An irregular column highlighting trendlets in the NYT. It someone on your buddylist is doing it too, it must be a trend!
From Anna Bahney, "The Doctor Will See You and Your Party, Now," Sunday Styles, p.8, August 27, 2006:
"American women had about 1.5 million cosmetic surgery procedures in 2005, up 5 percent from 2004, according to data extrapolated from a mail-in survey of doctors conducted by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Most went it alone, and there are no hard numbers on how many underwent surgery together. But doctors interviewed for this article had no difficulty citing examples of me-and-my-pal office visits, or of friends who went thru an operation together as a way of supporting each other."