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Pandemic leads to changes in aesthetic procedures


Botulinum toxin injection (photo by cottonbro from Pexels)

According to the annual global survey conducted by ISAPS (International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery) released late last year, non-surgical procedures (primarily fillers and hair removal treatments) continued to increase in 2020.


However, this increase was by lower proportions than seen in previous years (5.7% in 2020, compared to 7.6% in 2019).


The top five non-surgical procedures in 2020 were: botulinum toxin (43.2% of all non-surgical procedures), hyaluronic acid (28.1%), hair removal (12.8%), non-surgical fat reduction (3.9%) and photo rejuvenation (3.6%). Around 85% of non-surgical procedures were performed on women.


In terms of age groups, the 35-50-year-olds accounted for the majority of botulinum toxin procedures (50.2%).


The ISAPS survey noted that some practitioners experienced an increased demand for treatments due to the so-called ‘zoom effect’ and the opportunity for a more private recovery, particularly for facial procedures. (Source: ISAPS)

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