Laser hair removal and skin resurfacing procedures still on the rise

March 25, 2008, Arlington Heights, IL--Despite domestic concerns like inflation and a looming home lending crisis, Americans continue to spend money on plastic surgery. According to the latest procedural statistics report from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), almost 12 million cosmetic plastic surgery procedures were performed in 2007, up 7% from 2006.

March 25, 2008, Arlington Heights, IL--Despite
domestic concerns like inflation and a looming home lending crisis, Americans continue to spend money on plastic surgery. According to the latest procedural statistics report from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), almost 12 million cosmetic plastic surgery procedures were performed in 2007, a 7% increase from 2006 and a 59% increase from 2000.

Laser hair removal procedures grew 2%, from 887,000 in 2006 to 906,000 in 2007. Laser skin resurfacing saw a 32% jump in the number of procedures performed, from 263,000 in 2006 to 347,000 in 2007.

"The report tells me Americans are devoted to looking and feeling their best," said Richard A. D'Amico, MD, ASPS president. "High demand continues for less invasive and relatively less expensive procedures, but there were also promising rebounds in some surgical procedures."

The top five minimally-invasive procedures were Botox(R) (4.6 million, up 13% from 2006), hyaluronic acid fillers (1.1 million, up 35%), chemical peel (1 million, down 4%), laser hair removal, and microdermabrasion (897,000, up 10%).

For more statistics from the 2007 National Clearinghouse of Plastic Surgery Report, information on procedures and referrals to ASPS Member Surgeons, visit www.plasticsurgery.org.

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