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Thursday, November 17, 2005

There was a 22% increase in overall cosmetic surgical and nonsurgical procedures from 2003 to 2004, according to a study from the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS). The most common procedures in 2004 were filler injections, which were up 115%, and Botox injections, which increased by 107%. Looking younger is the primary motivation for men and women who undergo these procedures, according to the AAFPRS. The plastic surgeons who were surveyed said men were likely to report receiving facial cosmetic surgery for work-related reasons, and women opt for surgery to "look less tired" or to look or feel better. Surgeons who responded reported that over half of all patients (54%) have had multiple procedures in the same year. There was also an increase in teens undergoing cosmetic surgery. About 37% of facial plastic surgeons identified this as a trend.

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