05/10/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Surgical Cosmetic Procedures Dropped 17 Percent In 2009 Due To The Recession

The number of "cosmetic-surgery procedures" in America dropped two percent last year, the Wall Street Journal reports, with 10 million surgical and nonsurgical procedures in 2009, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

Surgical procedures like tummy tucks and rhinoplasties dropped 17 percent, while nonsurgical procedures, like Botox went up 0.6 percent. The study found there were less elective cosmetic surgeries because of the recession.

Breast augmentation was the most popular procedure (311,957 patients) with liposuction coming in second (283,735 patients). And two procedures--buttock lifts and buttock augmentations--are on the rise.