10 Cosmetic Surgery Predictions for 2003

New York, NY (December 26, 2002)

  • The anticipated FDA-approval of Restylane® (hyaluronic acid) in 2003 will mark the beginning of a wave of new super-substances for the temporary treatment of lines, depressions and wrinkles.
  • Looking for a piece of the Botox pie, medical entrepreneurs will step up the marketing of products claiming similar effects, often at less cost. Many of these may not have undergone rigorous evaluation for safety and effectiveness.
  • Rising confidence in the safety of breast implants will lead to a further increase in the number of breast augmentations.
  • Facial rejuvenation surgery will continue evolving toward complete restoration of youthful facial volume and contour. It will become harder for people to tell who has had "work" done.
  • New technologies such as 3-D computer imaging will help patients visualize results as procedures are customized and surgical plans are individually tailored. However, patients will need to be reminded that surgeons cannot guarantee computer-generated results.
  • Increased television coverage of cosmetic surgery will encourage many viewers to consider procedures for themselves, but may also foster unrealistic expectations about results. Additionally, people may be lulled into a relaxed attitude about surgery that leads them to overlook the importance of procedure-specific training, experience, and credentials.
  • More states will pass regulations covering office-based cosmetic surgery. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) supports regulations that require doctors performing any cosmetic surgical procedure in an office-based facility to have privileges to perform the same procedure in an accredited hospital. Additionally, as advocates for patient safety, ASAPS already requires its members to operate in accredited facilities.
  • As Americans continue the fight against obesity, more people will undergo bariatric surgery such as stomach stapling. Subsequent to massive weight loss, large numbers of them will complete their physical transformation by turning to plastic surgical procedures such as tummy tucks, body lifts, thigh lifts and upper arm reduction to get rid of loose, hanging skin.
  • Despite the resurgence of "grunge" apparel, tattoos and body piercing will fall from favor among many young people. The numbers of those who turn to cosmetic procedures to remove tattoos and close piercing holes will increase.
  • More people will consider aesthetic plastic surgery in combination with diet, exercise and skin care as a total program to maximize well-being and manage the aging process.


The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), is recognized as the world's leading organization devoted entirely to aesthetic plastic surgery and cosmetic medicine of the face and body. ASAPS is comprised of over 2,600 Plastic Surgeons; Active Members are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (USA) or by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and have extensive training in the complete spectrum of surgical and nonsurgical aesthetic procedures. International Active Members are certified by equivalent boards of their respective countries. All members worldwide adhere to a strict Code of Ethics and must meet stringent membership requirements.


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