*originally posted in Long Island Press

There’s no doubt that plastic surgery gets a lot of press coverage. In fact, outside of Tom Cruise jumping on Oprah’s couch and Jennifer and Brad’s divorce, stories about plastic surgery lead the headlines last year. Today, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) present the Top Plastic Surgery Hot Topics.

Only the Rich and Famous; Think Again.

A groundbreaking study reports 71 percent of people considering plastic surgery had annual incomes of less than $60,000. 13 percent report an annual household income of over $90,000.

No Endorsement for Mesotherapy

A recent study shows there is no evidence to prove the safety and long-term efficacy of mesotherapy. None of the substances to inject patients are approved by the FDA. Additionally, there is no standardization of technique.

Injectables Fill The Market

Cosmetic patients have more minimally invasive options today with the advent of injectable wrinkle fillers and laser technologies. The latest ASPS procedural statistics report minimally invasive procedures rose 36 percent.

Diversity Among Plastic Surgery Patients

More than 1.3 million cosmetic plastic surgery procedures were done on ethnic patients in 2004. This was an increase of 44 percent since 2000. Fourteen percent of cosmetic plastic surgery patients were Asian, Black or Hispanic. These patients have similar motivations as other patients. They often prefer to maintain their ethnic identity while achieving a more youthful appearance.

No New Taxes

In a subtle but important victory for the average American, lawmakers in several states elected not to impose a tax on cosmetic procedures. Legislation was considered in Illinois, Washington, New York, Tennessee, Texas and Arkansas when budgets came up short.

Silicone Breast Implants

After 13 years of restriction, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) deemed silicone implants from manufacturers—Inamed and Mentor—approvable with conditions. There is no set date, however, for the return of implants to the market.

Manufacturers Invest In The Future

Looking to boost their position in the fast-growing cosmetic plastic surgery market, several large plastic surgery product companies have begun efforts to acquire other manufacturers. Focused around breast implants and injectable wrinkle fighters, these companies hope to capitalize on the highly demanding baby boomers.

Innovations Leading The Way

This is an exciting time in plastic surgery. Innovations in technology and techniques lead the way. Today, a more diverse range of patients seek procedures. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons is the largest organization of board-certified plastic surgeons in the world. The society is a great source for individuals considering cosmetic surgery. You can look up The American Society of Plastic Surgeons at www.plasticsurgery.org.