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Face-lifts are back

April 10, 2008 |  2:39 pm

health news: face-lifts are gaining popularity Botox and fillers to erase wrinkles and plump up facial features have been the rage for almost 10 years in the world of plastic surgery. A few hundred dollars and a needle stick get you a quickie rejuvenation at low risk. But--surprise--face-lifts are back.

According to new statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, face-lifts were up 14% for patients age 40 and older in 2007. Face-lifts had been on the decline since 2000.

"With the advent of injectables like Botox and fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm, many baby boomers thought they would substitute for a face-lift," says ASPS President Richard D'Amico. "However, our latest statistics show patients now know they get the best results when surgery and injectables are used together."

Injectables are likely to remain consumers' first choice, however. The ASPS reported 3.6 million Botox procedures and more than 1 million filler procedures last year compared with 116,200 face-lifts. And face-lifts still hit the wallet pretty hard. The average national cost for the surgery is more than $5,000.

- Shari Roan

Photo: Carlos Chavez / Los Angeles Times