Trends in plastic surgery expected in 2020
May 4, 2020

Based on statistics of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, in 2018, there were almost 18 million aesthetic procedures undergone in the United States in 2018. While in 2019 mommy makeovers, dermal fillers and Botox were definitely on the rise. This year we anticipate a further increase in surgical procedures with more and more people for contemplating plastic and cosmetic surgery.

According to our consultant plastic surgeon, Dr.Reza Nabavian, the TOP 5 surgical procedures in 2019 in Kuwait included;

  • Liposuction
  • Breast Augmentations
  • Tummy Tucks
  • Rhinoplasty
  • Facelifts and Eye Surgeries

Kuwait is a slightly different market where trends are very much influenced by fashion and in particular social media influencers. The most popular surgeries like tummy tucks and breast augmentation have remained consistent over the years; a definite shift has been seen in Kuwait with more and more ladies requesting butt Augmentation and body contouring to get the Kardashian style shape.

Men are now becoming more body-conscious especially in this region, where the fitness industry is booming, Vaser Liposuction and liposculpture which helps create better-defined abs is popular, as is gynecomastia surgery to correct over-exaggeration of the male breast which is often caused by hormonal problems and quite often anabolic steroid abuse.

As new developments in surgical techniques now mean less scarring and safer outcomes, people are more confident to undergo cosmetically enhancing procedures. However, I can't emphasise enough the need for finding a reputable surgeon with years of practice and a good reputation. Looking for the cheapest option is more often than not a mistake with many people suffering the consequences of bad decisions.

As minimally invasive treatments are now on the rise this decade, we can also expect to see this area of treatment increase. This is a list of surgeries and procedures tendencies you can expect to see this year.




The Mini Facelift is sometimes known as the temporal facelift, is probably the most suitable for people who have particular problems associated with corners of eyes, drooping lids or brows. The indications for the procedure are specific; the method may frequently fit with the loosening of the mid-third of the face. Those who may suffer from drooping of the cheek-bone region without lowering of the brows may also want to choose this procedure. This less invasive facelifting is popular with both men and women because of the significantly less bruising, inflammation, and bandages in comparison to the traditional full face or SMAS lift.




Dermal fillers like Juvederm or Restylane are as popular as ever, often used to create fuller lips, higher cheekbones or fill out wrinkles, these mini-office procedures will continue to be on-trend in 2020, and we anticipate even greater interest in lip enhancements this year. Just recently we started hearing about the hype in anti-ageing stem cell procedures, where small amounts of fat are taken from the stomach or thigh and go through a process to reduce the large cell size while also abstracting the stem cells which are then reinjected back into the face, neck or hands for volume or rejuvenation. Also making a big comeback with better and stronger threads is the minimally invasive thread lift, done as an in-office procedure.




Celebrities and social media influences and indeed the whole digital media platform are now shying away from the emphasis on being “Body perfect” we are seeing patients asking for more sutle changes and not going for the overdone look anymore. Many celebrities are being seen adapting a more natural look with lighter make-up contouring, smaller lips, breast and butt enhancements. With a global internet reach, our patients are well educated about the latest trends in beauty and aesthetics, and I predict this will be apparent in the request for more natural-looking procedures this year.

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