Just like fashion, we often see trends in plastic surgery. Like any procedure, something that enhances the natural harmony of the face and body can create a lasting and timeless result. However, following cosmetic surgery trends can often end in disappointment. Here is Dr. Zelken’s top five cringeworthy plastic surgery trends 2022:
While lip lifts are a favorite of Dr. Zelken’s to perform, he is not shy in suggesting alternative procedures when he thinks the results of a lip lift will upset his patients’ facial harmony or create an unnatural look. Many people wish to replicate the pouts of their favorite celebrities and models but can be disappointed when the look of the lips they love don’t match the proportions of their face.
Another current trend is the exaggerated jawline that’s popular with models and celebrities. Many turn to excessive filler to achieve this look, believing it is easily reversible. Unfortunately, that’s not always true – there are important nerves, arteries, and veins in the jaw area that when damaged, can cause a loss of sensation and movement to the lower lip.
This is another example of a procedure that is beautiful when done tastefully, keeping with the body’s overall proportions and avoiding the shelf-like appearance of an overdone BBL. However, many women who have requested the ‘Kardashian butt’ over the years, are now wanting reversals done after seeing trends change. Reversal can be complex since it involves rectifying stretched skin and tissue damaged by other surgeons.
Also known as the ‘Tinkerbell’ or ‘Barbie’ nose, Dr. Zelken has seen an uptick in these requests since 2017, driven by the rise of photo filtering. Over-sculpting of the nose is rarely attractive, and now many are embracing the noses they were blessed with. It’s important to create a nose that lasts decades, and while the pixie nose may look good on Instagram, its results in real life can create long-term compromise of form and function.
Cat-eye thread lifts, also known as doe-eye thread lifts, can be a rejuvenating procedure that creates timeless beauty. However, it’s important to consult a surgeon who is wary of over-correcting, which can cause disappointment for the patient alongside possible irreversible change.