From smoothing wrinkles to slimming hips, it’s easier than ever before to fine-tune your appearance without having to deal with the major downtime associated with going under the knife. In fact, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that the number of minimally-invasive cosmetic treatments increased 200 percent since 2000, with Botox and fillers being the most popular of all. “I think that we’re living in a time where people are accepting the concept that you can be a person of substance and also care about your appearance,” says Lara Devgan, MD, a board-certified plastic surgeon in NYC.
With technology rapidly advancing and more people seeking treatment, the stigma once associated with getting “work done” is beginning to melt away. Not to mention, the increased awareness. While social media is often criticized for normalizing less-than-accurate standards of beauty, it’s also responsible for pulling back the veil on the world of medical aesthetics, allowing those interested in procedures to look into the treatments that are available to them. “I think social media has really demystified the entire world of medical aesthetics and plastic surgery, where it used to be hidden in the dark corners of your doctor’s office,” Dr. Devgan says. “Now, it’s on your Instagram feed in a time-lapse video or a before-and-after photo.”
Whatever the reason, there’s no denying increased the popularity of cosmetic treatments. We turned to some of the top doctors in NYC, who filled us in on the trends they’re seeing in their practices and the new advancements they’re most excited about for 2019.