Trends in Non-Surgical Cosmetic Procedures
Friday, March 1, 2013
Cosmetic procedures, both non-invasive
and surgical forms, are continuously increasing in the US, according to a
survey from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). However, the
organization says more patients are favoring non-surgical treatments such as
Botox injection and soft tissue fillers.
In 2010, 13.1 million cosmetic
procedures were performed in the country, with about 88 percent accounting to
non-invasive treatments. Meanwhile, almost half of the patients were in
their 40s and 50s, a clear manifestation of Americans’ obsession to youthful
One advantage of non-invasive cosmetic
procedures over surgical ones is that they involve little or no recovery or
downtime. However, one consideration is that they often need maintenance,
so the patients can preserve their youthful appearance; for instance, Botox and
collagen injection must be repeated at least every six months.
The International Association for
Physicians in Aesthetic Medicine (IAPAM) is expecting that non-invasive
cosmetic procedures, especially those treating the signs of aging, will
increase in numbers. Botox and Dysport, which both use neurotoxin in small
dosage, will continue their popularity.
Dermal fillers such as Restylane and
Juvederm will also continue their popularity. These treatments are used to
fill in hollowed facial areas such as the cheeks, although certain types can
also used in lip augmentation.
In addition, non-surgical body
contouring procedures such as VelaSmooth and Zerona will continue their
Over the past couple of years,
liposuction has been one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries in the
US. But nowadays, new technologies have made it possible to perform the
procedure without making incisions; in fact, some doctors simply inject a
concoction of drugs to the fatty areas to melt these away, allowing the body to
naturally flush these out.