Dallas, TX- Prior to 2012, more cosmetic surgery patients opted for breast augmentations and buttocks enhancements, but last year American men and women focused on the face in an effort to retain a youthful appearance, according to a new report by the America Society of Plastic Surgeons.
The plastic surgery industry, like other sectors of the economy, showed that there are more Americans with disposable income which they used to improve their appearance. In total plastic surgeons and facial doctors performed 14.6 million minimally invasive and surgical procedures in 2012, reflecting a 5 percent increase over 2011.
In their press release, Dr. Gregory Evens, President of the ASPS said, Our annual statistics serve as a snapshot of the regarding the plastic surgery industry. For the third consecutive year, the overall growth in cosmetic surgery continues to be driven by a significant rise in minimally-invasive procedures, while surgical procedures remained stable. We are aware, however, that patients who begin with less invasive treatments with a plastic surgeon may opt for more invasive, surgical procedure once required.
The area with the greatest growth, 6 percent, was minimally invasive facial procedures which included Botox injections, soft tissue fillers, chemical peels, laser hair removal and microdermabrasion. These procedures accounted for 13 million overall.
Surgical procedures decreased by 2 percent, but liposuction, breast augmentations and liposuction accounted for the decline. Facial cosmetic procedures that help patients defy the signs of age such as facelifts and eyelifts experienced an increase while nose reshaping remained stable. Facelifts were up by 6 percent, and eyelifts increased by 4 percent. All of these procedures made the list of the top five most popular cosmetic surgeries in 2012, and are poised for additional growth in 2013.
Reconstructive surgeries such as maxillofacial surgery, scar revision and laceration repair also grew in 2012. The most significant growth was in maxillofacial procedures.
The growth of facial plastic surgery reflects that people baby boomers and professionals are more concerned with looking younger. For many of these patients Botox injections and laser resurfacing simply isnt enough to maintain a youthful face.
While facial fillers can reduce the appearance of some wrinkles, more prospective patients are realizing that to completely erase the signs of age from the forehead, around the eyes, mouth and lips they need a more comprehensive approach.
Wrinkles around the mouth, eyes and nose can be quickly fixed through injections, but to have more permanent results a facial surgery such as a brow lift or a facelift is necessary. Plumping up the cheeks with implants can also make a person look younger.
Injections require repeated visits to a cosmetic surgeon while the results from face surgery long-lasting results. Facelift patients express satisfaction with their procedures up to seven years after undergoing the procedure.
People in the Dallas area who want to combat the signs of age can turn to Dr. John P. Freeman to fulfill their facial cosmetic surgery needs. Dr. Freeman has dedicated his practice to making people feel and look more youthful and attractive.