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Cosmetic trends for 2014 explained

The Private Clinic explains the move towards non-surgical and minimally invasive cosmetic treatments in the UK.


2013 was an interesting year for the cosmetic/aesthetic industry as non-invasive and minimally invasive treatments climbed in popularity as people looked at alternatives to surgery. Non-surgical treatments account for roughly 70-80% of the total number of cosmetic treatments performed each year. However, cosmetic surgery still continues to increase in popularity, particularly as the economy recovers and spending increases. 2014 should be an interesting year. We thought we’d share with you some of our observations and trend forecasts.

Vaginoplasty and Labiaplasty

Sharon Osbourne recently reportedly joked about having vaginoplasty (vaginal tightening) and the discomfort involved – just one of the many headlines that popped out throughout 2013 regarding treatments to female genitalia. While many women have labiaplasty to ease discomfort, more women are turning to the procedure to have a more uniform appearance. Vaginal tightening is popular with women who have had children and older women who would like to take control of the ageing process a little more and offer them increased support.

‘Bingo Wing’ Surgery aka Brachioplasty (alternatively why not try minimally invasive) MicroLipo

As the nation as a whole struggles to budge excess weight gained over 2013 and particularly the festive period, people turn to fat removal procedures (like VASER Lipo and MicroLipo) to remove the fat and contour the body so any removal is proportional) as well as skin removal procedures (like brachioplasty). You can redefine your arms exceptionally well with very little scarring if you choose Lipo procedures – part of the reason why interest is increasing.

Chin-plants or Chin Lipo

It popped up in the news quite a few times in 2013. Chin-plants as they are sometimes called are surgical implants to improve the profile and shape of the jawline and chin. Tackling a weak chin can dramatically improve a face. For a more minimally invasive option, you can always consider VASER Lipo or MicroLipo to remove the excess fat in the area, which can radically improve the appearance. Fat deposits don’t tend to end up where we would most like and this is a great way to combat the issue once and for all.

Tummy Tucks (Abdominoplasty)

Abdominoplasty, more commonly known as Tummy Tucks, is a surgical procedure that carefully takes away excess skin that can develop during pregnancy and after weight loss. Unfortunately, skin doesn’t always behave. As we age, it loses strength and the ability to tighten, meaning many women and men are left with unsightly folds of skin around the abdomen. Mini tummy tucks are also available across the UK.

Non-surgical – Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is increasingly popular with men and of course women. Men are taking better care of their bodies year on year and unwanted body hair is definitely something high up on the wish list for many men (and women in their lives). We’ve seen a significant rise in 2013 that looks set to continue as men realise laser hair removal isn’t silly or girly. Easy permanent hair reduction is readily available. Make sure you choose a reputable and experienced clinic.

Non-surgical Facelifts

Facelifts have advanced a lot in recent years but people are looking away from such procedures and the downtime required in favour of those lunchtime non-surgical facelifts. Non-surgical facelifts are minimally invasive treatments often using dermal fillers and sometimes in combination with Botox injections to offer patients natural-looking lifts that can last 18 months. There are also a host of injection treatments like mesotherapy to the face that boost and rejuvenate the skin. Non-Surgical nose jobs are also available that aim to smooth out the appearance of the nose.

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