The 6 Most Popular Beauty Trends for 2022

It’s no secret that each decade has a unique set of beauty trends that dominate the culture. We have moved from the skinny brows and damaging tans of the ’90s in favor of a healthy, natural-looking appearance defined by youthful, fuller features. As the technology and skill of plastic surgeons continue to improve year after year, the number of cosmetic surgeries continues to rise. Even amidst a global pandemic, a reported 15.5 million cosmetic procedures were performed in 2020 alone. When people began going out and attending events again in 2021, this only perpetuated the popularity around plastic surgery and other aesthetic enhancements, and we don’t foresee these numbers decreasing in 2022. To prepare you for what you’ll see in terms of beauty trends for 2022, we’re sharing some statistics, treatments, and other aesthetic trends that are sure to take over the beauty scene.

Glowing Skin

We’ve learned a lot over the last couple of decades regarding skincare: tanning beds are out, SPF is in, and multi-step skincare routines have become mainstream. Healthy skin is on track to continue into the new year as one of the most popular beauty trends because glowing skin sets the stage for your overall look. If past beauty trends have taught us anything, looking young never goes out of style. Now that we have advanced technology such as CO2 lasers and IPL treatments and more education about how to keep our skin healthy, we have the tools to achieve the skin of our dreams. In the upcoming year, it’s time to rejuvenate your skin, smooth out lines, and boost radiance to take years off of your face.

Laser Rejuvenation

Skincare technology has come a long way over the past couple of decades, so it’s no surprise that one of the beauty trends for 2022 is younger-looking skin without the need for surgery. Laser rejuvenation services like the SmartSkin+ provide dramatic wrinkle reduction with minimum discomfort and less downtime than traditional surgical techniques. 

Facial Injectables

While fillers gained popularity in the early 2000s, the results were typically obvious and manifested in overly inflated lips and unnaturally full cheeks. Two decades later, filler has become more subtle, solidifying itself as a staple in many beauty maintenance routines. With innovations like refined techniques, streamlined information, and the use of hyaluronic acid in fillers, patients can receive natural-looking results in a matter of minutes. Similar advancements have also been identified with neurotoxins like Botox and Dysport. Results are quick, effective, and natural-looking. As we head into 2022, filler injected into lips, cheeks, and neurotoxins injected around the eyes and in the forehead both become mainstays in the cosmetic industry.


Injectables are not the only aesthetic service to have seen improvements over the years. CoolSculpting machines have also seen technological advances that help deliver impressive results. O’Neill Plastic Surgery is pleased to announce that we have upgraded to the CoolSculpting Elite devices. This new and improved system provides more fat reduction and up to 18% more coverage of treatment areas. 

Eyelid Lift

At the end of the day, the top beauty trends for 2022 are geared toward a natural, youthful appearance. When it comes to physical features, the eyes and the area around the eyes are prioritized by many different cosmetic treatments, makeup routines, and more. If you’re experiencing dark circles, drooping eyelids, and wrinkles, an eyelift can restore firmness, allowing you to look younger, more alert, and more rested. Eyelifts are included in refined surgery techniques’ improved, natural-looking outcomes, making it likely to be a trending cosmetic procedure in the upcoming year.


As we previously mentioned, perfect skin is undoubtedly one of the hottest beauty trends for 2022. In addition to high-quality skincare, skin treatments like Morpheus8 targets layers of the skin that products can’t reach. This service stimulates collagen production to reduce wrinkles, discoloration, and acne scarring.

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O’Neill Plastic Surgery offers state-of-the-art surgical procedures to help our patients achieve their individual needs and desires. Our staff is committed, experienced, and works collaboratively to educate patients on the latest plastic surgery and cosmetic treatments. Request an appointment or call us at (843) 881-2130 to learn how we can help you look and feel your best this year.

A picture of Patrick J. O’Neill, MD wearing his doctor attire.

About the Author

Upon completing medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC, Dr. O’Neill completed nine years of residency training. These nine years included a full general surgery and a plastic surgery residency, both at the Medical University of South Carolina, and a hand and microsurgery fellowship at the Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery. Dr. O’Neill has extensive certifications, training, skills, and knowledge that make him a successful physician who can carry out your next plastic surgery procedure. His expertise and technique will result in the beautiful and natural look you desire post surgery.

Board Certified:
American Board of Surgery
American Board of Plastic Surgery
Sub-Certification in Hand and Microsurgery

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