Investing In Yourself


By: Marlene Affeld ~

Motivated by personal or professional reasons, more and more people are choosing to correct physical deformities, reverse the tangible signs of aging or to undergo procedures to change, restore or enhance their physical appearance.

According to data provided by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), cosmetic procedures performed by board-certified plastic surgeons and dermatologists in the United States increased by a whopping 12 percent in 2013. In 2013, Americans underwent more than 11 million cosmetic surgical and non-surgical procedures, at a cost exceeding 12 billion dollars.

ASAPS reports that in n 2013, liposuction replaced breast augmentation as the most often request surgical procedure with a 16 percent increase and more than one billion spent on the procedure nationwide.

The ASAPS advises the five most elected surgical procedures were:

“The numbers do not come as a surprise,” states Jack Fisher, MD, President of ASAPS. “Technological advances, less-invasive procedures, greater accessibility are making aesthetic procedures, surgical and nonsurgical, far more attractive to the public at-large. Further, the rebounding economy is encouraging people to start investing in themselves once again.

Women underwent more than 10.3 million cosmetic procedures 90.6 per cent of the total. The number of cosmetic procedures for women increased over 471 per cent from 1997. The top five surgical procedures for women were: breast augmentation, liposuction, tummy tuck, breast lift, and eyelid surgery.

Men opted for more than 1 million cosmetic procedures, 9.4 per cent of the total. The number of cosmetic procedures for men escalated over 273 percent from 1997. The most requested cosmetic surgical procedures for men were: liposuction, eyelid surgery, nose surgery, male breast reduction and ear surgery.”

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