Cosmetic plastic surgery as an economy barometer

In US, after FDA approved silicone implants in later 2006, women rushed to get them. Now breast augmentation, based on a survey from American Society of Plastic Surgeons, has become the most common cosmetic plastic surgery in the U.S, increased 13% last year. All other types of cosmetic plastic surgery were also increased at the same time.

American Society of Plastic Surgeons believescosmetic plastic surgery is a good barometer of the local and national economy ... the increase in cosmetic plastic surgery procedures mirrors the strong economy, low unemployment levels, and high consumer confidence of 2006".


Alyssa said...

Wow! We should have the Academy running the government - they have such a fantastic handle on the economy! Talk about bending the figures to meet your own needs!! Alyssa

Jim said...

Is it a barometer of an improving economy, or doctors expanding their offerings and advertising more aggressively? In recent trips to the dentist and eye doctor, each had obvious investment in generating awareness of services not traditionally covered by insurance. For example, the eye doctor had prominent displays outlining LASIK procedures whereas my dentist had something created by The Smile Channel featuring five minutes of Dentist 101 for each ten minutes of cosmetic dentistry.

Even my "regular" GP has started putting displays in the lobby for various supplements. (It's kind of creepy, really.)