'Fringe' cosmetic surgery procedures rarer than first thought

Cosmetic surgery procedures that are not particularly mainstream are in fact far rarer than was previously thought.

This is the findings of a study by the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, which reveals the media's focus on 'fringe' cosmetic surgery procedures such as penile enlargement and buttock implants are misleading.

In fact, it has found that such operations, despite grabbing headlines, are undertaken far less than more common enhancements.

According to the survey, just 1.6 per cent of patients underwent a cosmetic surgery procedure that was considered uncommon.

Of the less common procedures that had actually been carried out, just over 40 per cent were for eyelash restoration and nearly 30 per cent involved bicep or tricep implants.

Dr Patrick McMenamin, president of the AACS, commented: "This survey highlights that even though there has been increased attention on these procedures, the numbers prove that the trend is minimal at this point in time."

Some 12 million cosmetic surgeries were carried out in the US in 2007, with the most common being breast augmentation, liposuction, nasal surgery and eyelid surgery.

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