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As more people turn to cosmetic procedures to enhance their appearance, what treatment will become most popular throughout 2017? Well, Daniel Ezra, facial plastic surgeon at world renowned Moorfields Hospital predicts the top 3 facial trends as we begin the new year:
‘Microfat and ‘Nanofat’ transfer (£2,000 – £6,500)
Fat transfer, also known as ‘liposculpture’ has become very popular in recent years.
The procedure involves the collection of fat tissue from either the abdomen or thigh areas using a form of limited liposuction. There are now more modern variants of this technique suited to enhancing facial volume and improving skin quality. The fat containing fluid which is extracted is then purified to extract the fat cells only and these are then processed and relocated to strategic areas of the face to restore volume to the cheeks, brows, lips and temples whilst at the same time filling hollows around the eyes and mouth. The Nanofat technique is particularly good at improving skin quality with more and more research showing that this is effective.
Although it’s a relatively minor procedure, choosing to have it done is a big decision as it can be expensive and there are risks to consider. Fat transfers require training and attention to detail on the part of the surgeon, so my advice would be to research thoroughly into your chosen surgeon for before and after photos and their credentials. In fact, this procedure is becoming increasingly popular with men and I have seen a 20% rise in men visiting me for minor surgery, such as facial fillers.
Botox to treat crow’s feet (£300+)
Botulinum toxin is a protein produced by bacteria which weakens muscles by blocking nerve signalling. When applied to facial muscles this treatment has the effect of smoothing and softening wrinkles and lines.
Crow’s feet appear when the skin loses collagen and hyaluronic acid, which then makes us look older. Whilst, there are over the counter creams available to treat the lines, the most effective and instant results are from botox. Most people see effects for three to four months after the treatment, but several factors may shorten or lengthen that period such as, your diet, your age and whether you smoke. The procedure is relatively pain-free as the needles used for botox are very small and the area can be numbed prior to the treatment.
Vampire Facelift (£600 a session)
The “Vampire Facelift” is a procedure that involves withdrawing a patient’s blood, processing it to isolate the platelet-rich plasma (PRP), then re-injecting it to rejuvenate the appearance of facial tissue and create a more youthful look. One great benefit of PRP is that it is a safe and minimally-invasive procedure as the treatment only uses your own blood, so no foreign materials will be injected into your face.
I would recommend three Vampire Facelifts for the best results, at four to six-week week intervals and then one every year for general maintenance. With a huge celebrity following, including global star Kim Kardashian, British actress Anna Friel and TV reality star Ferne Mcann I have no doubt this will be one of the top surgical treatments of 2017.
With a record number of over 51,000 Britons who underwent cosmetic surgery in 2015, it seems the public’s interest in cosmetic enhancements shows no sign of waning. Daniel Ezra comments, “No matter which treatment you consider next year, safety is extremely important! The central priority for every surgeon is to achieve the best possible aesthetic result without risking your health and ensuring that your face is not compromised in any way by your surgery. Make sure that you find a surgeon who has the right qualifications and is on the appropriate specialist register to protect yourself from unwanted results.”
Located in Harley Street and the world-famous Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, Daniel Ezra is a consultant ophthalmic and oculofacial surgeon, specialising in surgical and non-surgical facial cosmetic treatments. http://danielezra.co.uk/