Body contouring still popular despite economy

11 November 2008

The economical climate has seen much belt-tightening right across the Western world - but some things appear to be largely unaffected. Cosmetic surgery is one such expenditure.

Following news only yesterday that wrinkle-relaxing injections like Botox had seen a rise of 300 per cent in just a year and the number of non-surgical dermal filler treatments leapt 200 per cent in the same amount of time. Many industry insiders were able to predict the sustained growth of these two non-surgical and relatively inexpensive procedures but it was expected that more expensive treatments would suffer under the current economic climate.

However, a Florida surgery has revealed in a press release that it has seen no change in the interest shown in body contouring procedures - such as liposuction and tummy tucks - despite many people now experiencing some financial difficulty thanks to the economical recession.

Dr. Timothy Alexander, of the South Florida Centre for Cosmetic Surgery, said: "The desire to look and feel better doesn't change with a slow economy, and my patients continue to see cosmetic surgery as a smart investment in themselves."

Last month, plastic surgeons claimed that their surgeries were completely unaffected by the economic downturn. However, just weeks later fresh admissions revealed that a drop in business had been experienced. This was countered by the leap in consumers opting for less expensive procedures, such as wrinkle-relaxing injections, chemical skin peels and dermal fillers - which provided instant results without as much of an impact on the wallet. This trend shows that, despite the economy forcing people to spend less on what could be seen as an unnecessary extra, the demand for such procedures - and their respective surgeries - has not abated.