A New You in the New Millennium

The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Offers Tips for a “New Millennium Makeover”

New York, NY, January 13, 2000 – The year 2000 is a great time to take steps towards a new you – when you can promise yourself to eat healthily, take better care of yourself and enhance your appearance. As we enter the third millennium, many people have already undergone or are considering facial plastic surgery procedures to ensure that they look their personal and professional best. In fact, according to a recent survey conducted by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) the number of facial plastic surgery procedures performed by AAFPRS surgeons has risen by more than 10 percent from 1996 – 1998. Surprisingly enough, this overall increase is primarily driven by the number of procedures requested by males – a 31 percent increase since 1996!*

The way we look can have an impact on the way we feel, and it’s only natural to want to change a feature that you are unhappy with – such as a crooked nose, droopy eyelids or an aging face. The AAFPRS survey reports that looking younger and self-improvement are the most frequently cited reasons for requesting facial plastic surgery – for both men and women. Interestingly, according to the AAFPRS survey, 43 percent of men specified that they are seeking facial plastic surgery to look younger for their job, whereas 59 percent of women cited facial plastic surgery as a means to improve self-esteem.

Today, surgeons can treat a wider variety of problems and can do so more effectively – with more natural-looking and longer-lasting results. Many procedures now offer quick recovery times such as laser resurfacing, chemical peels, Botox treatments and microdermabrasion.

If considering a “millennium makeover,” the AAFPRS offers these tips to help ensure successful results:

  • Ask Why. Be honest about why you are opting for surgery. Good candidates for facial plastic surgery understand how it can improve their appearance without hoping to look model-perfect.
  • Validate the training, skills and experience. Choose a facial plastic surgeon who is board-certified and a reputable member of an organization that specializes in facial plastic surgery. To check a surgeon’s credentials consult the Directory of Medical Specialists – most facial plastic surgeons will be listed under the board certification heading “Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.”
  • Talk in-depth with a facial plastic surgeon. Request brochures and develop a list of questions to discuss with your surgeon. To research facial plastic surgery, call the Facial Plastic Surgery Information Service (FPSIS), 1-800-332-FACE, which provides consumers with free information, brochures and a list of qualified facial plastic surgeons in the area.
  • Prepare for the reality of the day after. You might question whether you should have had the surgery at all, but after the discomfort, swelling and bruising have gone and the healing process has begun, take a look at the new you. Many people experience a sense of freedom – a freedom that can increase confidence.