6 Hottest Plastic Surgery Trends of 2014 and What to Expect Next: From the RealSelf Editors’ Desk

Elisabeth Kramer on 5 Jan 2015 at 5:00pm


Kim Paper MagAs another year begins, we here at RealSelf find ourselves in a reflective mood. Another 365 days have passed and each brought new stories about men and women on their personal journeys of building confidence. We’ve followed your stories, read your reviews, commented on your photos, and watched your videos. So what has this last year taught us about plastic surgery? Here are the trends that surprised us, those that didn’t, and a few we’re keeping an eye on in 2015.


Most Requested Celebrity Body Part

She might not have completely broken the internet, but Kim Kardashian sure did make waves this year. For the fifth year in a row, Mrs. Kanye West butted out the competition thanks to her famous derrière. Not that we’re surprised. After all, just look at the next entry.


Most Viewed Invasive Treatment

Brazilian butt lifts reign supreme once again. With a nearly 15 percent spike in pageviews and a phenomenal 93% Worth It Rating, BBLs continue to get people talking. The only thing that’s really changed is where they’re talking. While bigger booties were the hot topic in San Francisco throughout 2013, San Diego made a major leap to the No. 1 spot in 2014.

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Most Viewed Non-Invasive Treatment

Compared to our 2013 findings, Botox remains the most buzzworthy non-invasive treatment with a 70% Worth It Rating. While interest remained flat between 2013 and 2014 (a mere 0.12% drop in pageviews), Botox still dominated over non-invasive treatments like CoolSculpting (Worth It Rating: 69%), Juvederm (Worth It Rating: 69%), and Invisalign (Worth It Rating: 78%).


Most Exciting New Combos

As seems only fitting for a category all about getting more, we’ve got two combinations that piqued our interest in 2014. The first — getting both a  nose job and a chin implant — changed how much people can alter their profiles, while the second — pairing a BBL with fat transfer to the breasts — transformed figures nationwide.

See what we mean in the video below:





Most Exciting Use For an Old Treatment

PicoSure (Worth It Rating: 98%) added a couple new treatments to its can-do list in the past 12 months and they have us even more excited about this laser skincare treatment. Originally used solely for tattoo removal, PicoSure won FDA approval in July 2014 to treat acne scars. Then it got approval for dealing with fine lines in October 2014. With more than 20 million Americans living with such scars and untold millions looking to erase their fine lines, you can see why we’re excited.


Most Too-Good-to-Be-Believed Trend

Ring SelfieEvery year there are one or two new additions to the plastic surgery family that make us scratch our heads. 2014 was no exception. First came an onslaught of a new type of selfie that put a ring on it. We couldn’t get away from those hand engagement snapshots, which supposedly had more and more people rushing to get hand lifts with fillers like Juvederm so they'd be ready for their close-up.

Also filling out: chests. Breast augmentations are nothing new but only temporarily? “Insta-breasts” (AKA “vacation breasts”) made a splash at the tail end of the year, promising quick results for that overnight trip or long-await tropical vacay. While the jury’s still out on the safety of this kind of procedure, potentially scary side effects didn’t stop people from giving it a try.


What to Look For in 2015

Plastic surgery is always changing but we’re already hearing snippets of what to expect in the new year. At the top of the list? Adding  Voluma to the lips. While the injectable filler has yet to win FDA approval, it seems likely that the product, currently approved only for cheeks, will join the likes of lip fillers like Restylane. That could change the game in getting your lips done — or so we’re hearing from dermatologists from around the country.

Did we miss anything? Share your reflections on the latest year in plastic surgery and be sure to check out what our Top Doctors are saying about 2015.


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