From 2011 to 2012, the number of plastic surgeries performed in the United States jumped five percent to 14.6 million, according to statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). Much of that growth was fueled by non-invasive facial rejuvenation procedures like microdermabrasion treatments and laser facial resurfacing.
“Our annual statistics serve as a snapshot regarding the plastic surgery industry,” said ASPS President Gregory Evans, MD. “For the third consecutive year, the overall growth in cosmetic surgery continues to be driven by a significant rise in minimally-invasive procedures, while surgical procedures remain relatively stable. We are aware, however, that patients who begin with less invasive treatments with a plastic surgeon may opt for more invasive, surgical procedures once required.”
One of the most popular new procedures, laser resurfacing, can help get rid of a number of blemishes including wrinkles, superficial scars caused by acne or trauma that are not growing, and color blemishes. So regardless of the type of issue that you might be looking to clear up, laser resurfacing can be a great option. But before going through with a procedure, like any other, you should think about the possible risks and drawbacks.
- Burns and pain that comes from the heat of the laser.
- The potential for scarring from the treatment itself.
- Changes in skin pigmentation and areas that become lighter or darker.
- Bacterial infections that develop after the procedure is completed.
- Reactivating herpes cold sores that had been dormant.
- Though costs vary from place to place, in 2011, the ASPS said the average cost of laser resurfacing was around $2,300. For some, that is a hefty price tag.
The potential downside to the procedure might make other skin resurfacing procedures the better choice, but everyone is different. The important thing is to take your time and consult with a doctor before proceeding.
As technology continues to evolve and procedures for everything from skin tightening to eliminating blemishes become more advanced, it is reasonable to think that the number of Americans who choose to use them to improve their skin will continue to rise. Because of that, the plastic surgery industry as a whole should see growth in 2014 and beyond. See this reference for more.