Top 5 Trending Cosmetic Surgery Procedures For 2018

2018: The Year For Cosmetic Surgery

Each year has ushered in new trends in cosmetic surgery. While each individual chooses the procedure or procedures that best suit their needs and desires, treatments develop and change and rise in popularity with each new year. Here is a list of five of the top trends in cosmetic surgery for 2018.

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Tried and True- Botox and Fillers

Botox is enjoying a resurgence in popularity in 2018. This is in part due to new techniques and new uses being

found for the material, including treatments for migraines by neurologists, but the classic muscle relaxant is still in use to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Botox is popular because it’s a well-established treatment that’s well tolerated and known to be effective.

Non-Surgical Interventions and Treatments

Body and facial sculpting laser, heat, and radio-frequency treatments like Coolsculpting are becoming more and more popular. Radio-frequency treatments tighten and smooth skin, while laser treatments are used to reduce small fat deposits for a smoother, more pleasing profile. Without the long down-times of surgery, these non-invasive treatments are convenient and effective.


More and more patients are coming in early, before wrinkles and fine lines form, to pre-empt the development of the signs of aging. With treatments like Botox applied before the development of signs of aging, a more youthful appearance can be maintained longer.

Laser Breast Lift

Breast augmentations, reductions, and lifts have long been the most common cosmetic surgery procedures performed in the United States. More women are becoming interested in seeking treatments to address sagging or to gain a perkier shape and smoother skin, without undergoing invasive procedures like surgery. Off-label uses for certain laser and radio frequency treatments are providing new treatments for minor improvements in the shape and texture of breast skin and tissue.

Vaginal Rejuvenation

Labioplasty and other rejuvenation treatments like the popular O-Shot are gaining in popularity as women shed the taboos and move forward with improving their sex lives and sexual health with procedures designed to address the changes that can come with birthing children and with age.

What cosmetic procedure are you considering in 2018? Call Dr. Rast’s office today for your consultation.

Are you a Kybella Candidate?

kybellaKybella is a non-surgical, non-invasive techniquefor dealing with excess fat depositsunder the chin. It’s well tolerated and effective treatment.

What is Kybella?

Kybella was approved as a treatment for excess fat under the chin, also known as “submental fat” in 2015. It is a synthetic form of deoxycholic acid, a mild acid that dissolves fat, gradually reducing the pocket that causes the appearance of a “double chin.” It’s generally well tolerated. It provides a non-surgical alternative to invasive procedures like liposuction.

What to Expect

Each treatment will take between 15-20 minutes. For best results, it’s recommended that the treatment consist of up to six injections, about a month apart. Preparation for the appointment is extremely simple. You’ll need to wash your face well to minimize the risk of infection. Avoid ibuprofen and acetaminophen to avoid post-treatment bruising. Your doctor will treat the area with a sterilizing wipe and administer a topical numbing agent or icepack before injecting the Kybella. Injections are administered in clusters of 20-30 at a session.

Down Time and Side Effects

Following the treatment, you may notice some pain, swelling, bruising, redness, or numbness. Any of these symptoms should subside in one to two weeks. The recovery process is normally very easy. Most patients notice little to no side effects, and return to normal activities immediately. Be sure to talk to your doctor about any facial surgeries you’ve had, medications you may be taking, and medical conditions. Pregnant or nursing mothers should not have Kybella, because the effect of the treatment on the fetus is not yet known, and it is not known if it has any effect on breast milk. Serious side effects include facial weakness, uneven smile, trouble swallowing or nerve injury in the jaw. These side effects are rare.

Am I A Candidate?

The best candidates for Kybella are over 18 and have moderate to substantial submental fat accumulation. They are fit and otherwise healthy, but have not had success in reducing the fat in the submental area. Contact Dr. Rast today for your initial consultation, and discover whether Kybella is a good option for you.