With Most Denver Residents Covered By Health Insurance, Cosmetic Procedures on the Rise

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Plastic surgery is on the rise for Denver residents — and these days, cosmetic procedures focus less on the face and more on the backside.

According to a Feb. 27 KOAA article, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) has found that the number of rear-end lifts and silicone implants nearly doubled between 2013 and 2014. Call it the Kim Kardashian or Nicki Minaj effect — whatever it is, it’s by far the biggest trend in cosmetic surgery.

Denver’s current cosmetic surgery market largely reflects nationwide trends. As is the case across the country, women make up the majority of plastic surgery candidates; about 81% of these procedures were performed on women in 2013. American women, in addition to wanting rear-end augmentations, are increasingly preferring subtle, minimally-invasive facial procedures. Approximately 14 million Botox injections and fillers were administered in 2014, the ASPS found.

Coloradans in particular are turning to these minimally-invasive procedures to reduce the signs of aging, according to Halle Friedman, RN, of Colorado Springs-based Robert Andrews Laser and Medical Aesthetics.

“By having less oxygen in our blood, we seem to not profuse as well on our skin and therefore we have signs of aging at an exponential rate versus other parts of the country,” Friedman told KOAA.

Apart from wanting to look one’s best and maintain a youthful, healthy appearance, Denver residents have another great reason to turn to a cosmetic procedure or two — as 94% of the city is currently covered by health insurance.

According to the Denver Post, the Affordable Care Act’s 2014 implementation brought health care to more than 71,000 people who were previously uninsured. With more affordable access to health care, Denver residents now have more income to put toward cosmetic surgery.

Whatever reason one may have for turning to cosmetic surgery, one thing is clear — Denver might soon become one of the best-looking cities in the entire country.

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