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Houston Plastic Surgeon Seeing Growth in Aesthetic Enhancement Procedures Despite Rough Economy
Date:10/16/2009

Although tough economic times have hit virtually every major section of American business, Dr. Philip Straka, a plastic surgeon in Houston, says he’s actually seeing an increase in aesthetic enhancement procedures such as breast augmentation surgery.

(Vocus) October 16, 2009 -- The recession may be hitting a large number of economic sectors, but one area plastic surgeon says its effects are not as readily apparent on the numbers of people who undergo certain aesthetic enhancement procedures. In fact, Dr. Philip Straka, the director of a Houston plastic surgery practice, says procedures such as breast augmentation with implants seem to be more popular than ever.

Earlier this year, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery released the results of a study conducted to determine recent levels of surgical and non-surgical aesthetic enhancement procedures performed in the United States. The survey found a 162 percent increase in procedures since the first study was performed in 1997. More than 10.2 million people, both men and women, had some type of cosmetic enhancement last year in the U.S. alone. The study indicated the number-one surgical enhancement procedure was breast augmentation, followed by liposuction. On the non-surgical front, the top procedure was BOTOX® Cosmetic. Dr. Straka says, particularly with breast augmentation in Houston, the rough economic climate does not seem to be preventing many individuals from considering visiting a pl
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