Are injectables the key to prolonged youth – or at least delayed plastic surgery?

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Injectables like Sculptra can tone and firm aging skin -- and stave off the need for surgery/Source: Sculptra

Many women look for ways to turn back the hands of time, especially when it shows up in the form of fine lines, wrinkles or crow’s feet.  And while some women consider plastic surgery to keep a youthful look, a new study shows that injectables like Botox offer a temporary solution to going under the knife – one that may even push back the need for eventual surgery.

The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reports that quick shots of Botox, Dysport and Juvederm have become a mainstay in American culture.  The liquid inserted under the skin paralyzes muscles, keeping skin smooth.  Over the last few years, the rate of these non-surgical procedures has skyrocketed: in fact, the number of injectable appointments has increased 228 percent between 1997 and 2010.

Experts say one of the main reasons people are so attracted to these procedures is because of their cost.  The bill for plastic surgery can add up fast, costing thousands of dollars.  “That’s not where I want to spend my money,” Rosemary Davis a 60-year-old mother told the Detroit Free Press.  Instead of plastic surgery, she decided to get injectables done around her eyes to look a bit more youthful for her daughter’s wedding.  She borrowed the money from her retirement fund because as she put it, “It was important to me.”

Davis is not alone.  ASAPS reports that Americans spent nearly $10.7 billion on cosmetic procedures in 2010.  Approximately 62 percent of that was on surgical procedures, while 18 percent was on injectables.  The other 20 percent was spent on other treatments including skin rejuvenation.

ASAPS studies indicate that the number of individuals receiving injections each year has increased by more than 500 percent since the late 1990s.  However, despite their low cost and mounting popularity, he effects of Botox, Dysport or Juvederm are temporary — lasting for just a few months, as opposed to the permanent changes made possible by the work of an experienced, certified plastic surgeon. It’s true that Botox won’t last forever: but as industry professionals point out, Botox and other injectable products can stave off the need for surgery until patients are ready – both physically and financially – for a more complete makeover.

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