According to the latest statistics released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), $10.1 billion was spent on cosmetic procedures in the U.S. in 2010. Eighty-eight percent of this figure went specifically towards non-invasive cosmetic procedures that did not require actual surgery.
Popular procedures such as Botox, Dysport and Restylane accounted for a large percentage of these non-invasive cosmetic procedures; however, some experts feel that newer non-invasive treatments will rule the market in 2012.
Specifically, non-invasive body contouring is likely to see a spike in the upcoming year. The demand for non-invasive body contouring procedures such as Zerona, a laser body slimming procedure, or VelaSmooth, an anti-cellulite procedure that utilizes light, sound and massage to increase elasticity of the skin, continue to see a grown in popularity.
There are numerous advantages to non-invasive cosmetic surgery and patients are taking note. In general, non-invasive cosmetic procedures provide instantaneous results and are relatively pain-free when compared to their surgical counterparts. They can be performed in as little as an hour and the recovery process is minimal.
Cost effectiveness is also a huge issue for individuals seeking out cosmetic enhancements. When it comes to non-invasive cosmetic procedures, patients often feel as though they are getting more “bang for their buck” because many treatments are in general far less expensive, and can be spread out over time to optimize results.
As the market for non-invasive cosmetic enhancement continues to grow and more procedures become available in the U.S., experts expect to see greater flexibility in the creation of patient-centered treatment plans, which will ultimately yield enhanced end results for patients.
“Anyone can wear a white coat” says the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, “but not everyone is board certified in plastic surgery.”
A new media campaign is spreading awareness about physicians who are performing plastic surgery without the rigorous training of board certified plastic surgeons.
“Despite all she’s been through, Denora Rodriquez feels lucky. She underwent surgery to have her breast implants replaced, but woke up to much more than she ever bargained for.”
“The surgeon botched her implants, causing them to merge together (a complication called symmastia). To make matters worse, during the same surgery, he decided to operate on Denora’s eyes, without her permission.”
Now she says she can’t close her eyes completely and must care for them constantly. She says she has to use medication and the experience has been “very uncomfortable.”
Dr. Steve Teitelbaum, plastic surgeon in Los Angeles, was able to fix her breasts. “We reconnected her skin over the breastbone down to the breastbone and then created two separate pockets for the breast implants, one behind each breast,” he explained Dr. Teitelbaum to CBS2 news.
The doctor also criticized the medical system that allows non-board certified plastic surgeons to perform plastic surgery. Only a few states have laws that require physicians to be transparent about their credentials, and there’s no law on a national level.
It’s up to you, the patient, to learn exactly what your doctor is qualified to do, before doing anything at all, warns the ASPS.
After a new study, the FDA has approved Restylane for lip augmentation procedures, according to its manufacturer Medicis.
While plastic surgeons in the past had largely used Restylane for its previous FDA approved treatment of lines and wrinkles, this new approval opens up the doors for Restylane lip augmentation. Previously, though it was not FDA approved, plastic surgeons could use the injectable for Restylane lip augmentation, as an off-label treatment.
This announcement comes after the release of findings from a recent study of Restylane lip augmentation treatments. In the study conducted by 12 doctors, it was found that Restylane was “well tolerated and highly effective for lip augmentation for up to six months.”
When measured on several points, researchers found Restylane lip augmentation to be effective and long lasting. The effects of the treatment are said to least up to six months for many patients. Those patients who participated in the study were so pleased with the results of their Restylane lip augmentation, in fact, that 80% of them chose to undergo another treatment after six months.
Restylane is an injectable gel comprised of hyaluronic acid, a key hydrating component of your skin. When injected beneath the surface of your skin at the site of a wrinkle, Restylane provides immediate correction. During a treatment for thin lips, your plastic surgeon will inject a specific amount of the product into your upper and sometimes lower lip. This form of Restylane lip augmentation will provide immediate volume to your lips, creating a larger kissable area.