Serving patients from Saratoga, Glens Falls and Lake George with BOTOX® Cosmetic and related treatments, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Juan Garcia explains the recent rise in non-surgical skin care at his practice.
For the last several years, BOTOX® Cosmetic has become increasingly popular. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Juan Garcia attributes that popularity to increased awareness of the benefits and value of such non-surgical treatments.
“I’ve always been a proponent of minimally invasive techniques, so it has been easy for me to understand the popularity of treatments like BOTOX,” says Dr. Garcia. “Recently, I’ve seen these already in-demand non-surgical procedures requested even more at my practice. I was interested in understanding the factors behind this growth and took a look at 2010 plastic surgery statistics to learn more.”
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) tracks yearly statistics about plastic surgery. Although 2010 was a tough year for the economy, the ASPS reports that the total number of cosmetic procedures was increased from the 2009 figure, with minimally-invasive procedures up 5%. BOTOX remained at the top of this list (as it has for many years), and was up 12% from 2009. Soft tissue fillers, IPL treatments, and laser hair removal also became more popular in 2010.
“When I look at these 2010 statistics, I see them reflected in my own practice near Saratoga Springs. BOTOX, fillers, and laser procedures provide a valuable combination of effectiveness with minimal downtime, discomfort, and expense,” says Dr. Garcia. “These medical spa procedures can be used to achieve a variety of goals – reduction of lines and wrinkles, skin rejuvenation, hair removal, vein treatment, and much more. For my smart, savvy, and on-the-go patients it’s no surprise these procedures are so popular.”
Although Dr. Garcia emphasizes the benefits of medical spa procedures, he’s careful to clarify that they cannot do what surgery can do. He points out that the main drawback of non-surgical procedures is that the results achieved are not as dramatic as the results that can be achieved through surgery. In addition, medical spa procedures often provide only temporary results. Patients usually need to return for a series of treatments and for maintenance procedures.
Dr. Garcia also notes that the safety and efficacy of medical spa procedures are only ensured if people select a qualified provider. The patients who choose his practice do so because they know he has the requisite training and experience.
“I have the utmost respect for the people who visit me for plastic surgery,” Dr. Garcia says. “I give them the facts they need about their options, answer their questions thoroughly, and trust them to select the procedure that makes the most sense for their goals. More and more, they are selecting non-surgical procedures. I expect this trend to continue and look forward to expanding my menu of medical spa services.”
To learn more about medical spa services from Dr. Juan Garcia, request a consultation online or call us at (518) 793-0475.