The Role of Injectables in Aesthetic Surgery: Financial Implications.

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Bryson G Richards, MD William F Schleicher, MD Gehaan F D’Souza, MD Raymond Isakov, MD James E Zins, MD, FACS

Aesthetic Surgery Journal, Volume 37, Issue 9, 1 October 2017, Pages 1039–1043

Published: 21 August 2017


The plastic surgeon competes with both core and noncore physicians and surgeons for traditional cosmetic procedures. In 2007, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) joined efforts to form a Cosmetic Medicine Task Force to further analyze this trend.


Our objective is to document and quantify the patient capture and total collections generated in a single surgeon’s practice exclusive from Botulinum Toxin A and filler injections over a 10-year period. We subsequently identified the effect and importance that fillers and Botulinum Toxin A have on an active cosmetic practice.


A retrospective chart review of all male and female patients who received Botulinum Toxin A or soft tissue filler injections (noninvasive aesthetic treatment) in a single surgeons practice from January 2004 to December 2013 was undertaken. Only those patients new to the practice and who were exclusively seeking out Botulinum Toxin A or fillers were included in the study. Chart review then identified which of these selected patients ultimately underwent invasive aesthetic surgery during this 10-year period. Noninvasive and invasive aesthetic surgery total collections were calculated using billing records.


From January 2004 to December 2013, 375 patients entered the senior surgeon’s practice specifically requesting and receiving noninvasive aesthetic treatments. Of these 375 patients, 59 patients (15.7%) subsequently underwent an aesthetic surgery procedure at an average of 19 months following initial noninvasive aesthetic treatment. Of these 375 patients, 369 were female and 6 were male. The most common initial invasive aesthetic procedure performed after injectable treatment included 22 facelifts (18.5%), 21 upper eyelid blepharoplasties (17.6%), and 15 endoscopic brow lifts (12.6%). Total collections from noninvasive aesthetic sessions and invasive surgery combined represented US$762,470 over this 10-year span. This represented US$524,771 and US$396,166 in total collections for injectables and surgery respectively.


Noninvasive aesthetic surgery is a critical part of a plastic surgery practice. A measurable and significant number of patients who sought out a single plastic surgeon exclusively for noninvasive treatment ultimately underwent traditional invasive cosmetic surgical procedures.