According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the number of women seeking a surgical aesthetic solution has decreased dramatically—by 19% over the last 5 years. The number of brow lifts (minilifts) has dropped by 54%.

“I am definitely doing fewer traditional facelifts now than in the past,” says Darrick Antell, MD, a New York plastic surgeon and spokesman for the ASPS.

The ASPS reports that in contrast, noninvasive antiaging treatments, filler injections, and chemical peels have increased by 53% since 2000.

According to Joseph McCarthy, director of the Institute for Reconstructive Plastic Surgery at New York University Medical Center in New York City, many of these noninvasive procedures can turn back the hands of time only so far. As Baby Boomers hit their 60s and 70s, they will probably return to the scalpel.

“The procedures and treatments that are available now can help put off the need for a facelift,” says McCarthy, “but there are consequences of aging that can only be handled by surgery, so eventually, maintaining the look of youth is going to require that facelift. McCarthy says three magic words will do the trick—nip and tuck.

[www.nydailynews.com, May 22, 2006]