Non-surgical cosmetic procedures resilient to economic times

A recent survey performed by the American Society of Plastic surgeons has found the impending recession to have caused people to delay plastic surgery and consider non-surgical cosmetic procedures such as anti-wrinkle injections, dermal fillers, and laser skin treatments.

The association surveyed 100 women who were considering plastic surgery in March and then again in October and found that 59% said recent changes in the economy have had an impact on their plans for plastic surgery, compared with 50% in March. Also, 48%, of women surveyed during October said that the economic slowdown had made them less likely to book a consultation with a cosmetic surgeon, a marked increase of 18% since March, when 30% felt that way.

Possibly the most significant result for the aesthetic medicine industry, however, is that 27% said they were considering less expensive options, compared with 20% earlier in the year.
Richard D’Amico, ASPS president, commented, “It appears more consumers are choosing the less invasive cosmetic procedures, both to give them a boost or to buy time if they need to postpone a more costly invasive surgical procedure because of the economic downturn.”

In a concurrent survey among its surgeon members, ASPS discovered that while 62% reported a decrease in plastic surgery procedures performed, some 73% reported an increased or stable demand for procedures such as anti-wrinkle injections, chemical peels and dermal fillers.

Dr. Gavin Chan
Dr. Gavin Chan

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