The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) reports a continued growth in minimally-invasive aesthetic plastic surgery procedures, with 8.4 million performed in 2005.

“For facial rejuvenation especially, we have seen a shift from surgical treatments to a more subtle approach,” says ASPS President Bruce Cunningham, MD. “As patients choose to address signs of aging with less invasive procedures, plastic surgeons also have more tools at their disposal to care for these patients. For instance, plastic surgeons may use more than one type of product or procedure to treat different areas of a patient’s face.”

Since 2000, the number of total surgical aesthetic procedures has decreased by 5%. Plastic surgeons have performed 19% fewer facelifts and 54% fewer forehead lifts; however, the use of botulinum toxin Type A injections has increased 388% and laser skin resurfacing has been done 59% more often. In addition, collagen and fat injections have decreased by 58% and 13% respectively since 2004, but becoming increasingly popular are hyaluronic acid, polylactic acid, and calcium hydroxylapatite fillers injections.