Plastic surgery isn’t just about scalpels anymore. According to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), non-surgical procedures such as chemical peels and filler and toxin injections topped the list of most requested procedures in 2011.
In addition to addressing traditional concerns like lines and wrinkles, non-surgical procedures also can repair beauty regrets like the results from spending too much time in the sun or even sagging earlobes from years of wearing heavy earrings.
â€œEvery FDA approved product, including fillers, has an indication supported by data generated from clinical trials,â€ stated Tom Wang, M.D. and president of AAFPRS. â€œHowever, research is underway for other potential uses for these fillers where patients can experience additional benefits.”
At a recent press event in New York, new and innovative uses for fillers and improvements in procedures were demonstrated by Dr. Wang accompanied by Edwin Williams, M.D., vice president of Public and Regulatory Affairs for AAFPRS, and Steven Pearlman, M.D., past AAFPRS president.
The three facial plastic surgery experts demonstrated the following:
- Earlobe rejuvenation with filler (Juvederm) for sagging earlobes
- Lower eyelid rejuvenation with filler in the tear troughs
- Chemical peel with reduced recovery time
The two-hour event was held in Dr. Pearlmanâ€™s office on Park Avenue in New York City.