With the year quickly coming to an end, RealSelf asked board-certified doctors what 2015 meant for beauty and what to expect in 2016. Here’s what they have to say.
Bye-bye, big breasts
The popularity of bigger breast implants is waning, say RealSelf plastic surgeons. 39 percent say more of their female patients opted for smaller implants compared to patients in 2014. In fact, when asked how breast ideals have changed this year, plastic surgeons were twice as likely to select “More women want smaller breast implants” over “More women want bigger breast implants.”
That mirrors a change in celebrity ideals, doctors report. “We’re no longer opting to ‘super size’ our French fries or our breast implants,” explains Orange County plastic surgeon Dr. Lavinia K. Chong, who says when women point to celebrity cleavage they admire, they increasingly mention the likes of smaller chested-beauties Kate Hudson, Rihanna, and Gwen Stefani.
“We’re no longer opting to ‘super size’ our French fries or our breast implants.”
Interest in smaller breasts isn’t just among women interested in implants, either. RealSelf doctors report an increase in requests for breast reduction with particular interest from teens. That may be because of the media attention that surgery got thanks to the much-covered breast reduction of 17-year-old Modern Family star Ariel Winter earlier this year.
Kiss 2015 goodbye with larger lips
If the popularity of Kylie Jenner’s latest beauty kit is any indication, lips were big in 2015. That isn’t just hype; 30% of dermatologists and 43% of facial plastic surgeons say they received a higher number of lip-related requests from women in 2015 compared to 2014.
Beverly Hills facial plastic surgeon Dr. Paul S. Nassif says not only has he seen an uptick, but more and more women are bringing photos of Kylie to his office. His one piece of advice, however? Don’t start too young. “No disrespect to Kylie because I think she’s beautiful and the lips are beautiful, but in my personal opinion I suggest waiting,” Dr. Nassif told People.
Not that Kylie is the only celebrity women have in mind when they think bigger lips. When asked which celebrity body part female patients request most often, Angelina Jolie’s famous pout came up second most often (Kylie’s was #1).
Get ready for the internal mommy makeover
The multi-procedure treatment known as a mommy makeover has been popular for years. But RealSelf plastic surgeons say it’s no longer just about tightening the outside. 39% expect an uptick in requests for vaginal rejuvenation procedures in 2016.
These procedures, as the name suggests, rejuvenate and tighten the vagina and are particularly popular among women who’ve given birth. Expect the buzz to only increase with the recent FDA approvals and increasing media coverage of vaginal rejuvenation tools like ThermiVa and FemiLift.
Keep your chin up in 2016
If there’s one thing you take away from this article, make it this: 2016 will be all about the neck. An overwhelming 68 percent of doctors say they expect to have more patients requesting work done on the chin or neck in 2016. That’s doctors across all three specialties: plastic surgery, facial plastic surgery, and dermatology.
Who are these patients? Mainly men, say doctors. That’s partially thanks to cosmetic procedures becoming less “taboo” for men, says New York City dermatologic surgeon Dr. Sejal Shah. “Men are more and more likely to seek treatments that women have already been doing for years,” she says.
When men do go looking for treatments, they tend to gravitate toward enhancing those parts of the body that fit classic masculine ideals — hence, the interest in the jaw. 26 percent of doctors say their male patients have a specific celebrity body feature in mind and most often, it’s Brad Pitt’s famous jawline.
But it’s not like having a strong jaw is a new desire among men, so why the high level of interest now? Two words: more options.
“There’s increased awareness of the neck,” says Philadelphia plastic surgeon Dr. Louis P. Bucky. “That’s thanks to both selfies and the development of two non-invasive procedures that target the neck: CoolMini and Kybella.” No surprise to RealSelf, where within months of its FDA approval interest in Kybella skyrocketed (it’s the third most searched brand on the site).
Have questions of your own? Ask a doctor.