From the NY Times is a story that would have Hugo Chavez having kittens.
Breast implant operations have surged 40 percent in the past decade, with nearly 300,000 women last year opting to increase their breast size.
New data released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons show that breast enhancement, through lifts and implants, remains a priority for women seeking cosmetic surgery. By contrast, nose jobs, liposuction and lip augmentation are all on the decline.
Last year surgeons performed 296,203 breast implants, a 2 percent increase over 2009 and a 39 percent jump since 2000. Women in the Mountain and Pacific states are most likely to seek breast enhancement, accounting for nearly 40 percent of procedures.
Breast lifts, which reached nearly 90,000 last year, are up 9 percent since 2009 and 70 percent since 2000. And 82,871 operations were performed to reduce breast size, an increase of 6 percent from the year before but still 2 percent lower than 2000. (Additionally, 18,280 male breast reduction operations were performed.)
About 21,700 operations were performed to remove breast implants. That’s 9 percent more of these procedures than in 2009, but a drop of 47 percent since 2000.
Can’t see there is much to complain about there. Clearly women are voting with their breasts and going for the bigger is best theory.
Women account for 91 percent of cosmetic procedures. Middle age remains the most popular time to seek cosmetic work. Procedures for patients between ages 40 and 54 increased 6 percent last year, accounting for about half of all procedures. Even so, cosmetic work is gaining in popularity among the old and young. People 55 and older underwent 3.3 million cosmetic procedures last year, a rise of 4 percent over the previous year. And 2.4 million procedures were performed on people in their 30s, an increase of 4 percent.
Nice to see that women don’t want saggy tits, or empty tobacco pouches as one commenter had her breasts described before she had the puppies enhanced.