Monthly Archives: May 2010

Motivating Factors for Plastic Surgery: Some Complex and Some Simple

The latest issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery includes a study about lifestyle factors that are correlated with interest in specific cosmetic procedures.

The authors of the study claim there are physical, social and psychological factors that can predict interest in procedures such as:

1862 participants responded to a survey.  The respondents who were interested in rhinoplasty, breast augmentation, and liposuction were motivated by “complex psychological factors.”   Doctors noted lifestyle factors such as divorce, history of teasing, education, self-image, body dysmorphic disorder, and the so-called Big-Five personality traits. Continue reading

Minimally Invasive Procedures Drive Earnings at Allergan

If pharmaceutical company Allergan Inc serves as an accurate meter of the economic demand for cosmetic surgery, then perhaps things are looking up.  First quarter earnings for the company (maker of Botox, Juvederm and Latisse) are way up. Second quarter forecasts, according to the Wall Street Journal, are ahead of expectations.

Success for the company shouldn’t be surprising, especially given the stats just released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.  According to the society, minimally invasive procedures have increased a whopping 99 percent this decade.  Topping the procedure list are wrinkle filler and botulinum toxin injections, two treatments in which plastic surgeons will likely utilize an Allergan product. Continue reading