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Despite Recession, Plastic Surgery Demand Still High in 2009

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The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery maintains a comprehensive collection of cosmetic surgery statistics and data in the US.  They recently released an interesting report about the impact of the recession on the demand for plastic surgery.  Despite recent economic conditions, plastic surgery demand dropped by only two percent in 2009, and almost 10 million cosmetic surgical and nonsurgical procedures were performed last year. 

The Society has been tracking statistics since 1997 and has reported an increase in the overall number of cosmetic procedures by 147 percent since that time.  The most popular surgical procedure has been breast augmentation and the most frequently performed nonsurgical procedure has been Botulinum Toxin Type A (such as Botox and Dysport) injections.  Just like any sector, the plastic surgery industry has been feeling the effects of the recession, however, Aesthetic Society President, Renato Saltz, MD, believes that repeat patients and those putting off actual surgery contribute to the small growth seen in non-surgical cosmetic procedures.  He also expects growth in demand to return to steady rates as the recession eases and the children of baby boomers begin exploring surgical options.

Demographic trends show that men account for just 9 percent of cosmetic procedures.  The top five surgical procedures for men, according to the Aesthetic Society, are liposuction, rhinoplasty, eyelid surgery, male breast reduction and hair transplantation.  In 2009, Aesthetic Society physicians reported performing 13,064 hair transplant surgeries.

IHTI would like to note that these demographics might be misleading as the Aesthetic Society more commonly tracks full-body and facial plastic surgery.  Member physicians would typically not specialize in hair restoration surgery exclusively.  We would never recommend a hair loss patient go to a surgeon who does not specialize almost exclusively in hair restoration surgery.  Doctors who simply ‘dabble’ in the procedure cannot possibly have the skill or expertise needed to achieve consistent results, and no patient should risk that.  There are many doctors who perform one or two hair transplant procedures a day, versus those that do only a handful a year; with hair transplant results being permanent and something you will live with for the rest of your life, there should be no question which category of physicians you should select from.  We should also note that very few of the non-specialized doctors who perform hair transplants are familiar or experienced with follicular unit extraction and none have any training in the Cole Isolation Technique (CIT®). 

The information in this article is based on the press release from
Despite Recession, Overall Plastic Surgery Demand Drops Only 2 Percent From Last Year

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