January 20, 2009

Botox, Cosmetic Procedures Increased For Inauguration Festivities

Do you have an inauguration party to attend on this historic day? Look your best! Try a facial, massage, a nap, or a nice shot of Botox.

Cosmetic dermatologists and skin experts in our nation's capitol and other cities note that even faced with a poor economic situation, requests for Botox and microdermabrasion have increased as people prepare for inaugural parties.

"We have been absolutely swamped since the election with people desiring rejuvenation procedures for the upcoming inauguration," cosmetic dermatologist Tina Alster told USA Today.

"My normal load for cosmetic procedures has doubled, except for hyaluronic acid fillers "” Perlane and Restylane "” which have almost tripled," added cosmetic and laser surgeon Hema Sundaram, located in Washington, D.C.

Although a 2008 survey released by The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery exposed that 96% of cosmetic surgeons are worried about the economic situation and 79% are hurting, patients like interior designer Jan Lynch, 59, says that a little depression can't stop her from looking her best on January 20th.

"My motivation is to look the very best I can for such a historical event. I've flown in to D.C. from California for this," says Lynch.

Sundaram has male patients, but the majority of her patients are ladies over 35, such as socialites, politicians, and others present at inaugural events.

Journalists, politicians, lobbyists and lawyers all pay for the quick beauty procedures. "They have all come in at once," she added.

Washington, D.C. is not the only hot spot for inauguration beauty procedures.

Cosmetic dermatologist Jeffrey Dover, of Chestnut Hill, Mass., notes that patients are "queuing up" at his office for parties. "They're asking for no-downtime procedures to look their best for the festivities."

Leslie Baumann, head of the Cosmetic Medicine and Research Institute at the University of Miami, told U.S.A. Today that, "We were swamped this week. Some were going to the inauguration in D.C. But I saw many going to inauguration parties in Miami."

New York City cosmetic dermatologist Cheryl Karcher has seen a large increase in inauguration-related procedures at her office recently. Karcher recently worked on several ladies planning to travel together to Washington, D.C. "That was fun. They all got peels, Botox, fillers."


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