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Cosmetic Surgery in the United States on the Rise

Posted: March 20, 2006
Cosmetic surgery continues to rise in the U.S.

In 2005, cosmetic procedures -- including surgery and minimally invasive treatments such as Botox injections and laser hair removal -- were done more than 10 million times in the U.S.

That's an increase of 11% from 2004 and 38% from 2000, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Add in reconstructive plastic surgery -- such as surgery to remove tumors or mend wounds -- and the grand total tops 15 million procedures.

Most cosmetic patients were women, whites, and middle-aged adults, the report shows. But more than a million men got cosmetic procedures. So did more than 300,000 youths aged 18 and younger.

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