According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons’ (ASPS) 2011 plastic surgery statistics that were recently released, the number of total plastic surgery procedures has grown for the past two years. While this includes both minimally invasive procedures like CoolSculpting® or Ultherapy® as well as surgical procedures like liposuction or facelift, it’s surprising to read that a recent study released by couponcabin.com (highlighted in a blog by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons) found that 23% of adults would have plastic surgery if the price was lower. The study also reported that women are more likely to seek cosmetic enhancement than men.
The price of plastic surgery varies from practice to practice and even by region. If you’ve read our blogs on the importance of plastic surgery research and finding a qualified plastic surgeon who has experience performing your desired procedure, you probably have an understanding that patients typically get what they pay for with plastic surgery. Although usually elective, plastic surgery is surgery and should be considered a serious matter. While steep discounts may sound appealing, patients should be leery because plastic surgery is not easily discounted. The highly skilled surgeons of Atlanta Plastic Surgery teach patients to first do their research and then consider cost once they are ready to move forward with a particular procedure keeping their financing options in mind.
Based on ASPS’ statistics, it’s clear that more and more people are electing to have cosmetic surgery. Looking deeper into these stats, it appears that a majority of these patients are turning to minimally invasive procedures to enhance their looks. These less invasive treatments are typically less expensive than surgical procedures. For instance, 5.7 million patients received Botox® or Dysport® injections in 2011, while only 196,000 underwent eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty). Likewise, 1.9 million people received soft tissue fillers such as Restylane® or Juvéderm®, but only 119,000 received facelift surgery. While it should be noted that many minimally invasive procedures require a series of treatments to maintain results, these numbers are still significant.
In fact, we’ve noticed a trend developing over the past few years at Atlanta Plastic Surgery in which patients are seeking minimally invasive procedures as they begin to notice signs of aging before they need a surgical procedure. Instead of waiting until they need plastic surgery, they receive maintenance procedures to preserve their look and postpone surgery longer.
The highly skilled surgeons of Atlanta Plastic Surgery offer both surgical and minimally invasive procedures to accommodate patients with a variety of needs. Whether you’re interested in minimally invasive anti-aging procedures or cosmetic surgery for the breasts, face, or body, visit our website to learn more about what we offer or schedule a consultation with one of our surgeons. Be sure to keep reading our blog for plastic surgery news and trends.