The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS) has released its results from a consumer survey asking 1,000 women their opinions on medical spas. Findings revealed that millennials, those born between 1976 and 2001, are the primary customers of these facilities. Yet half of those women may be compromising their safety by visiting a nonphysician supervised medical spa facility.
Women ages 18-34 were more than three times as likely as women ages 35-64 to have had a noninvasive cosmetic procedure such as Botox performed at a medical spa. On the flip side, from 2002 to 2007, the mean age of patients seeking the top 10 most performed invasive procedures has increased by two years, making the baby boomers the driving force of liposuction and face lifts.
“What is going on here is that the younger the patient, the more likely they are to visit a medical spa in order to receive a noninvasive procedure like Botox,” said AACS President Steven Hopping, MD, FACS.
Moreover, the survey confirms that the younger patients are more lax when it comes to safety at a medical spa. Two-thirds of the women surveyed indicated that they would hope to be treated by a physician when visiting a medical spa. However, among women who had an opinion, more than half (52.3%) indicated they would be comfortable if the physician were not present during a noninvasive cosmetic procedure performed at a medical spa.
“This consumer survey is a chance to once again emphasize the importance of patient safety, and to educate the public on these facilities,” said Hopping. “There are good and bad medical spas out there and we want the public to be aware, ask questions and always make sure there is a qualified physician doing the procedure. If not, don't have it done.”
The survey results, doctor interviews and patient stories about medical spa experiences are available by contacting the Academy. Information on choosing a cosmetic surgeon and questions to ask before having cosmetic surgery can be found on the AACS Web site, at www.cosmeticsurgery.org.
The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery is a professional medical society whose members are dedicated to patient safety and physician education in cosmetic surgery. Most members of the AACS are dermatologic surgeons, facial plastic surgeons, head and neck surgeons, general surgeons, oral and maxillofacial surgeons, plastic surgeons, or ocular plastic surgeons—all of whom specialize in cosmetic surgery. AACS is an organization that represents all cosmetic surgeons in the American Medical Association through its seat in the AMA House of Delegates.