Rise in cosmetic surgery patients reflects growing economy

Actress Joan Rivers isn’t the only person having cosmetic surgery, in fact in fact the number of procedures being carried out recently hit the highest levels since the boom in 2005 according to the latest figures from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). Last year, 1.6 million Americans had cosmetic surgery – this followed a drop in numbers during 2009 and a boom of 2.1 million in 2005.President of ASPS, Malcolm Z Roth, said: “Consumer confidence was up, auto sales rose 10 percent, so it is not surprising that we would also see increased demand for plastic surgery procedures.” In a report published in USA Today, the most popular treatments in 2011 were listed as follows: • Breast augmentation (307,000) • Nose reshaping (244,000) • Liposuction (205,000) • Eyelid surgery (196,000) • Facelift (119,000) The most popular non-surgical treatments were: • Botox injections (5.7 million) • Dermal fillers (1.9 million) • Skin peels (1.1 million) • Laser hair removal (1.1 million) • Medical Microdermabrasion (900,000)