Breaking: Breast Augmentations More Popular Than Tummy Tucks, Facelifts Combined
Well, I guess it really isn't breaking news. But still. In the midst of the collapse of the American Century (brought to you by the feckless, unserious Obama administration) I thought I'd throw in some stats that are not specifically related to our current decline, but somehow feel appropriate.
Last year, according to this chart in the always interesting ChartsBin, there were almost 300,000 breast augmentations performed by plastic surgeons. (It's unclear from the chart if that's a per-breast figure, or whether it represents the pair.)
Nose jobs were next. But then it gets interesting: eyelids are next, followed by liposuction, and then a steep decline to the next two, tummy tucks and facelifts.
I'm not sure what to make of all of this, but what I'm taking away from it is that in these troubled economic times, people are focusing on the fundamentals. Get the most important stuff done first, then do some of the cheaper, more cost-effective alterations done, and only then, if there's any money left over, go for the more sophisticated stuff.
It also suggests that elective surgery is a very big business, and probably about to get bigger, because it's the only totally for-private, uninsured part of our health care system.