Fred BodimerBy Fred Bodimer

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Cosmetic procedures are seeing a big increase across the area, according to a local specialist.

Nationwide, non-surgical procedures increased last year by 13 percent, with 9.5 million performed in America. Botox injections led the way, up 15 percent from the year before. Part of that reason is that they’re relatively inexpensive.

“It can be done with minimal downtime,” says Washington University’s Dr. Terry MycKatyn, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon at Barnes Jewish Hospital. “People can stop by the office, get Botox, and go back to work.”

He says that after Botox, laser hair removal is extremely popular.

Wrinkle fillers and procedures to reduce the signs of aging caused by sun exposure come in at number three.

“They fill a crease,” MycKatyn says. “So, if somebody is hollow in an area, they can fill in that hollowing so as we lose volume in our faces, lips, or around the eyes, this can be used to give volume.”

While cosmetic procedures increased 12 percent in 2013, MycKatyn says more invasive cosmetic surgeries had small to flat growth.

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