||Plastic Surgery Numbers Rise with the Economy
Plastic surgery numbers may not be perfect economic indicators -- but they are going in the same upward direction as the stock market and employment rate, after falling during the recession.
And Joan Rivers -- who last week had to dispute reports that she had undergone 739 such surgeries -- isn't the only person driving the trend.
Americans got about 1.6 million cosmetic surgeries in 2011, the second year of increase after a big drop in 2009, according to an annual report from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
"Consumer confidence was up, auto sales rose 10 percent, so it is not surprising that we would also see increased demand for plastic surgery procedures," the group's president, Malcolm Z. Roth, said in a statement.
Still, Americans got fewer nose jobs, facelifts and other big-ticket surgeries than in 2005, when they peaked at 2.1 million.
People are going to the same doctors, though, for Botox injections, facial fillers and other forms of non-surgical primping: There were 12.2 million of those procedures in 2011. Plastic surgeons who watched Madonna's performance at the Super Bowl said it looked like she had achieved great results with just such techniques -- after looking a little overdone in the past. (For the record: Madonna has not admitted to having any work done.)
These were the most popular surgeries in 2011:
And these were the most popular non-surgical procedures:
- Breast augmentation (307,000)
- Nose reshaping (244,000)
- Liposuction (205,000)
- Eyelid surgery (196,000)
- Facelift (119,000)
Meanwhile, the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery says more people are getting information about plastic surgery from Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites. A better bet: the federal Office of Women's Health, which has tips on how to stay safe, how to check out a doctor's credentials -- and why some people should not get plastic surgery at all.
- Botox (and similar) injections (5.7 million)
- Soft tissue fillers (1.9 million)
- Chemical peels (1.1 million)
- Laser hair removal (1.1 million)
- Microdermabrasion (900,000)
(Source: USA Today, 02/10/12)
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