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    Plastic Surgeries and Cosmetic Procedures Rose by 44% in 2004

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    What's the Most Popular Cosmetic Procedure?

    Feb. 16, 2005 -- A flood of reality television shows and media coverage on plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures may have inspired millions to opt for the growing array of face- and figure-enhancing options now available.

    A new report shows the number of surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic procedures performed in the U.S. rose by 44% in 2004 to nearly 11.9 million.

    The biggest increase in 2004 was in nonsurgical cosmetic procedures, including wrinkle-erasing injections of Botox. Nonsurgical procedures such as Botox, laser hair removal, and chemical peels rose by 51% over the previous year.

    Plastic surgeries such as liposuction, breast augmentation, and facelifts grew by 17%.

    "I believe at least some of this upward trend may be attributable to increased media coverage of plastic surgery in 2004," says Peter Fodor, MD, president of the American Society for Aesthetic and Plastic Surgery, which compiled the report. "People have had many more opportunities to see firsthand what plastic surgery is like and what it can do for others."

    Liposuction and Botox were the most popular plastic surgeries and nonsurgical cosmetic procedures, respectively, performed in 2004, but the popularity of various procedures varied slightly between men and women.

    Top 2004 Surgical and Nonsurgical Cosmetic Procedures Overall:
    Plastic Surgeries: Nonsurgical Cosmetic Procedures:
    Liposuction 478,251 Botox 2,837,346
    Breast augmentation 334,052 Laser hair removal 1,411,899
    Eyelid surgery 290,343 Chemical peel 1,110,401
    Rhinoplasty 166,187 Microdermabrasion 1,098,316
    Facelift 157,061 Hyaluronic acid
    (Hylaform, Restylane)
    Top Cosmetic Procedures Among Women:
    Plastic Surgeries: Nonsurgical Cosmetic Procedures:
    Liposuction 416,614 Botox 2,525,430
    Breast augmentation 334,052 Laser hair removal 1,215,052
    Eyelid surgery 249,293 Microdermabrasion 999,095
    Tummy Tuck 145,315 Chemical peel 977,277
    Facelift 145,240 Hyaluronic acid
    (Hylaform, Restylane)
    Top Cosmetic Procedures Among Men:
    Plastic Surgeries: Nonsurgical Cosmetic Procedures:
    Liposuction 61,638 Botox injection 311,916
    Eyelid surgery 41,050 Laser hair removal 196,847
    Rhinoplasty 38,989 Chemical peel 133,124
    Male breast reduction 19,636 Microdermabrasion 99,221
    Hair transplantation 19,503 Laser skin resurfacing 69,427

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