Cosmetic Surgery on the Rise Despite Recession

Brook Flagg

by Brook Flagg | February 17, 2011 @ 10:00AM

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Although the cosmetic surgery industry felt the impact of the economic downturn from 2008 to 2010, it appears that 2011 may be the industry’s rebound. Statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) revealed that 13.1 million cosmetic procedures (both surgical and non-surgical) and 5.3 million reconstructive plastic surgery procedures were performed in 2010. This is up five percent and two percent respectively from 2009. If the slowly rebounding economy is any indicator, the number of procedures performed in 2011 is likely to be even greater.

According to experts, the cause for an increase in individuals undergoing plastic surgery procedures while other economic indicators (i.e., housing) remain stagnant, could still be recession-related. Calling the growth in cosmetic plastic surgery procedures “multi-factorial," ASPS President Dr. Philip Haeck said, "The financial markets are at a two year high, we're seeing a double digit increase in the percentage of auto sales over a year ago, and as the aging population continues to grow, people are investing in plastic surgery procedures to help stay competitive in the workplace.”

Facelift surgery, a procedure regarded as a smart professional move by cosmetic surgery advocates, saw a resurgence of nine percent, with almost 113,000 procedures performed in 2010. But in both the United States and Britain, breast augmentation was the number one aesthetic surgical procedure.

Cosmetic surgery procedures overall rose five percent last year in the United Kingdom, according to the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS); and, a record of 9,430 women opted to receive breast implants last year. This was a sharp rise (roughly 10 percent) from 2009. Breast reduction also proved popular in Britain, with the procedure’s popularity having shot up to 28 percent among British men.

It seems cosmetic enhancement for professional growth is a growing trend in parts of Europe as well, with brow lift surgery and rhinoplasty both rising 13 percent among men in the U.K. The number of facelifts performed increased among men and women alike, with an average rise of 12 percent in both groups.

The theory that a revived plastic surgery industry is connected to high unemployment appears to be the consensus of experts on both continents. Regarding the British figures, BAAPS chief Fazel Fatah said, "The public's interest in aesthetic surgery remained strong in spite of the economic downturn. Procedures showing the more considerable rise seem to be concentrated on the most visible areas."

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