A study was done by a group called the Freedonia Group in Cleveland Ohio, on cosmetic surgery product use. This group is an international business research company, founded in 1985. According to its own website, it publishes “more than 100 industry research studies annually” which provide “an unbiased outlook and a reliable assessment of an industry (etc)”

This latest study examined the whole $1.9 billion U.S. cosmetic surgery product industry. It made the prediction that use of cosmetic surgery products would increase by 8.4 percent each year for the next four years. It attributed this expected growth to:

  • Increasing competition in the workforce
  • Aging of the large baby boomer generation
  • Greater social acceptance of cosmetic surgery overall
  • Botox accelerating the acceptance of injectable fillers

Their prediction specifies that procedures and products which require little or no recovery time will grow the most. It also mentions technology advances being a reassuring factor for those who otherwise might hesitate over having a cosmetic surgery procedure, invasive or non-invasive.

Botox Cosmetic is not an injectable filler, but it may well have stimulated interest in them. Botox works by temporarily paralyzing the specific muscle where it is injected. Most often it is used for frown lines. By blocking the nerve message telling that muscle to contract, it makes the muscle unable to contract, and that smoothes out the frown lines. It is especially effective when done in a series of treatments.

Injectable fillers work by creating bulk in the skin’s middle layer, the dermis. Each one uses a slightly different method, but in general they add support to the skin, which creates a smoother and more youthful-looking surface.

Over a period of months up to about 18 months, depending on which filler is used, the body absorbs the injected material and the treatment needs to be repeated. When each treatment is done a little time before complete absorption takes place, the rejuvenated skin appearance can be maintained.

At the Cosmetic Surgical Center, we offer Restylane, Sculptra, Radiesse, and a variety of other dermal fillers. If you would like to know more about them, please contact our office to schedule a personal consultation.