Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Increasingly Popular, Affordable

The number of cosmetic plastic surgeries in the US was up in 2010, according to statistics recently published by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

The report indicates that they were 13.1 million cosmetic plastic surgeries last year, up 5% from 2009.

The most 5 most popular cosmetic plastic surgeries, in order, were breast augmentation (296,203), nose reshaping (252,261), eyelid surgery (208,764), liposuction (203,106), and the tummy tuck (116,352).

The report included minimally invasive procedures, and reported that the top five in this category were Botulinum Toxin Type A (Botox, Dysport) (5,379,360), Soft Tissue Fillers (1,773,328), Chemical Peel (1,144,865), Laser Hair Removal (937,602), and Microdermabrasion (824,706).

The report also found that the numbers of reconstructive surgeries rose 2% in 2010.

The most common reconstructive surgery was Tumor Removal (including skin cancer) (4,042,955), followed by Laceration Repair (356,601), Scar revision (160,516), Hand Surgery (excluding microsurgical) (105,711), and Breast Reconstruction (93,083).

The number Dog Bite Repair surgeries was 32,961 in 2010. Up 8% from 30,484 in 2009.

The ASPS indicated that the rise in cosmetic plastic surgeries has coincided with an improvement in the US economy. With finances stabilizing, patients appear more willing to spend money on plastic surgery.

In a statement released by the ASPS, ASPS president, Phillip Haeck, M.D., said “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.”

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Faroh Sauder has spent more than 30 years working as a journalist and educator. He has written on politics, international affairs, civil rights, and consumer education. Now mostly retired, Faroh continues to stay current on tech and consumer issues and reports on his interests here at News For Shoppers.