Demand deflates for DDs
BY BILL EGBERT
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Monday, January 5th 2009, 12:42 AM
The bigger-boob business has gone bust.
With the stock market in a tailspin and home values dropping, demand for breast implants is sagging too, city docs say.
"The number of the bigger surgeries has gone down for sure," said Dr. David Shafer, a Manhattan plastic surgeon. Breast enlargement surgery can cost anywhere from $4,000 to more than $10,000.
"People are definitely thinking twice right now," said Dr. Sydney Coleman, another Manhattan surgeon. He said his colleagues in the lucrative field are starting to feel the pinch. "They're complaining about it," he said, "and they don't usually complain."
High-end clinics that specialize in elective cosmetic surgery for wealthy patients are especially vulnerable.
"If the procedure is purely esthetic, it's definitely down," said Dr. Sydney Coleman, whose Manhattan practice does both esthetic and reconstructive surgery.