During the 20th century, plastic surgery often resulted in what was termed a “plastic”, obviously-worked-on look. Unnaturally puffy lips, melon sized breasts and overly taut faces were the signature give-aways that someone had undergone plastic surgery.
Advances in surgical techniques have seen the rise of the natural look. Rather than looking like they’ve undergone the knife, patients now look like a more “refreshed” version of themselves and receive compliments for looking good in a well-rested, natural way.
Because the natural look offers subtle improvements, the trend has been taken to heart by celebrities. Whereas starlets of yesteryear would seek to further their careers with enhanced breasts that were disproportionate with the rest of their figure, today’s stars are increasingly choosing to have surgery done that looks natural, turns back the clock and enables them to age gracefully.
With celebrities being more open about using plastic surgery to tweak their appearance, not only has plastic surgery become more taboo, but the natural look has also brought the desire to look like the best version of oneself versus looking like someone else. In turn, plastic surgeons are seeing an increase in younger clients seeking services.
Regardless of age, whether seeking to slow down or reverse aging or to “correct” features by rendering a feature more proportionate, the overall goal is the same- to look naturally beautiful. Given that the natural look appeals to all age groups and results in positive reactions (as opposed to the horror that the plastic look often elicited), the trend is definitely here to stay.
The last thing that many of today’s patients want is to no longer look like themselves. The hallmark of the natural look is looking healthy and glowing, with good skin tone. Here are a few of the procedures available that produce the natural look.
- Injectable treatments like Botox and Juvederm plump the skin to eradicate fine lines and wrinkles and to restore volume to the given area.
- Chemical peels correct skin imperfections like uneven skin tone, age spots and freckles, fine lines and scars, and damage caused by sun exposure or hormonal changes.
- Fractionated laser treatments, both oblative and non-oblative, generate collagen production, yield softer skin and produce a uniform skin tone with reduced visibility of scars and wrinkles.
- Coolsculpting to rid exercise resistant fat from the chin, chest, waist, abdomen, etc.
- Neck lift (mini, lower or full) eliminates neck bands and excess jaw skin, and slims and contours the neck.
After breast augmentation or enhancement, rhinoplasty (also known as a nose job) is the second most popular procedure in Australia. Of note is the fact that rhinoplasty is the most coveted procedure amongst patients under the age of 30. These patients seek a subtle change that will balance their features and achieve a naturally beautiful, symmetrical look.
When it comes to choosing a physician or surgeon to achieve the natural look, it’s important that patients choose a doctor with extensive experience in the desired procedure. Get recommendations and search the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons website to locate fellows. Read reviews and take time to review each doctor’s before and after photos in order to get a feel for the results you can achieve with the given doctor.
Another tip to achieving the most natural results is ensuring that you communicate your wishes to the doctor you choose. Let your doctor know, as specifically as possible, the final outcome you’re seeking. That way, your doctor can suggest the appropriate procedure for you and you be confident that you and your doctor share the same objectives.
By getting a natural look procedure, you can rest assured that the results will not look fake or scream “Had Work Done”. That characteristic of the natural look is the look’s main selling point and the one that will ensure that the natural look remains a major plastic surgery trend for years to come.