Noninvasive cosmetic surgery on the rise for aging baby boomers
October 15, 2010
Many older adults are now opting to receive noninvasive cosmetic surgery in order to retain their youthful appearance, instead of surgical procedures such as face lifts, according to The Wall Street Journal.Many older adults are now opting to receive noninvasive cosmetic surgery in order to retain their youthful appearance, instead of surgical procedures such as face lifts, according to The Wall Street Journal.
From botox injections to dermal fillers to laser treatments, it appears that baby boomers are much more willing to undergo procedures that boast a shorter recovery time and lower cost than traditional anti-aging surgeries.
Chemical peels have also proven to be popular. The method removes the top layer of skin to reveal the unblemished skin underneath.
The news source reports that the price tag is one of the driving factors for many of these patients, because these minor treatments cost between $400 and $1,000 dollars,
compared to a face lift, which can cost up to $15,000.
The effects of these procedures may be temporary, but they can last for a few months and many can be performed within an hour. Some surgeons have also begun to suggest mini-lifts to patients, which are less costly than traditional face lifts.
Older adults appear to be seeking these treatments for two reasons - to look as good as they feel and to compete with younger employees in the crowded job market.
However, plastic surgeon Dr. Sam Hamra told the news provider that patients can spend thousands of dollars each year on the procedures, but end up with very few lasting results. A more permanent solution that he cites is for an individual to receive a face lift and then maintain it with fillers or injectables.
The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery estimates that the number of face lifts performed in the United States fell by 29 percent in 2009, while botulinum toxin injections grew by 3.8 percent.
Those who are considering any form of cosmetic surgery should first consult a board-certified surgeon who is also member of an organization such as ASAPS.
The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), is recognized as the world's leading organization devoted entirely to aesthetic plastic surgery and cosmetic medicine of the face and body. ASAPS is comprised of over 2,600 Plastic Surgeons; Active Members are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (USA) or by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and have extensive training in the complete spectrum of surgical and nonsurgical aesthetic procedures. International Active Members are certified by equivalent boards of their respective countries. All members worldwide adhere to a strict Code of Ethics and must meet stringent membership requirements.
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