ASPS Reports Increases in Botox, Laser Skin Resurfacing

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Eyelid surgery and Botox are two of the most popular ways to fight signs of aging. According to the ASPS, surgeons performed over 196,000 eyelid surgeries and administered over 5,670,000 Botox treatments in 2011 alone.

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...whatever the cause, the eyes are one of the first places to show wrinkles, sags and bags...they are also one of the targets for both surgical and non-surgical procedures...

Bags, sags, crow’s feet and wrinkles can be a thing of the past, thanks to anti-aging eye solutions. From surgical techniques such as blepharoplasty to minimally invasive procedures like Botox and laser skin resurfacing, plastic surgeons can offer patients a range of options to reduce or eliminate common signs of aging that affect the delicate eye area, leaving patients looking refreshed and renewed.

Genetics, lifestyle or the accumulation of years — whatever the cause, the eyes are one of the first places to show wrinkles, sags and bags. And, according to a survey from the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), they are also one of the targets for both surgical and non-surgical procedures to turn back the hands of time.

American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) statistics reflect that Botox, used to block muscular nerve signals and diminish wrinkles including crow’s feet, was the top minimally invasive procedure in 2011. Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) joined rhinoplasty and facelift as the the three of the top five cosmetic surgical procedures performed in 2011.

Not surprisingly, women made up 91 percent of all surgical and non-surgical procedures in 2011, according to ASPS figures; however, age and ethnic background also played a role in those undergoing eyelid surgery and other procedures related to the upper portion of the face. The report showed a 10 percent increase in Botox injections from the 2010 figures.

Tracking procedures by surgeons, a poll from the AAFPRS reflected that three-fourths of all procedures were cosmetic non-surgical, with Botox and hyaluronic acid the top two in 2011. As for cosmetic surgical procedures, blepharoplasty was in second place behind rhinoplasty, and joined brow lifts, Botox, facelifts, filler injections and chemical peel procedures as the procedures most often performed on patients between the ages of 35 and 60. But eyelid surgery isn’t just for looks — it can also eliminate loose, sagging skin in the upper eyelid area that can droop to the point of impairing the vision.

In addition to Botox injections and blepharoplasty, skin resurfacing, using chemical peels, dermabrasion and lasers, has also been successful at restoring a more youthful appearance to the delicate eye area. Dermal fillers can be used to restore fullness in under-eye areas, as well as cheeks and temples, to counteract the drawn look.

As with all facial cosmetic procedures, the goal is to create a younger, fresher look that enhances the overall appearance. This makes it essential that patients choose qualified, experienced plastic surgeons to perform procedures, and that goals and options are fully discussed to ensure that the results meet their expectations.

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