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Facial Cosmetic Surgery on the Rise

According to a recent survey conducted by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, there were 46% more facelifts performed in 2003 than in the year previous. Women between the ages of 40 and 59 compose the majority of patients receiving the procedure.

"Such a significant increase in facial cosmetic surgery may be attributed to the growing comfort level the public has with cosmetic surgery," stated Facial Cosmetic Surgeon, Dr. David Mabrie of Mabrie Facial Cosmetic Surgery in the San Francisco Bay Area (

"Shows such as Dr. 90210, The Swan, and Extreme Makeover educate the public on procedures and patients see that cosmetic surgery isn't just for the rich and famous."

Dr. Mabrie has also seen in increasing interest in noninvasive procedures as well. Products such as BOTOX and wrinkle-fillers (Restylane and Radiesse) offer patients a quick, dramatic difference in their appearance in just one single visit. "Often, patients come in to see me for a noninvasive treatment during lunch and return to work. BOTOX® Cosmetic and Restylane provide patients a refreshed and vibrant look with little to no downtime. While noninvasive treatments can work wonders to refine appearance, the affects are temporary and must be maintained every 4 to 6 months. Both men and woman are turning to surgery for long lasting results.

While men represent only 13 percent of the total plastic surgeries performed in the nation, it's a growing market.

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, last year nearly 1.1 million U.S. males had cosmetic surgery, an increase of 31 percent from 2002.

The most common cosmetic surgery for men is liposuction, followed by rhinoplasty (nose job), eyelid surgery, breast reduction and hair transplantation. Dr. Mabrie attributes the increase in male patients to the better success rate of the surgeries and the decreasing days needed to recover.

"Men want to feel good about how they look," said Dr. Mabrie. "Their reasons for cosmetic surgery most often relate to obtaining a professional edge, looking more youthful, or simply just changing or enhancing a feature that has bothered them for years."

So how do you know if it's right for you? "Set up a consultation with a cosmetic surgeon. There are a variety of resources available to find a qualified surgeon in your area, the Internet is a great resource" says Dr. Mabrie. "Whether you are looking for a facelift or BOTOX, find a surgeon that specializes in facial cosmetic surgery. If you are interested in breast augmentation or body liposuction, find a surgeon that specializes in body work."

Dr. Mabrie further states, "Find a surgeon that you feel comfortable speaking with. Your consultation shouldn't feel rushed or hurried. It may be helpful to bring along a written list of concerns and questions."

Dr. David C. Mabrie is a board-certified head & neck surgeon specializing in plastic surgery of the nose, face, and neck. He is continuing a family tradition, following in the footsteps of his father, a well-respected head & neck surgeon practicing in Houston, Texas. After graduating from medical school at the University of California at San Francisco with honors, Dr. Mabrie completed a residency in head & neck surgery at the prestigious Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Mabrie Facial Cosmetic: David C. Mabrie, MD
166 Geary Street
13th Floor

San Francisco, CA 94108
Phone: (415) 445-9513
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