Cosmetic Surgery Predictions for 2001

NEW YORK, NY (December 29, 2000)

  • Anti-aging will be the buzzword of the decade. Anti-aging includes everything from plastic surgery to chemical interventions, hormone replacement and vitamin therapy, nutrition, and mind/body medicine--all aimed at prolonging youth, health and vitality. Plastic surgeons and endocrinologists will become the leaders in this new integrated field.
  • "Nips and tucks" will be preferred over major cosmetic surgery "overhauls" by aging baby boomers. Minimally invasive procedures that require little or no down time will be sought after by the growing baby boomer population to decrease the early signs of aging and postpone major surgery a little longer.
  • Procedures such as facelifts and skin resurfacing will become less invasive and recovery will be faster. More patients will request short-scar facelift techniques and skin resurfacing treatments using newer types of lasers or radio frequency electrosurgical devices that reduce tissue trauma and recovery time.
  • Advances in tissue adhesives will have a growing impact on cosmetic surgery. The use of tissue glue in face and brow lifts will be adopted by an increasing number of plastic surgeons as its potential benefits of more rapid and predictable healing are further substantiated.
  • New drug delivery modalities using sonic waves will increase the effectiveness of skin care treatments. New skin care product formulations used in conjunction with ultrasound will allow for deeper penetration of topically applied rejuvenating agents into the skin, resulting in significantly improved aesthetic results.
  • Cosmetic plastic surgery will be more accessible. However, the overall quality of care will decline as more practitioners without formal plastic surgery training assume the mantle of "cosmetic surgeon." Price competition between those vying for cosmetic surgery clientele will appear to offer patients more choices, making credential checking and surgical facility accreditation ever more important.
  • "Added value" cosmetic surgery will become popular among those who can afford to spend more. "Added value" might include post surgical pampering in a spa-like setting close to the patient's home or counseling in holistic health, diet and exercise.


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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