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Procedures up as economy recovers

Article-Procedures up as economy recovers

Arlington Heights, Ill. — Interest in plastic surgery is rebounding as the economy recovers, according to new statistics, HealthDay News reports.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) reports that more than 13.1 million cosmetic procedures were performed in the United States in 2010 — a 5 percent increase over 2009. These included nearly 1.6 million surgical and 11.6 million 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 tucks (116,000). Also, the number of facelifts performed last year (113,000) represents a 9 percent increase over 2009’s total.

In a press release, ASPS President Phillip Haeck, M.D., stated, “There’s some pent-up demand for cosmetic surgical procedures. 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 over 2009. Also, 5.3 million reconstructive plastic surgery procedures were performed in 2010 — a 2 percent increase over 2009.

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