According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, over 28 percent more people got facelifts in 2015 than in 1997—which was five years before the Botox boom.
This is surprising, given the fact that Botox, Hyaluronic Acid Fillers and tons of non-surgical skin tightening treatments seem to be ruling the cosmetic market.
While many physicians have been claiming for years that plastic surgery was on its way out, the numbers seem to tell a different story.
One theory as to why plastic surgery is making such a strong comeback is that the non-invasive treatments that are so mainstream now have made it okay to flaunt more invasive procedures.
“[Non-invasive treatments] have de-tabooed plastic surgery by letting people dip a toe in the waters of this world,” said Marc Zimbler, an assistant clinical attending professor of facial plastic surgery at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City.
Of course, the fact that plastic surgery techniques have advanced helps the cause tremendously as more people want to look refreshed and natural as opposed to extremely “tight” in the face.
“We now know exactly how much skin we need to lift up and which specific tether points [of the musculature] we have to snip to boost everything into place in a very focused way,” said Lawrence Bass, a clinical assistant professor of plastic surgery at the Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital in New York City.
While treatments like Thermage, Ultherapy and Thread Lifts can slightly raise the skin, these procedures simply can’t replace a facelift.
Paul Jarrod Frank, a clinical assistant professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City states that for some people there is just no better alternative when considering a cosmetic treatment.
“I’m not going to load someone up with filler and turn her into a Cabbage Patch Kid just to make her skin a little tighter.”
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