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Recession no barrier to cosmetic procedures A bad economy only slightly deterred Americans from flocking to cosmetic procedures last year.
The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery released figures Tuesday: Almost 10 million cosmetic surgical and nonsurgical procedures were performed in the United States in 2009. Despite the recession, Americans louis vuitton yayoi kusama alma shelled out almost $10.5 billion to get pretty. "From executives to everyday working people in the corporate world particularly, they look at improving their appearances as an investment in their future, because appearance does count," vintage louis vuitton authentication he said. "If they don't look as good as the person with similar qualifications, my bet is on the person who looks more rested and looks better than the one who looks tired." Fleming said even the unemployed shell out the bucks to get cosmetic procedures. "While people are out of work, they're not doing it for personal reasons because they want to look better, he said. doing it because it's more competitive than it was before the recession. That's their stimulus spending money louis vuitton vans shoes trying to get in the workforce." About 85 percent of the total procedures were nonsurgical ones, according to American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. These types of procedures, such as Botox and chemical fillers to reduce wrinkling, louis vuitton alma pm review cost less than major surgeries. "People might not have money for more involved procedures which last longer," Fleming said. "But they do have money for fillers, Botox, that kind of thing." The top three nonsurgical cosmetic procedures of 2009 1. Botox injection (2.5 million) 2. hyaluronic acid (fillers such at Juvederm and Restylane) (1.3 million ) 3. laser hair removal (1.3 million) The top three cosmetic surgical procedures of 2009 1. breast augmentation (300,000) Well, the wealthy still have money for what most of us would deem wasteful extravagance. On the other hand this is preferable to the alternative, which is, they just sit on the wealth and it doesn get back into the economy. It makes you wonder what they did to warrant their wealth. In a world where businesses frequently engage in a to the bottom (a race to see who can make more money by becoming less and less moral) or people come by wealth by inheriting or marrying into it, progressive taxation is well justified. March 10, 2010 at 09:27 Report abuse Reply Cosmetic procedures are to appearance like a BMW is to transportation. IF people can afford it, fine. It just like having a nicer house instead of a modest one or designer clothes instead of American Eagle. The fact is that many, many jobs are unaffected by the recession and it those people who will bring us out of it. This plastic surgeon probably employs a minimum of five other people. ANd of course, so does the BMW dealership, the construction company, the clothing store. I may not agree with what people spend their money on, but I rather they blow their money on something that makes jobs than get it nabbed by the government through higher taxes to do God only knows what with it. March 10, 2010 at 10:35 Report abuse Reply If people would spend money on Botox or Laser treatments they are actually saving money on skin care!! They are getting the most effective skin treatments out there, with the best results!! Silly, uneducated people that spend hundreds of dollars a year on creams that don work, that can never work and the FDA doesn have the dollars to regulate so these companies can claim whatever they want, these people are the ones who are throwing their money away!! These are the mindless people that all of you guys are talking about!! March 10, 2010 at 10:53 Report abuse Reply The problem with this country is it priorities. If you think Botox will help you get a job, then you got problems. Whatever happened to being aggressive and just being damn good at your job? While there are plenty of people who will still have problems finding jobs, there are a lot people who get jobs and don end up proving themselves in that position. you not pretty enough, thin enough, etc). As a physician/surgeon, I see people who can pay $500 for their copay for a live saving surgery but will pay $2000 cash to get cosmetic procedures such as varicose veins for the legs done (which is NOT covered by insurance). What I also realized is that while there are definitely rich people who get cosmetic procedures done, they are not the majority (well, maybe in Beverly Hills). In most of the US, the people who get these procedures done are middle income people. Now if you want to get things like this done to make you feel better/younger and you can afford it, I have no problem with that. Perhaps we should be taking lessons from the rich since most of them became rich from hard work, guts, taking risks, and saving (very few inherited the money). What you will find is that many rich people are not as extravagent as we think. Yes, maybe they have a big house/nice car but they know how to manage money. Perhaps we as a country can learn from the rich. Just so tired of people not taking responsibility for their actions.
Once the economy gets back on track, people will go back to their overspending ways. The USA is no longer on top of the hill and I think we will see that the next decade is really going to be a turning point for this country. There will no longer be a significant advantage to living here compared to a westernized European nation.
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