According to a new survey released by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), the number of non-invasive cosmetic procedures rose approximately 47 percent last year, a significant increase when compared to the demand for non-invasive procedures in previous years.
Many plastic and cosmetic surgeons agree that the economy played a key role in what types of procedures consumers were willing to pay for out of pocket, and for some people, job security and staying competitive in the work place was the primary reason to head to the doctor’s office.
The AAFPRS reports that the increase in non-invasive procedures administered by facial plastic surgeons included an increased demand for poly-l-lactic acid treatments, chemical peels, hyaluronic acid fillers, and Botox. The survey also reports that about 77 percent of physicians found that patients are becoming more educated about their plastic surgery options, and that they are now taking the time to research different treatment options and meet with several surgeons before making their final decision.
Daniel Russo, MD and President of the AAFPRS, states “We are excited to see patients making educated choices. They are now open to newer, novel treatments and are making smart decisions that are tailored to their needs…the overall rise in these procedures also shows that more patients are trusting their face to facial plastic surgeons who are trained and focus solely on the face and neck. Because of this, patients are seeing better outcomes.”
Women continue to be the prime candidates for facial plastic surgery procedures, accounting for about 84 percent of all surgical and non-surgical procedures of the face and neck. Procedures with the largest increases in 2009 were ablative skin resurfacing and facelifts. Procedures that had a decrease in demand were lip augmentation and rhinoplasty.
Another interesting finding of the physician survey was that many physicians expressed concern over procedures performed at a medical spa. Over 75 percent of facial plastic surgeons said that they knew of medical directors that were not actually on site for certain types of medical treatments, including cosmetic procedures.