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Letter to the Editor
July 2002

Economics of Aesthetic Surgery

Author Affiliations

436 N Roxbury Dr, #207
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
The Newbury Center
69 Newbury St
Boston, MA 02116

 

436 N Roxbury Dr, #207
 Beverly Hills, CA 90210


 

The Newbury Center
 69 Newbury St
 Boston, MA 02116


Arch Facial Plast Surg. 2002;4(3):200. doi:

I read the article by Alsaraff et al1 with great interest and am pleased that the authors attempted to build on my previous work examining the economics of aesthetic surgery. I am concerned, however, by their assumptions, methods, analysis, and conclusions.

The authors argue that since aesthetic surgery is a luxury good, increased prices inexorably lead to increased demand and revenues. Before the authors and their readers embark on a campaign of radical price increases and plan early retirement, I would suggest a careful review of the processes the authors used to arrive at this conclusion.

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