The count is in and Botox has emerged at the top ranked cosmetic surgery procedure of 2012, according to 2012 statistics recently published by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). Minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures such as Botox and Restylane showed across-the-board increases over the previous year. Surgical procedures declined in some traditionally popular areas, such as breast augmentation, posting their greatest gains in facial procedures such as face lifts and eyelid surgery. (Click here to see an ASPS infographic of report highlights.)
The top cosmetic surgery procedures of 2012 are:
Top 5 minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures:
- Botulinum toxin type A (Botox and Dysport)
- Soft tissue fillers (Juvederm, Restylane)
- Chemical Peel
- Laser hair removal
Top 5 cosmetic surgery procedures:
- Breast augmentation
- Nose reshaping
- Eyelid surgery
- Face lift
“Looking 50 is great … if you're 60.” - Joan Rivers
Cleveland cosmetic surgeons say baby boomers are a major force driving the growing popularity of facial plastic surgery. After holding off the signs of aging with Botox and fillers, the desire to peel away the years has increased demand for face lifts by 6% and eyelid surgery by 4%.
Let’s talk about it
Another factor in the rising popularity of cosmetic surgery is discussion of new procedures and technology on daytime talk shows. Public discussion of the benefits of appearance enhancement procedures has brought cosmetic surgery into the open, making it acceptable and accessible and removing any lingering stigma of embarrassment evident in past generations.
Better informed consumers
Today’s Cleveland cosmetic surgery consumers are also demonstrating greater knowledge of technology advances in the plastic surgery field. General knowledge of the skin-tightening benefits, minimal pain and short downtime offered by laser-assisted cosmetic surgery is prompting more patients to seek out Cleveland cosmetic surgeons that offer Smartlipo TriPlex laser-assisted liposuction and other cutting-edge technologies. Click here to download our free Smartlipo TriPlex Guide.
When holiday photos started popping up on your friends’ Facebook pages last year, did you cringe and wonder when you started to look so worn around the edges and – be honest with yourself – old? The signs of aging seem to creep upon us slowly. We grow used to the face that looks back at us when we stand in front of the mirror every morning to shave or put on our makeup. Starring at ourselves in the mirror in the middle of the morning rush, we don’t have time to notice early signs of aging.
We remain happily oblivious to our changing appearance until we see ourselves in holiday photos and suddenly realize how other people see us. It can be a shock to discover that the little lines and creases you’ve grown used to have deepened into unsightly furrows and wrinkles. Suddenly, you feel old.
There is nothing wrong with looking your age, but why should you? If you feel beautiful and vibrant on the inside, why wouldn’t you want to look that way on the outside? With a little help from an experienced, board-certified Cleveland cosmetic surgeon, you can! Botox, Dysport and dermal fillers can ease furrowed brows, fill in facial lines, smooth away wrinkles and plump up thinning lips. With expertly-applied cosmetic treatments, your appearance can go from old and tired to attractively refreshed and renewed nearly overnight!
If you want to look fabulous in this year’s holiday photos, you’ll want to schedule an appointment with an experienced, board-certified Cleveland cosmetic surgeon soon. Depending on your appearance goals, he may recommend a combination of Botox/Dysport and dermal fillers to address different types of problems. Some treatments have an immediate impact on appearance, but the full effects of Botox take three to five days to develop (one to two days for Dysport) so call now to schedule your appointment well ahead of family photo sessions.
Sunscreen isn’t just for summer. Protecting your skin from sun damage takes year-round effort. Your skin is just as vulnerable to the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays in the winter as it is in the summer. The earth is constantly bombarded by ultraviolet radiation from the run. The sun emits two different types of UV radiation, UVA and UVB, both of which damage the skin but in different ways.
- UVB rays primarily affect the surface of the skin. These are the rays that cause sunburn and increase your risk of skin cancer. Repeated exposure to UVB rays is a known cause of skin cancer.
- UVA rays penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin and are responsible for premature aging of the skin. UVA rays are associated with the development of wrinkles and lines, sagging skin and age spots. UVA rays can also increase the carcinogenic effects of UVB rays and may themselves be a cause of skin cancer.
We associate the danger of UV rays with hot, sunny summer days; but UV danger is still present on cloudy days and during the winter. Clouds only block part of the sun’s ultraviolet radiation. On a completely cloudy or gray winter day, 40% of UV rays still penetrate the clouds and reach earth.
Wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB rays year-round is strongly recommended to protect your skin from damage. If damage occurs, Botox and cosmetic fillers can “erase” some of the lines and wrinkles caused by sun damage. To find out more, download our free Botox/Dysport Patient Guide.
We’ve come a long way since Hollywood’s early days when makeup artists used melted paraffin to smooth fine lines before applying makeup to the faces of yesteryear’s stars. Today, we have drawers full of products to hide facial imperfections and early signs of aging—if you know how.
When you need a quick fix to cover up facial imperfections, use these expert tips:
- To hide fine lines, apply a small amount of wrinkle-filling serum to your finger and gently tap it into the lines. Cover with liquid concealer. Avoid powdering the area.
- To obscure dark circles under the eyes, use your finger to gently tap a hydrating eye cream over the area. Apply foundation to your face. Finish by smoothing a slightly darker than normal concealer to the shadowed area under the eyes.
Concealers, wrinkle serums and hydrating creams do an okay job when you need a quick fix for a minor facial problem; but they only provide fleeting solutions that require daily maintenance. Botox, Dysport, skin fillers, and professional skin care programs can provide longer-term and more effective relief from fine lines, facial wrinkles, blemishes, skin discoloration and other prickly skin issues that erode your confidence in your appearance. For more information, download our free Botox/Dysport & Fillers Patient Guide today.
And for out testosterone crowd, botox isn’t just for women. It’s also the No. 1 cosmetic surgery procedure for men. Download our Men’s Guide to Cosmetic Surgery and find out how cosmetic surgery can make you look younger and feel more confident in your appearance.
Today, women are turning to Botox and skin fillers to combat the facial wrinkles, lines and slight sags that accumulate as we age. Botox and fillers have become so popular that some people are touting them as “the new face lift” or “liquid face lifts”. Such claims or implications are misleading and can cause confusion among consumers who wish to improve their facial appearance, leading them to anticipate results that these cosmetic surgery products cannot deliver.
Common misunderstandings about cosmetic Botox and filler treatments and what they can and cannot do emphasize the necessity of consulting with an experienced board-certified cosmetic surgeon before undergoing any cosmetic procedure, even non-invasive Botox treatments. Depending on your facial appearance goals, an experienced cosmetic surgeon may recommend a surgical procedure (face lift, brow lift, eyelid lift, etc.) or nonsurgical Botox and filler treatment or a combination of procedures.
It is important to realize that facial lift and Botox or filler treatments are not interchangeable. Botox and Dysport are used to treat facial lines by relaxing underlying muscles so they cannot contract. Dermal fillers are used to add fullness to facial features and soften deep folds and creases by adding volume. Today, many women in their 30s and 40s use Botox and filler treatments to address lines and wrinkles early. While this can put off the need for a face lift, eventually loss of elasticity and the pull of gravity may make a face lift your best option.
Get the answers to your questions about Botox and fillers by download our free Botox/Dysport and Fillers Patient Guide today.
Men are tuning in to the benefits of Botox in such a big way that the media has tagged the male use of the wrinkle-removing cosmetic procedure “brotox”!
In 2011 more than 360,000 Botulinum Toxin Type A (Botox and Dysport) procedures were performed on men, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. While only 6% of the more than 5.6 million Botox/Dysport procedures performed last year, male Botox consumers have been increasing nearly twice as fast as their female counterparts. Between 2010 and 2011, Botox for men increased 8%, compared to 5% for women.
Since 2000, Botox procedures for men have increased 286%!
Male use of dermal cosmetic fillers to erase wrinkles and facial lines has also increased.
In 2011, nearly 87,000 U.S. men received tissue fillers such as Radiesse, Juvaderm and Restylane; an increase of 11% over the previous year and 73% since 2000. Many U.S. cosmetic surgeons say men now make up 10% to 30% of their Botox patients. Over the past few years, the number of men having surgical cosmetic procedures has also been rising. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the five most popular cosmetic surgical procedures for men last year were liposuction, rhinoplasty (nose reshaping), eyelid surgery, gynecomastia (male breast reduction), and face lifts.
With men working longer and often dating later in life, they are finding that cosmetic surgery gives them the competitive edge they need to compete successfully in an increasingly younger marketplace. To find out more about how cosmetic surgery can enhance your appearance and your life, click here to download our free Men’s Guide to Cosmetic Surgery.
The word “Botox” has become associated with a facial treatment designed to rid you of unsightly lines and provide a smoother, more youthful, appearance. But a Botox treatment from a Cleveland cosmetic surgeon may actually just be part one of the procedure. Often a combination treatment with both Botox or Dysport and cosmetic fillers will better achieve the results desired.
A more youthful you
For many women and men seeking to correct sun damage, reverse the appearance of aging, or simply enjoy a more vibrant look, the Botox/filler combination is one that, in some cases, can work better than either treatment by itself.
The positive effects of Botox and Dysport can last up to 6 months. Fillers vary, and can last from 6 months to a year or longer, after which you may consider follow-up treatments from your Cleveland cosmetic surgeon. But wherever and however often you have Botox/fillers, the treatment doesn’t affect the way you smile, speak or otherwise use your face. You’re still “you” – only more youthful-looking!
Botox/filler procedures may become part of your cosmetic regimen when you explore the financing options offered by a Cleveland cosmetic surgeon. You may find that the cost is less than your gym membership or your budget for latte's!
Learn more about how Botox/Dysport and fillers can enhance your appearance. Download this free patient guide to help you on your way and see actual results from patients.
Cosmetic surgery use is shifting from damage control to prevention. Women (and an increasing number of men) are embracing cosmetic procedures at younger ages to combat aging and prevent skin damage. It is becoming common for adults in their 20s and 30s to include regular non-invasive cosmetic treatments like Botox and fillers in their normal skin care regimens, although people between the ages of 35 and 50 still comprise the largest cosmetic surgery demographic in the U.S.
According to 2011 statistics released by the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, adults ages 35 to 50 accounted for 43% of all U.S. cosmetic procedures — more than 4 million – last year. The number of cosmetic procedures obtained by young adults ages 19 to 34 (20%) and adults between the ages of 51 and 64 (28%) showed no change from the previous year. Cosmetic surgeries for adults 65 and older decreased by 1% and increased only marginally for those ages 18 and younger.
In the decade since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Botox for cosmetic use, demand has skyrocketed it to the top spot as the most popular non-surgical cosmetic procedure in the U.S. Last year, 5,670,788 Botox and Dysport procedures and 1,874,322 dermal filler treatments were performed in the U.S., according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
The desire to work longer, stiff job competition that rewards youthful appearance, increasingly active post-50 lifestyles, and a noticeable increase in men and women dating later in life is driving the multi-generational interest in the use of Botox/Dysport and dermal fillers to fight the natural effects of aging.
Hint: It isn’t silk ties or golf balls.
What dad really wants for Father’s Day is to turn back the clock. Dad wants to look and feel as young and fit, as virile and vital as he did in his 20s. Dad wants the Magic Mirror treatment. When he looks in the mirror he wants the face that stares back to look youthful and carefree like it did before children and mortgages creased it with worry lines and wrinkles. He yearns for a fairy godfather who could wave a magic wand and instantly banish the desk-jockey paunch and barcalounger love handles that now mar his once trim physique.
Botox can erase the wrinkles that make dad feel old. All those sharp-looking ties you’ve given dad focus attention on his face. Botox treatments will make dad feel good about the face that is getting all that attention.
With liposuction, dad can regain the youthful silhouette that won mom’s heart. Every time he grabs a box of balls from his extensive collection and heads for the golf course, dad will feel and look like pro, even if he still plays like a duffer!
This year for Father’s Day, make all your dad’s wishes come true. Gift wrap our Men’s Guide to Cosmetic Surgery and give it to your dad (or the father of your children or grandchildren) with a gift certificate for Smartlipo or Botox treatments.
Rather than waiting for winkles and crow’s feet to develop, many people are adding Botox and dermal fillers to their beauty regimens – and their monthly budgets.
Botox/Dysport and dermal fillers are typically charged by the unit, although some cosmetic surgeons price treatments by the area (forehead, eyes, lips, etc.). Multiple units are used in a single treatment and vary by product and patient. The total cost for treating a specific area can range from just $150 to around $500, depending on the amount of product used and the size of the area treated. When you meet with your board-certified Cleveland cosmetic surgeon, he will discuss recommended products and treatment cost.
It is not that difficult to find room in your budget for Botox and other injectable cosmetic treatments when you consider that a couple of trips to Starbucks or a single restaurant lunch are the equivalent of a unit of Botox. You can easily cover the cost of Botox/Dysport treatments by giving up one pair of designer shoes. Forgoing a new Coach handbag can pay for a year’s worth of Botox touch-ups. The cost of cosmetic injectables is on par with the cost of a gym membership. Shouldn’t you be willing to spend on your face what you spend on the rest of your body? Surely you’re worth it!