Demand for Dermal Fillers Remains Strong Despite State of the Economy

42-15717262While many prospective patients are waiting for a better economic climate before forking over a few hundred dollars for plastic surgery, those in need of a quick fix are still heading to the cosmetic surgeon’s office for a more affordable treatment. Demand for dermal fillers remains strong in these turbulent times, and the Center for Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery in San Diego reports a 30% increase in requests for dermal fillers this year.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) had previously issued a report about demand for injectables this Spring, concluding that many people would still be seeking out alternatives to pricey surgery. The statistics from the Center for Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery confirms that this has been the case for the latter half of 2009.

Some of the most sought-after injectables include Botox, Artefill,  and Restylane. Hyaluronic acid fillers are most commonly used for treating fine lines and wrinkles around the face, while Botox is most commonly used to fill out deep grooves on the forehead. Artefill is among the longer-lasting fillers that is commonly used to treat smile lines and fill the lips. Various collagen and hyaluronic acid dermal fillers have been approved by the FDA for the correction of lines and wrinkles, and some doctors also use them in conjunction with other skin rejuvenation treatments to enhance results.

Most dermal fillers take between 15 to 30 minutes to administer, and typically deliver immediate results with no downtime. This makes them a convenient option for many men and women on the go, and the lower price points – anything from $300 to $600+ per treatment – also make this an affordable choice for many during these tough economic times.

Dr. Alavi, the medical director at the Center for Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery, points out that injectables like Artefill also last approximately six months, so patients can make an investment now and enjoy several immediate, short-term benefits.

Further Reading

  • A new TV show in Australia called The Shire recently spotlighted plastic surgery and featured the stars of the show having now qualms about treatments. The show’s stars Sophie and Vernesa aren’t afraid to show off their fake breasts in revealing tops and dresses, and are both sporting the infamous lip-enhanced pouts. Vernesa admits that she’s been told not to have any more filler treatments in her lips to prevent her lips from touching her nose. She undergoes Botox for the first time on camera.

  • Kim Kardashian continues to shoulder rumors about having plastic surgery, and some people report that the star has had multiple procedures including liposuction, breast augmentation, and Botox. Kim has admitted to having Botox, as well as VelaShape treatments designed to treat cellulite and smooth out the skin. She reportedly undergoes laser facial treatments to maintain her smooth skin and ward off the effects of aging. But has she really gone under the knife for more extensive procedures?

  • With only about a month of summer left, you may be considering going under the knife to maintain that bikini body or be in better shape for next season.  While demand for plastic surgery runs high during the winter months so that patients have time to heal before summer, there is still a significant demand for certain procedures over the warm weather months. According to the results of a recent report by, patients are still flocking to the plastic surgeon’s office to look “red-carpet ready” or undergo a mini-makeover.