According to statistics by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), facelifts are one of the top 5 most performed cosmetic surgery procedures. This is despite the fact that facelifts have been in decline for years and are now much less popular than they were when the ASPS began tracking statistics in 2000.
There are many reasons for the decline, some of them related to the procedure itself and some related to the rise of nonsurgical facelift options.
You Have to Run Fast to Stay in Place
If you look at the ASPS statistics, it might look like facelifts are just as popular as ever, since they are shown as having a 0% change since 2000. But that 0% change conceals a significant decline in popularity.
In 2000, there were 282 million Americans. Today there are 319 million. This means that the 133,000 facelifts in 2000 represented one facelift per 2100 people. In 2013, that figure had dropped to about one facelift per 2400 people, a decline of nearly 15%.
Surgical Procedures Are in Decline
Facelifts aren’t the only surgical procedure that is declining in popularity. In fact, nearly every cosmetic surgery procedure has shown significant decline since 2000, including liposuction, eyelid surgery, and nose jobs. In fact, breast augmentation is the only major procedure that has increased in popularity since 2000.
Part of the reason why surgical procedures are in decline is that they have major drawbacks. Surgery is accompanied by serious risks, including the guarantee that surgery will always result in scars. Surgery also takes time that you have to be away from work and your social life. And the permanent results may not be what you had in mind.
Nonsurgical Options Are on the Rise
In contrast to the decline of surgical procedures, non-surgical procedures have grown dramatically in popularity. That’s because procedures like BOTOX ® Cosmetic and Juvéderm can do many things that people used to rely on a facelift for.
And that includes a nonsurgical facelift using dental procedures. This procedure can get rid of or reduce problem areas like jowls, turkey neck, and deep folding around the mouth.