Recently released data shows that a slow economy isn’t dragging down cosmetic procedures anymore, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, or ASAPS. In 2010, cosmetic surgeries jumped by 9% compared to 2009, with about 9.5 million procedures overall for the year. And the momentum shows no signs of stopping—in fact, since 1997, surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures combined have witnessed a 155% increase.

ASAPS’s report, which is released yearly, consisted of statistics regarding plastic surgery, dermatology, and ENT medicine. The most popular non-surgical procedures included Botox (over 2.5 million procedures), cosmetic fillers, and laser hair removal.

Laser Hair Removal and Botox Among Most Popular Cosmetic Procedures Austin Texas

Here are some other interesting statistics from the ASAPS report:

  • Abdominoplasty, or “tummy tucks,” have increased in popularity by 300% since 1997.
  • Adults ages 35-50 were the most likely to have undergone a cosmetic procedure.
  • Men’s cosmetic surgery is becoming increasingly popular; in 2010, men accounted for 8% of cosmetic procedures.

Perhaps the growth in cosmetic procedures is related to the results of a recent survey, which revealed that more than half of Americans approve of plastic surgery for cosmetic ends. About 70% of the individuals surveyed reported that they would not be embarrassed about having a procedure for cosmetic reasons.

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