New data is in that reveals just how much Americans spent on plastic and cosmetic surgery in 2011. According to statistics reported by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), people in the U.S. spent $10 billion on cosmetic procedures last year. Additionally, ASAPS says that 9.2 million procedures were performed on the American population. These figures mark a 1% increase in non-invasive cosmetic procedures and a 2% decrease in invasive surgeries when compared to the same time period in 2010. While the increase may seem minor, figures are up by 197% when compared to 1997.
ASAPS President, Jeffrey M. Kenkel, MD, said that surgery is making a comeback – but it is a slow comeback. He also said that while many people still seek injectibles to improve their appearances, they want longer lasting results and that is why surgeries are expected to increase in 2012. When asked why so many people are concerned with their appearance, the doctor noted that people need to stay in the workforce longer and must compete with younger colleagues for the same types of jobs. Therefore, looking their best is important. If you are thinking about getting plastic surgery and want to know more about the benefits of a certain procedure, contact the West Coast Plastic Surgery Center now to set up a time to meet with a Westlake Village plastic surgeon who can answer your questions.