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Cosmetic surgery on the rise

The Local · 9 Sep 2010, 12:28

Published: 09 Sep 2010 12:28 GMT+02:00

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More Germans than ever before are searching for eternal youth, the Düsseldorf-based association said, citing an overall increase in cosmetic procedures of 20 percent, to reach a total of 171,000. This compared to a slight decrease of 2 percent in the plastic surgery stronghold the United States.

The biggest increase was seen in the use of Botox or wrinkle fillers, which went from about 100,000 treatments in 2008 to 146,000 in 2009, according to a survey of the GÄCD’s 460 members.

“The best-loved procedures are the most affordable,” GÄCD general secretary Matthias Gensior said, adding that that this may have had something to do with the recent economic crisis.

While women most often chose Botox shots to smooth their worry lines and crow’s feet, men favoured laser treatments, the organisation's statistics showed. Women had some 130,000 Botox or other needle treatments, while men had just 14,000.

Meanwhile 43,000 laser treatments to smooth lines or remove rough patches were logged for men. Women had just 38,000 of these treatments, the GÄCD said.

Among these patients were “many newcomers,” among whom the age for first treatments had gone down from previous years, Gensior said.

The second most-popular cosmetic procedure for women was liposuction, with doctors logging some 17,000 treatments. This was followed by eye-lifts.

Corrective nose surgeries came in second place for men, with 3,500 surgeries. Tattoo removal came in third.

The fact that men had fewer invasive cosmetic surgeries is likely due to the fact that “men are not so open to surgical procedures,” Gensior said.

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But women go under the knife for practical reasons, he said, naming eye-lifts as one example.

“Women can no longer properly put on make-up when they have droopy upper lids,“ he explained.


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Your comments about this article

13:04 September 9, 2010 by Simon_Kellett
But be careful which doctor you choose: http://www.thelocal.de/society/20100715-28531.html
14:40 September 9, 2010 by dcgi
... or realise that the aging process is perfectly natural and you should learn to love yourself how you are now a bit more.

If you want to paralyze your face with a neurotoxic substance go right ahead, but I think you're f-ing mad to do so.
14:48 September 9, 2010 by DinhoPilot
That's why I noticed an increase of cute faces in the street!
17:35 September 9, 2010 by twizzer

......but not for long. Its just a matter of time until those cute faces turn into a pile of plastic mask-like features, and people start looking like dolls which got accidently caught in a blaze of fire. Great decisions some people seem to find comfort in in the name of beauty.........LOL
20:53 September 9, 2010 by Simon_Kellett
DinhoPilot > That's why I noticed an increase of cute faces in the street!

No: that is a natural consequence of ageing :-)
01:15 September 10, 2010 by Christine1
I can't get the picture of Priscilla Pressley out of my mind, for some reason...
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