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Cosmetic plastic surgery procedures up by five percent
Trend mirrors economic growth

by LaSandra Cooper
How far would you go to achieve the look you want? Would you actually go under the knife? Recent studies are showing that increasingly, more and more Americans are doing just that.

The number of cosmetic plastic surgery procedures has increased by five percent in recent years, with more than 9.2 million procedures performed — a growth rate steady with that of the U.S. economy, according to statistics released recently by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). New five-year trending data shows cosmetic procedures are up 24 percent from 2000, reports the ASPS.

“These statistics show a strong, continued, and healthy increase in cosmetic surgery that mirrors the 4.4 percent economic growth of the United States,” said ASPS President Scott Spear, M.D.

Surgical cosmetic procedures have remained relatively stable in recent years, with more than 1.7 million procedures performed — down two percent from 2003. The top five surgical cosmetic procedures were liposuction (455,489,), nose reshaping (200,924), breast augmentation (364,610), eyelid surgery (231,467) and tummy tuck (169, 314).

Minimally-invasive procedures increased seven percent to nearly 8.4 million. The top five minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures were Botox (3.8 million), chemical peel (1.1 million), microdermabrasion (840,000), laser hair removal (780,000) and sclerotherapy (590,000).

The growth in minimally-invasive procedures can be attributed, in part, to new injectable wrinkle fighters entering the market. More consumers are considering injectables to prolong or avoid facelifts, forehead lifts and eyelid surgeries. In fact, the demand for hyaluronic acid injectable fillers like Restylane
and Hylaform jumped 927 percent in 2004. Botox injections increased four percent in 2004 and 280 percent since 2000.

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