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Nips, Tucks, Lifts, and Other Cosmetic Procedures Up as U.S. Economy Improves

Cosmetic Plastic Surgeries on the Rise

Body Contouring on the Rise continued...

In addition to surgical procedures, minimally invasive methods to improve appearance also rose, by 5% in 2010, to nearly 11.6 million procedures. The top five minimally invasive cosmetic procedures were:

“Injectables have remained robust despite the economy,” Haeck says. “Botox and Dysport injections are up 12% while, interestingly, fat injections are up 14%, which could reflect how a patient’s own fat is being used in more creative ways to rejuvenate the face and body.”

Reconstructive plastic surgery procedures also were up, increasing 2% in 2010. The top five were:

  • Tumor removal, 4 million
  • Laceration repair, 357,000
  • Scar revision, 161,000
  • Hand surgery, 106,000
  • Breast reconstruction, 93,000

The ASPS says breast reconstruction rose 8% in 2010 and replaces maxillofacial surgery in the top five reconstructive procedures.

“It’s been a major goal of the ASPS to increase women’s awareness of their breast reconstruction options, so much so that in 2009 the ASPS started a breast reconstruction public education campaign,” Haeck says. “It’s great that we can report that this procedure is now among the top five reconstructive procedures.”

Other findings in the group’s 2010 report:

  • Breast implant removals rose to 21,714 in 2010 from 19,857 in 2009
  • Botox procedures rose to 5.4 million from 4.8 million in 2009
  • Breast reductions rose to 83,241 from 78,298 in 2009

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