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Louise Chang, MD
March 16, 2009 -- Americans cut back on plastic surgery and other cosmetic
procedures last year, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic
The ASAPS today released its 2008 statistics, which show a decrease of 12%
in the number of surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic procedures performed in the
U.S. last year.
The reason for the downturn? "It's clearly the economy, and people's
concerns about their future income, their time off from work to have a
procedure, and recovery from that," ASAPS President Alan Gold, MD, tells
Gold says he expects that when the economy recovers, cosmetic procedures
will spike as people get the procedures they've been delaying.
"Maybe not this year -- it might be next year," Gold says.
Gold also notes that older workers may have to stay in the job market
longer, and they may turn to cosmetic procedures to enhance their prospects.
"They want to be able to compete without the ageism bias and therefore want
to look younger," he says.
Liposuction is no longer the most common cosmetic surgery in the U.S.;
breast augmentation has taken its place in the top spot, the new ASAPS
Both procedures decreased from 2007 to 2008, and when all was said and done,
more people got breast augmentation than liposuction in 2008.
Here is the list of the top cosmetic surgical procedures for 2008:
Why was rhinoplasty the lone surgical procedure not to lose ground last
year? Gold speculates that perhaps parents deferred spending on themselves to
afford rhinoplasty that they had promised to their teen or young adult
Here are the top five nonsurgical cosmetic procedures for 2008:
SOURCES:American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.Alan Gold, MD, president, American Society for Aesthetic Plastic
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