May 15, 2012 – Yesterday we talked about how the number of surgical cosmetic procedures has risen over the past year and even decade. But the number of men and women having minimally invasive cosmetic surgery procedures is also climbing, and many plastic surgeons believe these “gateway” procedures are opening the door for other more invasive procedures.

The number of people who had Botox injections increased 5% from 2010 to 2011 and a 621% increased from 2000. There were 5,670,788 Botox and Dysport injections in 2011, which is up from the 5,379,360 in 2010.

The number of men and women opting for Laser hair removal also increased by 15% from 2010 to 2011 and 47% from 2000 to 2011. There were 1,078,612 laser hair removal procedures last year.

Laser procedures are hot, so to speak, and laser skin resurfacing increased 9% from 2010 to 2011 with 466,235 procedures last year. Laser skin resurfacing had a big 173% jump from 2000 to 2011.

Microdermabrasion increased 9% from 2010 to 2011 with 900,439 procedures last year. Soft tissue fillers were up 7% from 2010 to 2011 and 190% from 2000 to 2011. There were 1,891,158 soft tissue fillers injected last year compared to 625,885 in 2000.

Hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers like Restylane and Juvederm were up 9% from 2010 to 2011 with 1,303,656 injection sessions last year.

As more minimally invasive cosmetic procedures become available, more men and women will likely prefer them because of less downtime and lower cost than surgical procedures.

[tags]Botox, Laser Hair Removal, Cosmetic Surgery[/tags]