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The future of cosmetic surgery

Article-The future of cosmetic surgery

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In the future the cosmetic surgery will become less and a significant increase in the number of the non-surgical cosmetic methods will be observed. By 2050, it is anticipated that only three percent of all the cosmetic procedures will be comprised of cosmetic surgery.

It will be possible to enlarge the breasts, jawbones, cheekbones or muscles (hip, abdominal and pectoral muscles) by enriching the fat tissue taken from of the body with stem cells and re-injecting it into the body. With stem cells and injections, hair loss (baldness) will be totally eliminated; drooping eyelids and sagging facial skin will be lifted and toned. There will be great advances in facial transplants and this method will become more prevalent.

With a method similar to the ultrasound technology breaking up and melting away the kidney stones, melting the bones and reshaping the face like a sculptor does will be possible: noses will be reshaped or jawbones and hips will be downsized.

Today's costly radiofrequency devices such as Thermage and Tripollar will be available just like blow dryers now in every home in the future and you will be able to lift and tone your face or body as if you are doing your hair when you are invited to a party or a meeting. In the future, laser epilation devices will be as common as any domestic appliance.

And by 2050 the human being will no longer be a human but will be a prototype of a biomechanical creature called Cyborg (Cybernetic Organism). A significant portion of our body will be artificial thanks to cardiac pacemakers, insulin pumps, metal joints, bone prosthesis, artificial heart, artificial eyes, artificial kidneys, artificial ears and nose, prosthetic arms and legs.

Acne and pimples will vanish and all kinds of body infections will be prevented by the vaccines discovered. Dental calculi and caries will also vanish, so the dentists will mostly perform cosmetic procedures or will work on the birth defects of jaws. Our clothes will be nanotechnology products and thus will enable us to better adapt to the environmental conditions by not only protecting our body against all kinds of bacteria but also adjusting the body temperature and moisture. The clothes we wear will help us to live a healthier life by adjusting our heartbeat, blood pressure, blood sugar and hormones through the state of the art chips embedded in them.

Sleep which is a must for beauty and a long life will be regulated by a headpiece and we will even be waking up in the morning with this biological clock. Similarly hunger and thirst will be regulated by these electronic devices on our heads and it will be easier for us to maintain our ideal weight.

In 50 years time, people will not ask each other if they had an aesthetic surgery, instead they will ask why they did not. It is normal that everyone wants to look beautiful in a society where all the bad TV and cinema characters are ugly.

Incidentally one thinks of the flying humans in the drawings of the great master Leonardo Da Vinci some 450 years ago. One wonders if we will be able to give human beings bird wings as a result of the gene technology.

There will be great advances in medicine and many of the surgical operations will be performed by microscopic (nanotechnology) devices or robots inserted in the body. For instance, a microscopic device inserted under the facial skin will move around underneath the skin like a bulldozer or a scraper and will be able to correct the flaws, wrinkles and sagging from inside.

The future looks beautiful (or perhaps different) even now.

Dr. Ziya Saylan is a general and cosmetic surgeon practicing in Istanbul, Turkey. He is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery and was the president of the European Academy of Cosmetic Surgery from 2001 to 2003.

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