Cosmetic surgery unaffected by economic downturn

With the economy having taken a sharp turn for the worse, cosmetic surgery would presumably be the last thing on people's minds. However, recent reports have revealed that the tightening credit crunch has, in fact, had little effect on the frequency of cosmetic surgery procedures. Some even say that cosmetic surgery is more important within a dwindling job market where any advantages - including that of enhanced physical appearance - can make a big difference.

However, there are also those who are, for the most part, unaffected by the economic downturn that's taken a toll on so many others. Countless celebrities, for instance, are still opting for cosmetic surgery - from Charlie Sheen, whose recent rhinoplasty has gained acclaim - to Sharon Osbourne, who has admitted to spending over 300,000 on cosmetic surgery treatments such as breast augmentation, liposuction, a face lift and a tummy tuck. Then there are the lucky stars, like Kerry Katona, who had her cosmetic surgery paid for by MTV for her reality show Whole Again, in which she bared all to document liposuction, breast reduction and non-surgical treatments.

The steady industry statistics also go to show that many people will generally find a way to get cosmetic surgery if they really want it - which can sometime mean taking out loans or racking up credit card bills. However, a good many are still inclined to save up for cosmetic surgery, making the eventual procedure all the more meaningful as something hard earned.