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The Teenage Plastic Surgery Boom

Here’s a disturbing trend: Between 1996 and 2010 the number of teenagers aged 13-19 having elective cosmetic surgery has increased by 548% – from around 14,000 procedures to 76,841┬álast year, according to American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). The vast majority of these surgeries are rhinoplasty, followed by octoplasty (ear-pinning, typically), breast augmentation, asymmetry correction [...]

Botax: Congress Thinking About Taxing Elective Cosmetic Surgery

Facing mounting federal deficit and an expensive health care reform bill, you wouldn’t be blaming Congress for trying to squeeze a few billion dollars here and there to pay for it. But the cosmetic surgery industry is howling at the new proposed … “Botax”?! Last week, the Senate began debate on an $848 billion health care reform [...]