Millennials' Medspa Influence

Wednesday, June 25, 2008 General News
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CHICAGO, June 24 The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgeryhas released its results from a consumer survey asking 1,000 women theiropinions on medical spas. Findings revealed that millennials, those bornbetween 1976 and 2001, are the primary customers of these facilities. Yethalf of those women are compromising their safety by visiting a non-physiciansupervised medspa facility.

Women ages 18-34 were more than three times as likely as women ages 35-64to have had a non-invasive cosmetic procedure such as Botox performed at amedspa. On the flip side, from 2002 to 2007, the mean age of patients seekingthe top ten most performed invasive procedures has increased by two years,making the baby boomers the driving force of liposuction and face lifts."What is going on here is that the younger the patient, the more likely theyare to visit a medspa in order to receive a non-invasive procedure likeBotox," said AACS President Steven Hopping, MD, FACS.

Moreover, the survey confirms that the younger patients are more lax whenit comes to safety at a medspa. Two-thirds of the women surveyed indicatedthat they would hope to be treated by a physician when visiting a medspa.However, among women who had an opinion, more than half (52.3%) indicated theywould be comfortable if the physician were not present during a non-invasivecosmetic procedure performed at a medspa.

"This consumer survey is a chance to once again emphasize the importanceof patient safety, and to educate the public on these facilities," said Dr.Hopping. "There are good and bad medspas out there and we want the public tobe aware, ask questions and always make sure there is a qualified physiciandoing the procedure. If not, don't have it done."

The survey results, doctor interviews and patient stories about medspaexperiences are available by contacting the Academy. Information on choosing acosmetic surgeon and questions to ask before having cosmetic surgery can befound on the AACS Web site, at http://www.cosmeticsurgery.org.

The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery is a professional medical societywhose members are dedicated to patient safety and physician education incosmetic surgery. Most members of the AACS are dermatologic surgeons, facialplastic surgeons, head and neck surgeons, general surgeons, oral andmaxillofacial surgeons, plastic surgeons, or ocular plastic surgeons -- all ofwhom specialize in cosmetic surgery. AACS is an organization that representsall cosmetic surgeons in the American Medical Association through its seat inthe AMA House of Delegates.

SOURCE American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery


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