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2020 Trends in Plastic Surgery

Millions of patients opt for an improved personal appearance each year for a number of reasons: feeling more self-confident, rekindling the fire with a loved one, or for better dating prospects. The quality and scope of plastic surgery have improved dramatically in recent decades. While visiting the most respected clinics, like Dr. Rex Moulton-Barrett‘s top-of-the-line facility, patients are often struck by their options. What may have been risky and time-consuming procedures in the past are now much safer and quicker.

As we move into the next decade, here are the biggest advances and trends in the world of plastic surgery that you need to understand if you are considering a procedure for yourself or a loved one.

Cosmetic Tattoos

Cosmetic tattoos are great options for patients who, for example, spend time each day to pencil their eyebrows on. Over long periods, the time spent on this simple daily routine adds up – that’s why many opt for cosmetic tattoos. It’s best to think of cosmetic tattoos as permanent makeup that never fades or rubs off.

One of the biggest recent advances is the practice of microneedling. Tiny needles are dragged across the surface of the skin, triggering increased collagen production as well as more elastin. During the process, a tiny layer of pigment is inserted under the skin, creating a healthy, smooth glow that many patients seek. The pigmentation range from light to dark, so if you choose to get the procedure you can select the skin tone that best suits your skin.

It’s important to remember that the FDA has not yet approved cosmetic tattoos.

Body Contouring

“Contouring” refers to the intentional reshaping of the body into a more desirable configuration. Tummy tucks and liposuction are common examples of body contouring. In addition to surgical procedures, there are also non-surgical body contouring methods like skin tightening and muscle enhancement. Many patients prefer non-surgical body contouring because it is easier, more cost-effective, and does not carry the same risk of post-procedure complications that surgery does.

A new product called NuEra Tight by Lumenis has revolutionized non-surgical body contouring by using radio frequencies to tighten the skin and reduce wrinkles. It is FDA approved.

Fewer Breast Implants

2019 saw the highest number of breast implant removals in recorded history. This trend comes on the heels of the ongoing FDA investigation into the potential link between implants and cancer, prompting many women to reconsider keeping their implants. Aesthetically, as well, the culture has shifted from a focus on large breasts to a preference for natural-looking, well-shaped breasts. For this reason, many women are also trading their implants “down” for smaller ones.


The microneedling revolution discussed earlier has changed the Botox game as well. Now, botox can be injected using microneedling technology to create a more “radiant” and “smooth” look as opposed to the plastic, paralytic appearance of skin treated with conventional botox procedures.

Schedule a Consultation

You should always remember to choose experienced, trusted medical providers for your cosmetic surgery, regardless of the type of procedure. Dr. Rex Moulton-Barrett has years of experience delivering high-level care to his patients. Give him a call today to get started on your next plastic surgery procedure.



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2070 Clinton Ave, Alameda, CA 94501


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