Plastic Surgery As An Economic Indicator?
By Shellie Terry Benson |
It turns out that when the number of cosmetic procedures performed rises, so does the economy. At least that's what experts are suggesting. Their logic? If the economy is healthier, then more people schedule appointments for procedures like wrinkle-reducing injections, fillers, facelifts and bodylifts, as Austin, TX, plastic surgeon, Jennifer L. Walden, MD, told KVUE News.
“In the past year, cosmetic procedures have risen 5 percent,” she says. “I believe this shows signs of economic recovery, just because it's a marker of disposable income for people.”
Earlier this year, we reported that the total number of cosmetic procedures for 2011 were up to 13.8 million in the U.S and rising. This could mean our economic future is looking bright.
“People are starting to feel better about spending money on themselves,” Mountlake Terrace, WA, plastic surgeon, Richard A. Baxter, MD, commented. “Regardless of your feelings about plastic surgery this uptick is good news for all.”
Dr. Walden said that while the number of procedures dropped off in 2009-'10, she expects aesthetic treatment numbers to continue to climb back up to 2005 numbers, when they spiked. She says minimally invasive procedures such as neurotoxin injections like Botox, Dysport and *Xeomin, facial fillers like Restylane and Juvéderm, laser procedures and microdermabrasion will lead the way.
Does the increase in cosmetic procedures make you feel more confident about an economic recovery?
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