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Breast implant procedures surge

Article-Breast implant procedures surge

Arlington Heights, Ill. — Breast implant surgeries have surged 40 percent in the past decade, with nearly 300,000 performed in 2010, while the numbers of rhinoplasty, liposuction and lip augmentation procedures are all on the decline, the online New York Times reports.

In 2010, 296,203 breast implants were performed, a 2 percent increase over 2009’s total and a whopping 39 percent jump over 2000’s, according to new data released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). Breastlifts, at nearly 90,000 last year, are up 9 percent since 2009 — and 70 percent since 2000.

Nearly 83,000 breast-reduction surgeries were performed last year, an increase of 6 percent over the previous year, but 2 percent lower than 2000’s total. Additionally, about 21,700 operations were performed to remove breast implants, 9 percent more than in 2009 but 47 percent lower than in 2000.

Doctors performed a total of 13.1 million cosmetic procedures in 2010, an increase of 5 percent compared with 2009. Of that total, 11.6 million procedures were noninvasive.

Several surgical procedures have declined in number over the past decade, including liposuction, down 43 percent; nose jobs, down 35 percent; eyelid surgery, down 36 percent; and facelifts, down 16 percent.

The ASPS notes that noninvasive treatments have replaced many surgical procedures. Some of the most popular noninvasive procedures done last year, compared with the number done in 2000, include Botox (onabotulinumtoxinA, Allergan) injections, up 584 percent; fillers, up 172 percent; and laser hair removal, up 27 percent.

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