Maybe people need a distraction from the bleak economic headlines of the day, or maybe its America's obsession with youth. Either way, business is booming in the business of nips, tucks, and lifts.
Cosmetic plastic surgery procedures rose two percent to 1.6 million in 2010, according to a recent study by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), which represents 7,000 board-certified plastic surgeons.
"Consumers are willing to spend on themselves again and confidence is up," says Dr. Phil Haeck, president of the ASPS.
Although 91 percent of all cosmetic procedures were performed on women, statistics show that more men are going under the knife. Overall cosmetic plastic surgery procedures for men were 2 percent higher in 2010 than the previous year.
"The men out there are worrying about how they look compared to the competition, which is much younger," says Haeck.
So what are Americans looking to improve? Click ahead to see the most popular cosmetic procedures and the average cost. (Fees do not include anesthesia, operating room facilities, or other related expenses.)
By Jessica Naziri
Posted 12 September 2011