nose jobAccording the the America Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, 2008 was a horrible year for the Botox and boob job industry. Surgical cosmetic procedures in the U.S. dropped from 2,079,032 in 2007 to 1,766, 695 last year, or 15%.

Nonsurgical procedures were down 12%. In light of these stats, it is a buyer's market in the nip and tuck world. If you've always yearned to improve your looks by plastic surgery or a nonsurgical procedure, now is the time. And if you are convinced that a quick fix will improve your odds of landing a new job...

So where do people spend their cosmetic surgery dollars? The most common surgical procedures last year were

  • Breast augmentation 355,671
  • Liposuction 341,144
  • Eyelid surgery 195,104
  • Rhinoplasty 152,434
  • Tummy tuck 147,932

The most popular nonsurgical procedures were

  • Botox 2,464,123
  • Laser hair removal 1,280,964
  • Hyaluronic acid (injectable anti-wrinkle gel) 1,262,848
  • Chemical peel 591,808
  • Laser skin resurfacing 570,880

According to Dr. Stephen P. Beals in HealthNewsDigest.com, "Doctors are slashing their prices" (is that a good metaphor?), product makers such as Botox are running special promotions, and even anesthesiologists are counting backwards.

Say what you will about cosmetic surgery, but from the people I've known who've had work done, the results have gone well beyond the improved physical appearance. It has bolstered their confidence, and confidence is the best beauty treatment of all.

Also read: Kid's book explains mom's boob job


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