Saturday, March 26, 2011

More people get breast implants today than 10 years ago; nose jobs, liposuction are on the decline

More women are getting breast implants today than they were 10 years ago, research shows.

More women are getting breast implants today than they were 10 years ago, research shows.
Nose jobs and liposuction? So 10 years ago. Today's top procedures are boob jobs and wrinkle treatments.

New numbers released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons show that although breast enhancement surgeries have shot up almost 40 percent in the past decade, other cosmetic procedures, including nose reshaping, liposuction, eyelid surgery and face-lifts, are losing popularity.

The New York Times Well blog reported that 13.1 million cosmetic procedures took place in 2010, a 5 percent increase from 2009. Of those procedures, 11.6 million were noninvasive treatments and 1.6 million were operations.

About 90 percent of patients were women, and many were looking to give their breasts a boost. In 2010, 296,203 people sought breast implants and 90,000 received breast-lifts, a number up 70 percent from 2000.

Breast reduction operations were also up 6 percent from 2009, and implant removal procedures jumped 9% from the year before.

But although more women are changing their cup size than they were 10 years ago, people are less willing to undergo other invasive surgeries. Doctors performed 43 percent fewer liposuctions than they did in 2000. Nose jobs also went down 35 percent and face-lifts declined by 16 percent.

One treatment that has taken off in the past decade? Botox. The Times reported 5.4 million people received injections in 2010, up a whopping 584 percent from 2000. Wrinkle fillers and laser hair removal also spiked in popularity.

Patients aged 40 to 54 accounted for nearly half of all procedures last year, but an increasing number of older people are getting work done these days, too. The Times reported that 3.3 million people over age 55 received some sort of treatment last year, up 4 percent from 2009.

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