Botox Boom

As the economy improved in 2012, the eye lids and faces of millions of Americans got a lift too. And more than a few wrinkles disappeared as well.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reported that the number of eyelid surgeries and facelifts they performed in 2012 was up from the previous year. So, to, were more minimally-invasive non-surgical procedures such as chemical peels, fillers and Botox injections.

Experts suggest some of the increase is in direct correlation to an uptick in the economy.

“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,” Dr. Gregory Evans, the ASPS president, said in a society news release.

Botox topped the list of the non-surgical procedures performed by plastic surgeons at a staggering 6.1 million treatments, an increase of eight percent from 2011.

Interestingly, the society reported that surgeons reported a slight decrease in the number of breast augmentation and nose reduction or rhinoplasty procedures they performed on women in 2012. No explanation was offered for the decline.