It hardly seems possible, yet almost every day we see new economic figures that are worse than expected—a dismal GDP, scary unemployment numbers, astonishing bailouts. Americans are responding by taking the knife to their own budgets, and plastic surgery plans can be among the first to be cut.
Late last year, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons polled a group of women in the U.S. who were considering surgery. The ASPS found that well over half the respondents said the economy was impacting their decisions. Many were considering less expensive procedures, such as Botox injections or a dermal filler like Restylane. Others put off scheduling surgical consultations altogether.
Another professional society, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, reported that its members are feeling the pinch. Over half the plastic surgeons the ASAPS surveyed said that business was off significantly, as much as 30%, over previous years. Even with the increasing popularity of non-surgical alternatives, including injectables and other options such as chemical peels and laser treatments, patients seem to be waiting longer between treatments.
Most plastic surgeons truly care about their patients’ well being, including their financial health. Still, many would offer a caution or two for those who really want to improve their looks and save money. First, think hard before you decide to travel to another country to lower the cost. Surgeon accreditation, laws protecting patients and standards of care may not be as stringent as they are here in the U.S. If something should go wrong in a foreign country, you could end up in a frightening position. If you should need additional care back at home, you’ll be starting over with another surgeon and possibly shelling out more money for a revision.
Facial plastic surgeons are generally very pleased to have new and ever-improving non-invasive tools like injectables, peels, lasers and other treatments in their arsenal. They can help rejuvenate the skin’s surface and put the finishing touches on a surgical procedure.