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Facelift numbers get ‘lift’ from baby-boomers

Article-Facelift numbers get ‘lift’ from baby-boomers

Arlington Heights, Ill. — Facelifts appear to be making a comeback with baby boomers, reports Medical News Today.

According to recently released statistics from the Arlington-based American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), facelift procedures are up 14 percent for patients 40 years of age and older, with nearly 116,200 procedures performed in 2007. Despite the increasing demand for less invasive procedures, the number of facelifts increased 14 percent for women and 16 percent for men since 2006.

In a recent ASPS press release, Society President Richard D’Amico, M.D., notes that the number of facelifts began declining in 2000.

“With the advent of injectables like Botox and fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm, many baby boomers thought they would substitute for a facelift,” he says in the release. “However, our latest statistics show patients now know they get the best results when surgery and injectables are used together. Facelifts are critical to lift and reposition skin and underlying tissues, while injectables are vital for plumping and restoring volume.”

ASPS statistics for 2007 also show that the average cost for a facelift is $5,031, and that more than $595.7 million was spent on the procedure last year, while more than $3.3 billion was spent on cosmetic injectables.

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