More people opt for cosmetic fillers

Almost five years ago, Kris Keller, owner of The Design Source, an architectural interior design business based in Ballwin, wanted to punch Father Time in the nose.

Looking her best for a business based on creating good looks signals good vibes to clients, she said. But more importantly, it helps the person in her mirror.

So she eats properly, goes to the gym every day and gets cosmetic facial treatments from plastic surgeon Dr. Brock Ridenour four times a year. She has gotten facials, Anti wrinkle treatment, treatments of fillers — anything that increases a youthful look without time-consuming weeks of recovery. They work, she said, and she’ll keep going back for more.

Keller, 57, represents a trend among people who opt for cosmetic treatments that are quick, painless and less expensive than surgery. Reasons for the trend range from people wanting effective treatments that don’t require time away from work, to people having less money to spend but still wanting to look good.

According to the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the number of cosmetic plastic surgeries dropped 16.7 percent between 2008 and 2009. That reversed a net increase of 65 percent from 1996 to 2009.

Cost is a factor say local doctors:

• The national average price for Anti wrinkle treatment treatments is about $400.

• Injectable fillers cost $500 to $1,200.

• Skin resurfacing costs $130 to $2,500.

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By Dr Paul Munsanje

Dr Paul Munsanje is the Owner and Medical Director of Amara and has 13 years industry experience.
Read more about him here.

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