While 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.