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Plastic surgeons at work. Americans underwent close to 12 million surgical or non-surgical cosmetic procedures in 2004, a rise of 44 percent from the previous year, according to the American Societ for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
Americans underwent close to 12 million surgical or non-surgical cosmetic procedures in 2004, a rise of 44 percent from the previous year, with liposuction and botox treatment leading the surge.
In its annual report published Thursday, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) said 90 percent of the procedures were performed on women.
ASAPS president Peter Fodor attributed the jump in cosmetic treatment to increased media attention.
"People have had many more opportunities to see, first hand, what plastic surgery is like and what it can do for others," Fodor said. "That can be a strong incentive for them to seek the same benefits by having cosmetic procedures themselves."
The annual report found that 11.9 million procedures were carried out last year.
Surgical procedures were up 17 percent on 2003, with liposuction leading the treatment table with more than 478,000 operations.
Breast augmentation was the second most popular, followed by eyelid surgery, rhinoplasty (nose jobs) and facelifts.
While breast enlargements among women in general were up 19 percent at more than 334,000, they plunged 63 percent among teenagers to 4,211.
On the non-surgical side, procedures were up 51 percent, with more than 2.8 million people opting for anti-wrinkling botox injections and 1.4 million going in for some laser hair removal.
Although men accounted for only 1.2 million, or 10 percent, of the overall number of procedures, ASAPS said the figure represented an increase of more than 300 percent from 1997.
An ASAPS survey of 1,000 Americans found that 21 percent of men interviewed said they would consider cosmetic surgery -- an increase of 50 percent from 2003.
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