Beauty is Sacrificed for Employment

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Patients increasingly prioritize job security over elective cosmetic treatments in 2009, says Denver Plastic Surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Raval practicing in chic Cherry Creek North, the high-end retail and entertainment district in the city

At Raval Facial Aesthetics, we respect for our patients’ very busy schedules, keeping any wait time down to a minimum. It’s also the reason we offer Saturday appointments

Cosmetic surgery in the United States was down for a second year in a row in 2009, according to a survey by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery released in May 2010 of 928 board-certified physicians. While surgical procedures declined 17%, nonsurgical procedures (Botox injections and dermal fillers) inched up .6% to 8.5 million treatments.

“Clearly the economy drives patient choices,” says Jeffrey R. Raval, M.D., F.A.C.S., a double board certified facial plastic surgeon and ear/nose-throat specialist. “Interestingly what we’re hearing from patients is that it’s not necessarily the cost that puts them off an elective procedure, instead its concern over job security. Invasive plastic surgery necessitates some level of downtime and a large number of our patients and patients nationwide are putting the priority on their jobs first and holding off on cosmetic surgery.”

Dr. Raval’s findings echo those of Dr. Phil Haeck, president-elect of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, quoted in the Wall Street Journal in May, citing the shift in reasons Americans put off elective surgery from cost in 2008 to concern over job loss in 2009.

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development’s 2009 Absence Management Survey reported that private sector workers took fewer sick days in 2008, 6.4 days compared to 7.2 days in 2007. Fear over downsizing and layoffs were cited as reasons absenteeism had dropped in the private sector, while little change was evident in the survey of public sector employees—9.8 days in 2007 to 9.7 in 2008.

Since opening his practice in Denver 10 years ago, Dr. Raval has witnessed extraordinary shifts in the demand for specific procedures, particularly dermal fillers to erase creases and wrinkles. “The advantage for patients today is that there are so many new fillers that can erase years off of one’s face in an hour or less. The results are immediate and there’s no loss of time from the job while recuperating compared to the 6-week recovery from a traditional facelift,” he says.

Dr. Raval pioneered the mix of Lidocaine, a numbing agent, with dermal fillers such as Restylane, Juvéderm, Perlane and Radiesse that make the injections painless.

Besides recommending fillers to plump up the face to its original youthful appearance, Dr. Raval uses Botox and the Botox alternative Dysport to erase forehead creases, frown lines between the brow and crow’s feet around the eyes. Both injectables are non-invasive and the patient can return to their normal activities immediately following treatment.

Another popular treatment at Dr. Raval’s office in Cherry Creek North in Denver is appropriately called the “Lunchtime Peel.” This chemical peel can be performed in less than a half-hour and leaves the skin smooth and polished. Patients can return to work immediately afterwards and even apply makeup on the treated area.

“At Raval Facial Aesthetics, we respect for our patients’ very busy schedules, keeping any wait time down to a minimum. It’s also the reason we offer Saturday appointments,” adds Dr. Raval.

For details go to Videos of treatment demonstrations are found under the “News” link. Or call 303-381-FACE (3223). Raval Facial Aesthetics is located at 250 Steele St., Denver, CO 80206.


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