Cosmetic surgery and aesthetic procedures are more popular than ever, and following on from recent lockdowns, many clinics have seen a dramatic surge in interest from those looking for a nip, a tuck and a tweak.
While the rate at cosmetic procedures are performed stagnated in 2020 at the height of the pandemic, surgeons are reporting that bookings have been up over this past summer summer as we return to some form of normality – fuelled in part by the months of staying at home with excessive time to eat, drink, and look in the mirror. Add to that the fact that beauty salons across the country have been forced to close for extended periods over the past eighteen months, putting paid to our usual massages, facials, lash and brow appointments, and it seems that we’re now more critical than ever of our appearances – and eager to get ahead on our beauty regimes should further lockdowns occur in the future with the latest aesthetic treatments on the block.
From breast augmentations and Brazilian butt lifts to micro-needling and radiofrequency anti-ageing treatments, if you’re looking for a boost in 2022, then these are the cosmetic surgery and aesthetics trends to look out for.
Injectables are nothing new, and have quite possibly become one of the most popular aesthetic treatments of all time, with lip augmentations and dermal fillers now regular procedures for many and enthusiasts returning for top-ups and further tweaks throughout the year.
In 2022, we won’t just be embracing injectables for the face, but for the body, too. The latest newcomer on the scene, and one that has already begun to make waves in the aesthetics and cosmetic world, is Qwo – a new injectable treatment in which collagenases are injected directly into cellulite, immediately setting to work on dissolving collagen bands to reduce the look and feel of this frustrating affliction and delivering some promising results so far.
An innovative new treatment that uses ultrasound technology to target fat cells, UltraShape has been touted as the next big thing in fat reduction, destroying unwanted padding in as little as two weeks. Of course, treatments like these could never replace a healthy diet and exercise regime alongside a calorie deficit, but could prove a handy secret weapon in the fight against small areas you just can’t seem to trim naturally. As for how effective it really is, the jury is still out – but with a queue of wealthy clientele already lining up to try it at some of London’s best cosmetic surgery and aesthetics treatments, it’s almost certain to be a key trend in 2022.
Modern breast augmentations
Breast augmentations continue to be one of the most popular cosmetic treatments of all time, and are also one of the oldest. But the procedure has come a long way since the early days, with techniques and implant types both coming on in leaps and bounds and offering a more natural look and feel than ever before. As a result, they are experiencing a renaissance, with breast augmentation in London, and specifically Harley Street clinics, seeing a surge in those looking to increase size or achieve an uplifted silhouette for the new year.
First becoming a trend back in the 00s, enlargements have since made way for the likes of Brazilian butt lifts and other curve-enhancing treatments, but the latest advancements point towards an increase in the number of those indulging in 2022.
While there’s no denying that the level of interest in cosmetic treatments continues to grow, many remain reluctant to go under the knife – and the industry has responded with the introduction of a whole host of non-surgical treatments, such as the liquid facelift.
Performed with the help of dermal fillers, which are injected into the skin to provide the desired uplift, they can often be completed in under an hour, with patients able to return to work or continue with their day shortly afterwards. With such a decrease in downtime, it’s little wonder liquid facelifts and rhinoplasties are becoming so popular, and for many, they make for a relatively quick and easy way to get results.
Unwanted under-eye bags are a common affliction for men and women alike, and while injectable treatments such as tear trough fillers can help with adding volume and reducing deficits in the area, those with additional fat pads beneath the eye or with additional sagging may need to turn to surgery to get the results they want.
A blepharoplasty corrects defects, deformities and disfigurations of the eyelids – both upper and lower – and could be the answer many are looking for. Having cosmetic surgery in a sensitive area such as this might sound scary, but the results we’ve seen so far from such procedures have been impressive.
The stresses and strains of the past two years have taken their toll on all of us, and this is a great choice for anyone looking to roll back the years, although there are of course risks involved and you’ll need to consult with a reputable cosmetic surgeon to determine your suitability.