Experts suggest that the increase in demand for cosmetic surgery and non-surgical cosmetic treatments is being accompanied by ongoing improvements in the safety and efficacy of procedures.
According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (Asaps), nearly 11.5 million cosmetic surgery procedures were performed in the US last year.
Among the most popular procedures are those that transfer a person's fat from one part of the body to another using a cannula similar to those used during liposuction (http://www.privatehealth.co.uk/index.asp?pgid=3012).
Companies that manufacture such devices have noticed that the rise in demand for surgery has been accompanied by increased demand from surgeons for reliable equipment.
Richard Burgoon, COO of disposable cannula manufacturer Tulip Biomed, commented: "Industry statistics, as well as our own research, show that while non-surgical procedures are on the rise, so are the number of plastic surgeons eager to obtain instrumentation that fit their medical needs, improve procedural outcome, decrease post-trauma effect and, at the same time, reduce liability concerns."
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