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Cosmetic Surgery Sales Sag

Pamela Anderson, the poster girl for bodily enhancement, displays more than one aftermarket part. (Image credit: AP Photo.)

Cosmetic surgeons are no strangers to promotion, but they are sure ratcheting up the offers now.

Strapped for cash, people may have to let breasts, baggy eyes and even flab sag along with the economy. One doc says he may lower fees even further on his Botox Friday specials. NY Times says 62 percent of plastic surgeons who responded to a questionnaire performed fewer cosmetic procedures in the first six months of this year compared with the same period last year. [We reported in June that sales were lagging.]

There's added risk in promotions like this.

"It skews the caution of proper decision-making," said Dr. Adam Searle, a plastic surgeon in London.

All this comes at a time when the nip-'n'-tuck industry was soaring. In 2007, Americans spent more than $13 billion for nearly 11.7 million cosmetic procedures, up from nearly 8.5 million procedures in 2001.

For the record:

Women's top-five cosmetic surgical procedures for 2007:

* Breast augmentation: 399,440 procedures * Liposuction: 398,848 * Eyelid surgery: 208,199

Men's top-five cosmetic surgical procedures for 2007:

* Liposuction: 57,980 procedures * Eyelid surgery: 32,564 * Nose reshaping: 31,713

This article is from the LiveScience Water Cooler: What people are talking about in the world of science and beyond.

Robert Roy Britt
Rob was a writer and editor at Space.com starting in 1999. He served as managing editor of Live Science at its launch in 2004. He is now Chief Content Officer overseeing media properties for the sites’ parent company, Purch. Prior to joining the company, Rob was an editor at The Star-Ledger in New Jersey, and in 1998 he was founder and editor of the science news website ExploreZone. He has a journalism degree from Humboldt State University in California.