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ASAPS: Teen procedures decline

Article-ASAPS: Teen procedures decline

New York — Fewer teens are undergoing aesthetic cosmetic surgery procedures, while nonsurgical procedures are the most popular, Medical News Today reports.

According to statistics compiled by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), 298,704 such procedures were performed on patients age 18 or younger in 2001. By 2005, that number had dropped to 174,851. There was a bounce-back in 2009, to 203,308 procedures, but it was short-lived, as 2010 saw a decrease to 125,397. An

ASAPS statement noted those statistics belie media “trend” reports of significant increases in the number of teen cosmetic surgery procedures.

According to ASAPS, the following are among the most common surgical procedures performed on teens: otoplasty, rhinoplasty, breast reduction, correction of breast asymmetry and treatment of gynecomastia. Nonsurgical procedures including laser hair removal and chemical peels were the most popular in 2010.

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