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Plastic surgery has become one of the tea leaves to those reading the economy. Cosmetic procedures such as breast implants and liposuction dropped during the recession. In 2010 they rose across the board. An industry report released Thursday said elective cosmetic surgery procedures were up 5 percent in 2010, the first increase since the recession began.

Plastic surgery not doing too shabby

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons says that the U.S. economy is getting better. The Gross Domestic Product and consumer confidence have been slowly moving upward. At the same time, more plastic surgeries have been performed. ASPS recorded 13.1 million cosmetic surgery procedures in 2010, a 5 percent increase from 2009. More than $10 billion was spent from 2008 to 2009 on cosmetic surgery, and during that period there was a 3 percent drop. The uptick in elective surgeries has investors hopeful that the American custom to borrow money for big-ticket items is on the rebound.

How much cosmetic surgery costs

Breast augmentations was the most popular procedure in 2010. Nearly 300,000 women put anywhere from $4,000 to $10,000 on their credit cards for the procedure. Nose jobs cost between $3,000 and $8,000, and 250,000 people got the procedure done. There were also about 209,000 eyelid surgeries. An average of $4,100 was paid for this procedure. Liposuctions costing up to $7,500 (203,000) and tummy tucks running about $8,500 (116,000) also increased. There was a 9 percent increase in 2010 in face lifts with 113,000 procedures averaging costs between $6,000 and $15,000.

No end to Botox

Cosmetic surgeons who performed one specific procedure saw no change during the recession. It appears even a sluggish economy can’t stop Botox. After holding steady in the downturn, Botox injections also increased by 5 percent in 2010. Botulinum toxin type A was the most in-demand Botox injection with 5. 4 million procedures in 2010. Different noses and bigger breasts were put on hold in hard times. However, the recession couldn’t stop the twice yearly $500 Botox injections.

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