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AAFPRS Study Indicates Clients Relying on Nonsurgical Methods to Delay Surgery

Posted: February 4, 2011

New survey results recently released by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) showed three-fourths of the procedures performed by the academy's surgeons in 2010 were nonsurgical, highlighting a trend that more people are choosing nonsurgical procedures to delay more invasive surgical procedures. The survey results also showed that the number of procedures performed annually has risen 45% in the past two years, with a 16% increase in nonsurgical procedures.

A majority of surgical procedures, including face lift, revision surgery, rhinoplasty, forehead lift, chin augmentation, lip augmentation and scar revision increased in cost from 2009, which may be one reason why people opted for less invasive surgeries. In addition, surgeons reported performing fewer lip augmentations, hair transplants and collagen/cosmoderm/cosmoplast procedures in 2010.

"Nonsurgical procedures are an excellent option for some people, with the added benefits of lower costs and shorter recovery time; two things that are consistently important to those considering facial plastic surgery," says Jonathan M. Sykes, MD, president of the AAFPRS. "We have been seeing a trend during the past few years that people who want to look and feel younger and rejuvenated are turning to nonsurgical, less invasive procedures to obtain the refreshed look they want."

The most common nonsurgical procedures last year were Botox and hyaluronic acid injections. Surgery is still popular, with the most popular cosmetic surgical procedures in 2010 being rhinoplasty, face lift and blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery).

Procedures vary by age/gender

Women, who made up 83% of the recipients of all surgical and nonsurgical procedures in 2010, continued to be the most likely candidates for all plastic surgery other than hair transplants, although the procedures varied greatly by age. Women under age 35 opted for less invasive procedures. The most common nonsurgical procedures for women under age 35 were Botox injections (65%, up from 58% in 2009), hyaluronic acid injections (51%), microdermabrasion (23%) and chemical peels (22%).