Recession? Not for Botox Docs

For some, it's the cheaper alternative
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Dec 23, 2008 2:14 PM CST
Leila Rosalia receives lip-filling injections in Rio de Janeiro last month.   (AP Photo/Ricardo Moraes)
camera-icon View 2 more images

(Newser) – Botox, apparently the poor man's plastic surgery, has not taken a hit in this recession, according to a recent survey. In fact, some doctors say demand for the pay-as-you-go treatment has increased as patients put off pricier surgeries, the Wall Street Journal reports. A lip plump or wrinkle-smoothing costs a few hundred to a few thousand dollars per visit, chump change compared with a $15,000 facelift.

Many clients see dermal-fillers as a career investment—much like salon hair dyeing, which can cost just as much. But Botox-maker Allergen says it is bracing for "subdued demand," and some retailers have been luring customers with discounts and rebates. As the recession continues, they fear that strapped patients will stretch the time between treatments or skip them altogether.