The popularity of nonsurgical cosmetic procedures including injectables such as Botox, Dysport, Juvederm and Restylane, as well as skin rejuvenation procedures including chemical peels, microdermabrasion and laserskin resurfacing, has skyrocketed in recent years.

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), the number of nonsurgical cosmetic procedures performed each year increased by 228 percent between 1997 and 2010.

Certain procedures have fueled the increase. ASAPS reports that injectables have become so common that the number of individuals receiving them each year has increased more than 500 percent since the late 1990s.

Experts say that the popularity of these nonsurgical options may have something to do with their cost. Unlike many traditional plastic surgery procedures, which can cost thousands of dollars, most nonsurgical procedures cost hundreds.

ASAPS reports that Americans spent nearly $10.7 billion on cosmetic procedures in 2010. Approximately 62 percent of that was on surgical procedures, while 18 percent was on injectables, 16 percent was on skin rejuvenation and 4 percent was on other treatment options.

A Texas-based plastic surgeon says that many patients choose injectables and other non-surgical procedures to delay going under the knife.

“While Botox Cosmetic and other nonsurgical treatments can be effective, their benefits are temporary. However, they do offer an excellent way to postpone plastic surgery for patients who are not yet ready for that option.”

Many patients say that the cost and results provided by treatments such as Botox injections as well as the quick recovery they offer make these nonsurgical procedures worth their cost.

“My lids, I … borrowed from my retirement fund because it was that important to me,” 60-year-old Rosemary Davis, who recently underwent eyelid surgery and a brow lift in anticipation of her daughter’s wedding, told the Detroit Free Press.

Davis, who does not plan to have any additional surgical procedures, said that she will continue to get chemical peels and microdermabrasion treatments to keep her youthful appearance.

“That’s not where I want to spend my money,” she said about potentially expensive surgical procedures.

Others who want to avoid having time march forward in the form of sagging skin may consider the right balance of surgical and nonsurgical procedures as well.

Experts suggest speaking to a licensed, board-certified plastic surgeon to determine the right procedures for your situation.

Article provided by The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery 


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