As Economy Picks Up, So Do Number of Nips &
MONDAY, Feb. 7 (HealthDay News) -- The number of Americans
having plastic surgery is bouncing back along with the economy,
statistics released Monday suggest.
Last year, there were over 13.1 million cosmetic procedures
performed in the country, up five percent from 2009, the American
Society of Plastic Surgeons reports. These included nearly 1.6
million cosmetic surgical procedures and 11.6 cosmetic
minimally-invasive procedures. The top five cosmetic surgical
procedures were: breast augmentations (296,000); nose reshaping
(252,000); eyelid surgery (209,000); liposuction (203,000); and
tummy tuck (116,000).
There were nearly 113,000 facelifts performed last year, a nine
percent increase over 2009, said the ASPS.
"There's some pent-up demand for cosmetic surgical procedures," ASPS president Dr. Phillip Haeck said in a society news release. "People have waited a couple of years or more to have procedures, until their finances were at least somewhat back in order. But, all indications are, more consumers are again willing to spend more to look better."
All surgical body contouring procedures increased in 2010,
including: breast lifts (90,000 procedures, up 3 percent); lower
body lifts (10,000 procedures, up 9 percent); upper arm lifts
(15,000 procedures, up 5 percent); and thigh lifts (9,000
procedures, up 8 percent). A large number of these procedures are
being requested by patients following massive weight loss, often
tied to bariatric surgeries.
The top five cosmetic minimally-invasive procedures were: Botox
injections (5.4 million); soft tissue fillers (1.8 million);
chemical peel (1.1 million); laser hair removal (938,000); and
There were also 5.3 million reconstructive plastic surgery
procedures performed in 2010, a two percent increase from the
previous year. The top five types of reconstructive plastic surgery
were: tumor removal (4 million); laceration repair (357,000); scar
revision (161,000); hand surgery (106,000); and breast
reconstruction (93,000). The number of breast reconstruction
procedures increased eight percent from 2009 to 2010.
There's a guide to safe plastic surgery at the
American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
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