Increased Cosmetic Surgery Procedures Amid Recession

While the nation’s economy has suffered in recent years, the number of cosmetic surgery procedures has, in fact, increased. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), there were 13.8 million cosmetic plastic surgery procedures (both surgical and minimally-invasive) performed in theU.S. in 2011. That is a 5 percent increase from 2010!

According to the ASPS, surgical cosmetic procedures increased 2 percent with 1.6 million procedures in 2011.Facelifts have grown in popularity, actually replacing tummy tucks nationally as one of the top five surgical procedures in 2011.

According to ASPS President Malcolm Z. Roth MD, “We are seeing notable increases in surgical procedures, such as facelifts, that reflect the demands of an aging boomer population. However, the overall growth in cosmetic procedures is being primarily driven by a substantial rise in minimally-invasive procedures.”  Simply put, the aging population and the desire to look and feel younger have promoted the benefits of plastic surgery and minimally-invasive procedures, such as Botox. 

Less invasive procedures (such as Botox) have gained an increasing number of loyal followers in recent years, with a reported 11.3 million administrations of Botox last year, according to Plastic Surgery Practice. We will highlight different filler options available at Dr. Martin’s Cosmetic Plastic Surgery office inCincinnati in upcoming blog entries. 

In 2011, the top five surgical procedures nationally were:

  1. Breast augmentation (see last week’s blog about breast augmentation) (up 4 percent)
  2. Rhinoplasty, or nose reshaping
  3. Liposuction (up 1 percent)
  4. Eyelid surgery
  5. Facelift (up 5 percent)

We are seeing similar trends in ourCincinnatioffice as well, though we are seeing more tummy tucks locally.  The top three surgical procedures in our office last year were:

  1. Breast augmentation
  2. Tummy tuck
  3. Facelift 

If you are considering cosmetic surgery, contact Kurtis Martin MD for details on what to expect, before/after examples, and detailed information. Our focus is on each individual patient, and we put your needs first.

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