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Significant changes in plastic surgery expected in 2008
Date:12/18/2007

Boston, MA--Disappointed with results from the last few years much ballyhooed lunch hour and weekend cosmetic surgery procedures, people interested in facial rejuvenation are expected to pursue more reliably effective approaches in 2008.

According to Jeffrey Spiegel, MD, chief of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery at Boston University School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center, people are frustrated and disappointed with the expensive, minimally effective procedures touted as rapid solutions. Several significant changes in plastic surgery are expected in the coming year.

People are going to expect better and more predictable results. With the economy slowing somewhat, the desire to look your best will remain, but people will expect to get what they paid for and be less tolerant of only minor improvement with a big cost, stated Spiegel.

Spiegel predicts the following specific trends in 2008:

  • A return to more traditional procedures with a decline in shortcuts. The time invested pays off in the long run and the safety of established procedures is so high that people dont have the same concerns they may have had in the past. Weve really gotten people to heal nearly as quickly from the traditional procedures as they do from the much less effective interventions that are so widely publicized.

  • New fillers last longer without the need for skin testing. Many new types of filler have been recently released to treat the fine facial lines and wrinkles for which Botox is not appropriate. Some of these may last a year or longer. This is one area where you truly can expect good results with just a very short (few hours) recovery, states Spiegel.

  • Laser technologies continue to progress but the greatest innovation is a new way to deliver energy beneath the skin. Smartlipo is an example of a technology where laser can be used to rapidly and safely melt fat beneath the skin with only a very
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Contact: Gina DiGravio
gina.digravio@bmc.org
617-638-8491
Boston University
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