Popular plastic surgery procedures see rebound as U.S. economy improves
By Stephen M. Krant, MD, FACS
Over the last few years, much of the nation’s economic news has centered upon the crippling effects of the Great Recession; but now, at long last, the economic tide is beginning to turn. From greater confidence on Wall Street to increased consumer spending, small improvements are pointing to a slowly but surely strengthening economy – and according to a recent article for NPR, popular plastic surgery procedures are among the services enjoying a boost in demand among those with disposable income.
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that the number of elective surgical procedures rose to 1.58 million in 2011, reflecting a 2% increase compared to 2010. Breast augmentation surgery claimed the top spot among patients in terms of popularity, with rhinoplasty procedures coming in second and liposuction coming in third. Compared to pre-recession numbers, these statistics may seem paltry; but considering the fact that most individuals lack insurance coverage for elective surgery and thus pay for cosmetic plastic surgery out of their own pockets, a rise in patient numbers signals high prioritization for aesthetic enhancement among today’s consumers.
In addition to full-scale surgical procedures, minimally invasive and non-invasive treatments like Botox, Restylane and Sculptra have also enjoyed a surge among patients in recent months. Botox injections were up 5% from 2010, with over 5.67 million cosmetic injections recorded over the course of last year. Following close behind are soft tissue fillers and chemical peels, both of which had well over one million users throughout 2011.
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