Recession Slows Rate of Plastic Surgery

Americans are choosing to live their with small breasts, sagging eyelids and flabby stomachs.  As the nation faces difficult economic times, more Americans are choosing to live their with small breasts, sagging eyelids and flabby stomachs.

Spending on plastic surgery in the United States fell 20 percent to $10.5 billion in 2009, down from the $13.2 billion spent in 2007, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.  The number of cosmetic surgical procedures since 2007 dropped by 30 percent to 1.47 million; nonsurgical treatments like wrinkle injections, chemical peels and laser hair removal fell by 13 percent to 8.5 million.

Breast augmentation is still the most popular surgical procedure, although the number of surgeries fell 22 percent to 312,000 since 2007.  Liposuction, the second most popular surgery, fell approximately 40 percent to 284,000 procedures.  Among the remaining top five surgical enhancements, eyelid surgery was down 38 percent, while abdominoplasty, usually called a “tummy tuck,” and facelifts both fell nearly 30 percent.

Although nonsurgical treatments have decreased since 2007, less costly procedures such as injections to smooth out or fill wrinkles rebounded.  Injections of Botox and wrinkle fillers such as Restylane increased by four percent in 2009 compared to a year earlier.

Cosmetic procedures for men, while still down slightly since their peak in 2007, increased by eight percent in 2008.

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