Beauty on a budget

January 27, 2009 7:14:53 AM PST
Trying to keep up appearances while saving money can be tricky. But women are finding ways to still get procedures done, without breaking the bank.And they're not giving up on the smaller proceedures. In fact, one doctor said that a patient of hers decided to forgo the new boots, in favor of injections. Women have their priorities, and they're apparent in tough economic times.

Injections and fillers can make a difference when it comes to those age lines. But the price can add up, and that's where Dr. David Colbert says less is more.

"We developed something we call mini fillers," he said.

So that means the same products are used, but just less of them.

The result may be even more desirable, offering a more natural look. But the best part is the price.

"They don't use as many units of Botox, so they pay less," Dr. Colbert said.

And there are reports that plastic surgery is down, as much as 60 percent, according to one study, and that less invasive work is in demand.

"I have more people coming in for these smaller procedures than I have in the past," Dr. Cheryl Karcher said.

Dr. Karcher was initially shocked by the increase in the number of patients she's seen in the last several months. But she's found there are a couple of motivating factors. In many cases, her patients are looking for work, and something as simple as a chemical peel helps them feel more confident.

"It's a very competitive work force, and people are looking for any advantage," she said.

So for some, spending $500 on Botox or fillers for a smoother face is a worthwhile investment when it comes to the job search. The other big factor, according to Dr. Karcher, is simply peace of mind. And people often find that when they like how they look.

"People feel better, and in this economy, to feel better really means something," she said.

And one other phenomenon, some patients are still opting for Botox and fillers, but they're trying to stretch out the time between visits. Botox, for example is usually given every five months. Now, some are waiting seven months in between injections. It is just another way they're trying to save money.

For more on Dr. Colbert, visit nydg.com or NYDermatologyGroup.com. His office is located at 119 Fifth Avenue, and the phone number is 212-533-8888.

For more on Dr. Karcher, visit SadickDermatology.com. Her office is located at 911 Park Avenue, and the phone number is 212-772-7242

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