May 23, 2012
Innovative Anti Aging Procedures Demonstrated in NYC
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The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Leadership Demonstrates Popular Anti-Aging Procedures in New York City
Facial Chemical Peel, Tear Trough Filler and Earlobe Rejuvenation Among Procedures
Alexandria, VA, March 29, 2012 –The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) hosted members of the media in New York City for a live demonstration of three popular non-surgical procedures.
Facial plastic surgery experts Tom D. Wang, M.D., President of the AAFPRS, Edwin F. Williams, M.D., Vice President of Public and Regulatory Affairs for the AAFPRS, and past AAFPRS President, Steven Pearlman, M.D., demonstrated experimental uses for injectable fillers for tear troughs and earlobes, as well as conducting a chemical peel/resurfacing procedure. Injectable fillers are currently used to rejuvenate the face, by plumping up the skin, erasing wrinkles and re-contouring the face.
“Every FDA approved product, including fillers, has an indication supported by data generated from clinical trials,” says Dr. Wang. “However, research is underway for other potential uses for these fillers where patients can experience additional benefits. It takes skilled doctors who are trained in facial plastic surgery to understand what patients can benefit from these products and procedures.”
According to results from a survey of Academy members, non-surgical procedures such as injectable fillers and chemical peels topped the list of the most requested procedures in 2011. Sixty-three percent of all procedures performed were cosmetic versus reconstructive procedures, and for the third consecutive year, women continued to outrank men for all procedures except for hair transplants.
The most common non-surgical procedures last year were Botox (a type of neuromodulator) and hyaluronic acid injections, while the number of poly-l-lactic acid injections and fat injections increased slightly.
“We’re seeing more patients request non-surgical procedures such as facial fillers or neurotoxin injections because the procedures are cost-effective, virtually painless and the results are immediate,” Wang said. “The minimal recovery time is also optimal for patients on the go.”
The two-hour media event was held at Dr. Pearlman’s office on Park Avenue, and drew interest from members of the media. Media who attended the event witnessed the physicians perform the procedures on three female patients. Following the demonstration, the physicians held a Q&A with reporters on the demonstration and rise in non-invasive procedures in the past few years.
Find the Right Surgeon
The AAFPRS reminds patients and professionals that when considering a facial procedure to first seek surgeons who are qualified, trained and experienced in performing those procedures and ensure that patients trust their face to a facial plastic surgeon. The AAFPRS web site offers a searchable member directory, which can help you find an AAFPRS facial plastic surgeon near you. For more information, visit www.facemd.org.
About the AAFPRS
The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is the world's largest specialty association for facial plastic surgery. It represents more than 2,700 facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons throughout the world. The AAFPRS is a National Medical Specialty Society of the American Medical Association (AMA), and holds an official seat in both the AMA House of Delegates and the American College of Surgeons board of governors. AAFPRS members are board certified surgeons whose focus is surgery of the face, head, and neck. AAFPRS members subscribe to a code of ethics. In addition, the AAFPRS provides consumers with free information and brochures and a list of qualified facial plastic surgeons in any area by visiting the AAFPRS web site, www.facemd.org.