The Popularity of Cosmetic Surgery is Growing with the Economy

Photo of cosmetic surgery grows with economy LocateADocAccording to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), the number of cosmetic procedures performed in the United States in 2013 increased 12% over the previous year. This is a positive sign for an industry that, like most others, took a hit as a result of the recent economic recession, which started in 2008.

The number of cosmetic surgery and non-surgical procedures exceeded 11 million last year. Individuals spent more than 12 billion dollars over the course of the year, 7 billion being spent on surgical procedures and the remaining amount covering non-surgical options.

Among cosmetic surgery procedures, liposuction was the most popular, with nearly 364,000 completed. This shows an increase of 16.3% over the previous year. Other popular surgical options included: breast augmentation, with more than 313,000 performed, and eyelid surgery, tummy tuck, and nose surgery, each with approximately 150,000 completed.

Industry experts are not surprised by these rising numbers. Minimally invasive options have exploded in popularity, with dermal fillers and muscle relaxers now in demand by both men and women more than ever. As the economy grows, people are more financially able and willing to invest in cosmetic surgery and non-surgical enhancements. The top five most popular nonsurgical offerings included Botulinum Toxin, with more than 3.5 million procedures, hyaluronic acid, hair removal, microdermabrasion, and photo rejuvenation.

As the economy continues to improve, most believe that these numbers will also grow in 2014 and beyond. People in their 30s and 40s, and beyond are turning to these anti-aging measures to not only improve their appearance, but also help gain an advantage in an ever-competitive employment scene.

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