Trends in 2004 show facial plastic surgery on the rise


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Trends in 2004 show facial plastic surgery on the rise

More Americans are seeking improvements, enhancements, and rejuvenation by visiting a facial plastic surgeon. According to a recent survey from the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), 22 percent more procedures were performed per facial plastic surgeon than last year. Over half of all patients (54 percent) have had multiple procedures in the same year. Read on to find out what, who, when, and why, along with future trends.

What procedures are you having?
The most sought after surgical procedures in 2004 were blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) with an average of 67 procedures performed per surgeon and rhinoplasty (nose surgery) with an average of 54 procedures per surgeon. The most common cosmetic non-surgical procedures were Botox (355 procedures per surgeon), filler injections (209 procedures), microdermabrasion (161 procedures), and chemical peels (134 procedures).

The most notable increases in the number of procedures from 2003 to 2004 were filler injections, up 115 percent, and Botox, up 107 percent.

Who is having surgery?
Woman continue to be the most likely candidates for facial plastic surgery; 78 percent of all surgical procedures and 84 percent of all non-surgical procedures are performed on women. The most common cosmetic surgical procedures undergone by women are blepharoplasty, rhinoplasty, and rhytidectomy (facelift).

Among male patients, Botox, hair transplants, filler injections, chemical peels, rhinoplasty, and microdermabrasion are the most common procedures.

There have been significant increases in procedures among men. Laser resurfacing and forehead lifts both increased almost 300 percent, while Botox injections were up 210 percent.

In reviewing patient ethnicity, African Americans were most likely to have received rhinoplasty (71 percent), Asian Americans blepharoplasty (49 percent), Hispanics rhinoplasty (45 percent), and Caucasians slightly more likely to have received rhinoplasty (32 percent) versus rhytidectomy (31 percent).

When are you scheduling your surgery?
The most popular season for facial plastic surgery is winter; surgeons indicated that December is their busiest month. This has consistently been the trend for the past four years. Rhytidectomy, blepharoplasty, forehead lifts, laser resurfacing, and chemical peels are most popular in winter. Ear surgery and rhinoplasty are most common in the summer.

Why are you having surgery?
Patients elect to have facial cosmetic surgery to look younger; this is the primary motivation for both men and women. Men were also likely to report receiving facial cosmetic surgery for work related reasons (22 percent). Facial plastic surgeons also state that 23 percent of women opt for surgery to “look less tired” and “to look and feel better” (17 percent).

What does the future hold for facial plastic surgery?
Most surgeons predict an introduction of more fillers into the market and a heightened focus on patient safety. Another potential area of expansion in facial plastic surgery will be an increase in wellness and lifestyle techniques for patients.