AAFPRS Reveals Top Aesthetic Trends in Facial Plastic Surgery
Minimally invasive procedures dominate according to the AAFPRS member survey. Maintenance procedures with little downtime still reign supreme, with four out of five procedures performed in 2014 being minimally invasive. Of these, BOTOX® made up approximately half of all minimally invasive procedures performed, followed by hyaluronic fillers, including Juvéderm & Restylane.
Feature focus of the eyes, cheeks and hair are key areas of anti-aging for men and women. Seventy-four percent of AAFPRS members reported requests for eyelid procedures like blepharoplasty, fillers and laser resurfacing to look less tired, while 63 percent reported people asking to get their cheekbones back with fillers and fat for cheek enhancement and volume restoration.
The number of patients requesting hair transplants is on the radar as an up-and- coming trend for 14 percent of surgeons, including requests for brow and eyelash restoration.
Remaining competitive in the workforce is an important driver in the decision to have surgery, sited as a factor by 58 percent of surgeons. People are also seeking cosmetic procedures due to dissatisfaction with their profile (nose, chin, neck) and because of a desire to look better in selfies, on Instagram and other social media platforms. The survey finds that patients are most concerned about results (69%) followed at quite a distance by cost (14%) and recovery time (14%).
The AAFPRS urges consumers to select a board-certified surgeon that specializes in plastic surgery of the face, head and neck. Choosing a surgeon based on price rather than qualifications can have catastrophic results. Research surgeons and procedural information via trusted online sources (www.aafprs.org). Review before/after options and don’t be afraid to ask tough questions.
“Think of finding the right surgeon as a job interview,” says Dr. Park. “Come prepared with a list of questions that will help you determine his/her qualifications, training and experience in performing those specific procedures. A key question to ask your potential surgeon is how many times he or she performs a given procedure and how they intend to achieve the desired result.”
ABOUT THE AAFPRS:
The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is the world’s largest specialty association for facial plastic surgery. It represents more than 2,500 facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons throughout the world. The AAFPRS is a National Medical Specialty Society of the American Medical Association (AMA), and holds an official seat in both the AMA House of Delegates and the American College of Surgeons board of governors. AAFPRS members are board certified surgeons whose focus is surgery of the face, head, and neck. www.aafprs.org