The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS) recently published their 2008 Procedural Survey. These surveys are based on responses given by AACS members.

They found that in 2008, cosmetic surgeons had a 29 percent rise in female clients although they also had a two percent drop in male clients. The interpretation put on those figures is that women will continue to invest in their appearance even in a struggling economy, whereas in those tougher times, males will scratch it off their To Do list.

The three cosmetic surgeries most often performed were:
• Liposuction;
• Breast augmentation; and
• Eyelid surgery.

The three most popular non-invasive cosmetic procedures were (in this order):
• BOTOX® injections;
• Laser hair removal; and
• Dermal fillers based on hyaluronic acid

Laser Technology at the Forefront

Researchers found that over the last three years, there has been a great increase in people asking for laser skin resurfacing. For males it has been up 456 percent and for females, up by 215 percent. As well, laser hair removal rose to the number two spot after BOTOX® among the non-invasive procedures.

This discovery lead AACS President Patrick McManamin, MD to remark, “Cosmetic surgery technology is advancing at the speed of light.” He mentioned the two advantages of laser procedures – that they give effective results and a short recovery period. So it would appear that perhaps laser procedures are recession-proof. McManamin also mentioned that laser skin resurfacing has become less expensive since 2002, dropping its cost by approximately $450.

At the Cosmetic Surgical Center we offer all the procedures mentioned above. The dermal fillers we offer include Restylane, which is a hyaluronic acid-based filler and very effective. BOTOX® Cosmetic is always very much in demand and you can see some of the results on our Before and After BOTOX® Gallery.

If you are interested in looking younger and would like to know more about the surgical and non-surgical ways of accomplishing that, please contact cosmetic surgeon Dr. Rai today for a free consultation.