dermal Fillers Made From Foreign Substances

Injectable fillers have become increasingly popular among both men and women looking to reduce wrinkles and fine lines. The treatments are non-invasive, meaning that they do not require surgery or other risky procedures. Instead, a gel-like substance is injected into the skin with a very thin needle in order to plump up the area of choice. 

Celebrities such as Kylie Jenner admitted to receiving injectable lip fillers, sparking a trend online and IRL.

But board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Anthony Youn, MD tells Healthline that fillers can be dangerous when substances other than hyaluronic acid are injected into the skin. Instead, he argues that patients should stick to injectables made from hyaluronic acid such as Juvéderm and Restylane.

“These are [the] safest fillers because we have an antidote to them, so we can inject a substance that can melt [the filler] away if you don’t like it.”


Overfill Overkill

According to experts, dermal fillers containing hyaluronic acid are safest to use. But even the “safe” fillers can have you holding a ‘L’ when used in excess.

When injectable fillers are administered too heavily, the results can be disastrous. Too much filler results in an unnatural, bloated look, with overly-plump cheeks, lips and even temples.

As a result, many patients who once sought “the look” are now clamoring to get rid of it.

Celebrities such as Courtney Cox and Amy Schumer have openly admitted to dissolving their fillers. And Pennslyvania facial plastic surgeon Dr. Jason Bloom explained to Fashionista that celebrity influence is behind the decrease in public interest as well.


Choosing a Surgeon Based on Social Media Pics

According to board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Robert Houser, much of the risk lies in the surgeon you choose.

Undergoing plastic surgery, no matter the procedure, can carry risks. Because of this, it is vital that prospective patients search for a qualified surgeon to perform their procedure — and NOT on Instagram.

He argues that social media photos can be deceiving. Many underqualified or downright fake “surgeons” post altered or pictures of their work to usher in more clients. But choosing a fake professional to do the job can be harmful and even life-threatening.

To play it safe, Dr. Houser suggests that patients “ask friends for recommendations, schedule consultations with plastic surgeons, and choose someone based on their qualifications and your comfort with them.”


The Brazilian Butt Lift

The Brazilian Butt Lift or “BBL” procedure has gained tremendous popularity over the last few years, as many women are looking for a way to achieve their desired buttock shape and size. But unfortunately, the BBL procedure carries serious risks and can even be deadly, with a number of deaths making headlines at home and overseas.

The BBL involves removing fat cells from other parts of the body and injecting them into the buttocks in order to give a fuller and rounder look. But board-certified plastic surgeon Arthur W. Perry, MD, FACS argues against the procedure, noting the many lives its taken since its increase in popularity in a post for USA Today.

“I believe that plastic surgeons should stop performing this procedure. I’ll make few friends among my colleagues calling for a BBL ban, but the Hippocratic oath promises to “do no harm.”