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Procedural Survey Shows 17 Million Cosmetic Procedures for 2009

American cosmetic Surgeons and other physicians performed at least 17 million cosmetic procedures last year, according to a procedural survey conducted by the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery.

The survey, which was different from any previous one by the AACS, posted numbers higher than ever seen before.  To gather data for the survey, the Academy polled its own members as well as random physicians across the United States.

The past two years have brought an 8% increase in cosmetic procedures for AACS members, despite the economic recession.

Procedures that increased markedly over the past 5 years include eyelid surgery, abdominoplasty, rhinoplasty, chemical peels and wrinkle fillers.

President of the Academy, Dr. Mark Berman offered his optimistic view of the situation: “As the economy recovers slowly but surely, we are seeing patients come back and feel better about doing some things for themselves that maybe they’d been putting off for a while.

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