Cosmetic Surgeries to Increase Fivefold in a Few Years

More than 55 million cosmetic surgery procedures will be performed in 2015, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons predicts - more than quadruple the number performed in 2005.

'The specialty will weather the current decline in economic growth just as it has previous declines, such as the stock market correction after the 2001 Internet bubble,' said Dr. Richard D'Amico, president of the Illinois-based group.

'Our concern is that with predicted growth and interest in the broad spectrum of cosmetic procedures, patients will look to the closest, easiest solution,' said Dr. D'Amico.

A survey of 1,000 women released Tuesday by the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS) found that those ages 18 to 34 are 'lax' when it comes to safety. More than half said it wouldn't bother them, for example, if a physician were not present when they underwent a procedure in a medspa.

'There are good and bad medspas out there, and we want the public to be aware, ask questions and always make sure there is a qualified physician doing the procedure. If not, don't have it done,' said Dr. Steven Hopping, a plastic surgeon and president of AACS.

'Power-assisted' liposuction, the 'laser bra breast lift' and the 'short scar face-lift' are among the most popular of the bunch, said Dr. David Stoker, a Los Angeles plastic surgeon who once perfected the 'mommy makeover' for women vexed by the sags of childbearing.