Facial Plastic Surgery Organization Reports Eyelid Surgery As Top Procedure

New York, NY, July 19, 2001 – While many celebrities may have reportedly had cosmetic surgery on their eyes, new statistics released from the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) state that approximately 125 thousand men and women did undergo blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) in 2000*.

The AAFPRS surveyed its membership to gather the latest trends in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. All survey respondents are board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

According to the AAFPRS survey, blepharoplasty is the most sought after facial cosmetic surgical procedure – and has nearly doubled since 1997! Other facial cosmetic surgical procedures that ranked high in 2000 are rhinoplasty (nose surgery) – which has increased by 39 percent over the last three years – rhytidectomy (facelift), hair transplants and forehead lifts. It is also interesting to note that the number of patients visiting their facial plastic surgeons for cheek augmentation has increased by 113 percent since reported last year.

However, it is not just the surgical procedures that Americans are finding beneficial for maintaining their youthful appearances. Though cosmetic surgical procedures have increased by 35 percent since 1997, non-surgical procedures are also a major priority for many patients who are looking to refresh their complexions. The top five non-surgical facial procedures in 2000 are microdermabrasion (with patients ages 40 – 59 as the largest group undergoing the procedure), chemical peels, Botox, filler injections and laser resurfacing**.

“Nowadays many patients are opting for less invasive and time efficient procedures at the first sign of wrinkles or drooping eyelids, which helps to delay having a facelift until later in life,” explains Dr. Russell Kridel, AAFPRS president. While the figures show that the largest number of cosmetic surgery patients (surgical and non-surgical) are ages 40 – 59 (accounting for 49 percent of all patients), facial plastic surgeons are also reporting that 30 percent of all cosmetic surgery patients are in the 20 – 39 age group. “As more people are becoming concerned about their overall health and appearance, it’s only natural that facial plastic surgeons would be treating people at a slightly younger age than before,” adds Kridel.

As reported in previous years, women tend to be the most likely candidates for facial cosmetic surgery – with 75 percent of all procedures performed on women. The most common surgical procedures undergone by them are blepharoplasty, rhinoplasty, rhytidectomy, forehead lifts and facial/neck liposuction. When it comes to non-surgical procedures, AAFPRS surgeons reported treating 150 women each for microdermabrasion in 2000.

For men, the most common surgical procedures are rhinoplasty (which has increased by 64 percent since 1997), blepharoplasty, hair transplants, chin augmentation and facial/neck liposuction. And, while more women than men may still be visiting their facial plastic surgeons for non-surgical procedures, men are also taking wrinkle-preventing measures by undergoing such procedures as microdermabrasion, chemical peels (nearly a 50 percent increase since 1997) and Botox.

So, why has facial plastic surgery become increasingly popular over the last few years? Not surprisingly, nearly half of the patients (47 percent of women and 46 percent of men) indicated “looking younger” to their facial plastic surgeon as one of their primary reasons for undergoing surgery. Facial plastic surgeons also say that more men than women opt for surgery for “work related” reasons (33 percent of men vs. 19 percent of women), and more women than men are likely to say that they want to “enhance their appearance” and look “less tired”. Interestingly, men and women (nine percent) equally reported undergoing cosmetic surgery for reasons of “divorce/dating/remarriage.”

When it comes to where in the country the most popular procedures are performed, AAFPRS surgeons from the south report a much higher average number of patients for blepharoplasty (89 patients per surgeon) than any other region the U.S. However, more patients in the north central U.S. undergo Botox, while patients in the northeast region choose chemical peels.

“This year’s survey results indicate that facial plastic surgery has become common practice and more accepted for a wider variety of people,” says Kridel. “However, not all procedures are for everyone. A consultation with a qualified facial plastic surgeon will help determine the best procedure to help achieve a patient’s goals.”

The AAFPRS is the world’s largest association of facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons – with more than 2,600 members – whose cosmetic and reconstructive surgery focuses on the face, head and neck. Academy fellows are board-certified and subscribe to a code of ethics. In addition, the AAFPRS provides consumers with free information and brochures and a list of qualified facial plastic surgeons in their area by calling 1-800-332-FACE or by visiting the AAFPRS Web site, www.FACEMD.org.