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Plunging Detroit auto industry taking plastic surgery market along for the ride

Detroit — The auto industry isn’t the only one experiencing a significant downturn in the Motor City.

According to a recent Detroit Free Press article, plastic surgeons in the area are seeing a huge worst downturn in cosmetic procedures — while numbers of procedures virtually everywhere else in the country are soaring.

The Free Press reports that with layoffs, slowed home sales and dwindling profit-sharing income, local demand for cosmetic procedures has plummeted, especially for breast augmentation and tummy tucks.

The article quotes area plastic surgeon Michael Gellis, M.D., as saying, “If you don’t have the money, you don’t spend the money on [cosmetic procedures]. It’s been a two-year downhill run.”

Dr. Gellis says his business has declined 40 percent — a similar downturn experienced by about a dozen other plastic surgeons interviewed for the Free Press story.

Dr. Mune Gowda, chief of plastic surgery at St. John/Providence Hospital & Medical Center in Southfield, Mich., is quoted in the article as saying that requests for breast enhancement are down by 50 percent, from the 100 he performed two years ago to the 50 he did last year.

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