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Your face – and body – tell the story of your life – the good, the bad, the successes and failures. You can”t erase time, but many Americans have joined Hollywood”s quest for perfection. Or at the very least, they”re attempting to turn back the clock.

The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reports 10 million cosmetic procedures in 2009, just a two percent drop from the previous year despite the recession. As the economy turns back, baby boomers and their offspring continue to explore surgical options to create a bigger (or smaller), better – and ultimately younger look.

Breast Augmentation
Women make up more than 90 percent of those going under the knife, and their most popular plastic surgery is breast augmentation. Just about half of breast procedures are done for purely cosmetic reasons. Decisions to be made with your doctor include implant shape (round or teardrop), surface (smooth or textured), size and volume (cup size), placement (above or below muscle) and incision area (armpit, areola, breast or belly button). A recent study followed up with women 10 years after their breast augmentation surgery and found that 96 percent of women with saline-filled implants stated they were satisfied and would make the same choice again. Surgeon fees for terrific tatas range from $3,500 to $5,600 and patients can expect one to two weeks of downtime.

With seven board-certified plastic surgeons, Gwinnett Medical Center offers a full range of cosmetic surgery procedures. "Patients come in for everything from liposuction to rhinoplasty to breast reconstruction and the list continues to expand," says Dr. David Whiteman, MD, chief of plastic surgery at GMC. "But as of now, no cosmetic procedure has surpassed breast augmentation in popularity just yet." Whiteman also noted that male breast reduction, the surgical correction of enlarged breasts – a condition that can affect men of any age, even teenage boys and athletes – is growing in popularity.

In the 35-50 crowd, lipo – fat removal in isolated areas like abdomen, arms or thighs – is the most popular cosmetic procedure. It”s often an option to get rid of "love handles" and small areas of excess abdominal fat in women (and men too) that work out and lead a healthy lifestyle. It is not an option for obese patients desiring removal of a large area of fat. Surprisingly, lipo does not get rid of cellulite. Surgeon fees are $2,800 to $3,000. You”ll be back to work in one to two weeks.

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