Thursday, March 11, 2010

Spending Less on Plastic Surgery

And here’s another interesting read from The New York Times (dated March 09, 2010) that I stumbled upon – more Americans are opting to live with small breasts, sagging eyelids and paunchy stomachs because of tough economic times.

Last year, spending on plastic surgery in the United States fell 20 percent to $10.5 billion, down from the $13.2 billion spent in 2007, according to the latest statistics from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. The number of cosmetic surgical procedures since 2007 dropped by 30 percent to 1.47 million, while nonsurgical treatments like wrinkle injections, chemical peels and laser hair removal fell by 13 percent to 8.5 million.

Breast augmentation remained the most popular surgical procedure, although the number of surgeries fell 22 percent since 2007, to 312,000. Liposuction, the second most popular surgery, plummeted nearly 40 percent to 284,000 procedures. Among the remaining top five surgical enhancements, eyelid surgery was down 38 percent, while abdominoplasty, commonly called a “tummy tuck,” and face-lifts both dropped by about 30 percent.

So vanity takes a backseat during difficult times. At least, it is nice to know that Americans are sensible people after all! Well, not all of them – but enough to make a noticeable difference in the statistics! For those who still go under the knife – they probably approve of this quote from Jack Nicholson: “I have a lot of vanity”!

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