26 March 2009

The popularity of cosmetic laser treatments in the USA has seen record rises over the last three years, according to new data from the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS). First reports that AACS cosmetic surgeons have seen a 456 per cent rise in men and a 215 per cent increase in women opting for laser resurfacing. This laser procedure is designed to minimise wrinkles and facial lines. What's more, laser hair removal treatments are now the second most performed non-invasive procedure in the country, following Botox injections .AACS President, Patrick McMenamin, said: "Cosmetic surgery technology is advancing at the speed of light. As we learn more about the cosmetic uses for lasers, the more patients benefit from effective results and quicker recovery time. It is an exciting time for both cosmetic surgery patients and physicians." The rise in popularity experienced by laser treatments reflects the industry-wide shift towards non-invasive cosmetic surgery, as patients delay more significant procedures like breast enlargements and opt for cheaper alternatives instead. The AACS survey also found that surgeons saw a 29 per cent rise in their female clientele over the past year. The top three most performed cosmetic surgeries were liposuction, blepharoplasty (eye bag removal) and breast augmentation. Data released earlier this month by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, however, placed breast augmentation as the number one cosmetic procedure in the US.