US leads the way on cosmetic surgery recovery

7 March 2011

The number of people receiving cosmetic surgery in the US has increased as the global economy starts to recover.

There was a five per cent increase in the number having surgical and non-surgical cosmetic treatments in 2010.

Some 13.1 million Americans went under the knife, with facelifts being the most popular option.

Breast augmentation accounted for two per cent of the total.

Dr Phillip Haeck, president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), said: "The economy is showing signs of improvement and, financially, things are a little better for people this year.

"As the aging population continues to grow, people are investing in plastic surgery procedures to help stay competitive in the workplace."

The ASPS claims that many people had put their cosmetic surgery plans on ice until the global financial situation improved and expects the number of people electing for surgery to start climbing in the coming year.

Figures released by the British Association of Aesthetic and Plastic Surgeons this January showed that plastic surgery is on the increase - despite the ongoing economic turmoil.

1 "American Society of Plastic Surgeons". American Society of Plastic Surgeons. March 2011.

2 "Moobs and Boobs: Double DD'igit Rise". British Association of Aesthetic and Plastic Surgeons. Monday, January 31st 2011.

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