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By: Miles Graivier, MD


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LIP SERVICE

Lip enhancement is all the rage, and it’s looking like this trend is here to stay.

There’s been a 48 percent jump in lip implants, lip injections and other lip-friendly procedures since 2000, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

The number of lip implant procedures grew by double-digits in every region of the country in 2015. Lip injections continued to grow in popularity as well. Between Botox and Dysport injections, and a variety of soft tissue fillers, lip procedures were part of nearly 9.2 million injection procedures in 2015, a combined increase of more than 1,000 percent since 2000. In addition, there were 927 lip reduction surgeries last year, up more than 34 percent from 2013, ASPS reports.

Celebrity lip envy (Think Kylie Jenner, Jennifer Lawrence and Scarlett Johansson) plays a role in the uptick as does the availability of designer lip fillers that produce such natural looking results they have all but banished our collective memories of “duck face” and “trout pout.”

Someone gets their lips enhanced every 19 minutes in the US. Get ready for the invasion of the lip enhancement patients.

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SKIN CANCER (AND WRINKLES)

At least 42 states and Washington, DC now regulate indoor tanning for minors, and the FDA is calling for a ban on the use of tanning beds by minors along with other measures that aim to make these devices safer. Factor in some stellar public awareness campaigns about skin cancer risk reduction and prevention, and we just may start to see rates going down. If sun safety, including the judicuious use of sunscreen and sun protective clothing continues to gain traction, we may be seeing fewer wrinkles, too.