05 April 2011

Recent figures suggest that there is a direct correlation between the number of people having cosmetic surgery and the state of the economy. More than 1.6 million Americans underwent cosmetic surgery in 2010, an increase of nine per cent on figures from 2009, and spent an estimated $6.6 million in the process. Experts believe that this indicates the start of an economic rebound. We've joked for years that we could create an economic indicator about how we're booked, said Felmont Eaves, president of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). Facelifts saw a huge increase in popularity, with procedures up by 35 per cent on 2009 and Americans spending $845 million on the surgery. Breast augmentation remained consistently high, rising two per cent last year, with around $1.2 billion being spent on breast implants last year. Although women accounted for 91 per cent of cosmetic surgery patients in 2010, men made up eight per cent of non-surgical procedures such as laser hair removal and Botox.