From the Editor
Tis the season for resolutions and predictions. True to form, many of the articles in this issue of PSP focus on New Year’s resolutions for 2014, including how to get more social and how to expand your online footprint. We’ve got resolutions covered, so now it’s time for me to dust off my crystal ball and make my plastic surgery predictions for the coming year.
Here are some of the headlines we may see in 2014:
FAT GRAFTING’S POPULARITY SOARS!
Fat is phat and has been for a few years now. Its prominence will continue to grow as surgeons become more and more comfortable with their techniques and learn how to maximize fat graft survival. We will also be hearing a lot more about some special ingredients found or added to fat, such stem cells, growth factors, and platelet-rich plasma.
REGENERATIVE MEDICINE CHANGES THE WORLD!
Regenerative medicine is defined as “the process of creating living, functional tissues to repair or replace tissue or organ function lost due to age, disease, damage, or congenital defects.” So much is already possible! Expect to hear more about stem cells, grow-your-own organs, nerve and muscle regeneration, scarless wound healing, and novel ways to treat heart failure and other diseases with stem cells in 2014. Plastic surgeons are already ahead of the curve in their use of some of these therapies already, and will continue to help us usher in this new era of medicine.
Allergan’s Juvéderm Voluma is likely just the tip of the iceberg when it come to designer fillers. We will be seeing a lot more of these site-specific injectables, such as Teosyal® Kiss for Sensational Lips, enter the US market—many of which are already widely used in other countries.
MALE PLASTIC SURGERY RATES CONTINUE TO RISE
While recent media reports about former-Olympian-turned-Kardashian-clan-mascot Bruce Jenner considering plastic surgery to reduce the size of this Adam’s apple was surely a turn-off for many, male plastic surgery will continue to increase in popularity. Expect men to want to look more refreshed and groomed, not overfilled and überfeminine like Jenner and other celebrities who have put a not-so-appealing face on male plastic surgery.
BUSINESS NEWS UPDATE:
Alphaeon, the lifestyle healthcare company, continues to turn heads. Expect the names of the company’s prestigious board directors to be revealed in the coming few weeks. They will also continue their buying spree. Reports of an imminent IPO, however, may be greatly exaggerated. The New York Post reported that the company is eyeing an IPO in the second half of 2014.
Another mover and shaker, Canadian company Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc, is also in this space to stay and will surely garner its share of business news headlines in 2014.
PSP MAGAZINE GROWS BY LEAPS AND BOUNDS!
With lots of exciting cover stories and news-you-can-use features in the works, PSP will continue to grow and dominate in the coming years. Expect to see our brand everywhere in 2014 as we expand our offerings to include even more innovative, interactive features.
And now a special thank you to one of my esteemed editorial advisory board members. I first met Joe Niamtu III, DMD, about 2 years ago at the 2011 AACs meeting. Since then, he has become a friend to the brand and to me. Thank you “Joetox” for all you do and continue to do. I predict that we will continue to work together for many, many years!
Happy New Year!
Original citation for this article: Mann, D. Predictions, Predictions, Plastic Surgery Practice. 2014 January, 6-7