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Ross A. Clevens, MD, FACS

According to the annual survey by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), more than 80 percent of board certified facial plastic surgeons reported an increase in non-invasive cosmetic procedures within the past year among consumers looking to delay the effects of aging and more costly surgeries. The most requested non-invasive procedures included Botox®; dermal fillers, such as hyaluronic acid, and skin resurfacing treatments, such as chemical peels and dermabrasion.

In 2008, the plastic surgery business was not immune to the economic and credit crises, and physicians across the country reported declines in overall cosmetic procedures. However, even in tough times, the recent survey found that both men and women spent money on non-invasive procedures to look and feel refreshed, personally and/or professionally. According to this year’s report, three out of four physicians said they treated patients who requested facial plastic surgery to stay competitive in the workplace. Other noteworthy trends included men requesting cosmetic surgery to be more attractive to their partners (43 percent), couples undergoing facial plastic surgery procedures together (41 percent), and women seeking facial plastic surgery to look and feel their best for their wedding day (39 percent).

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