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Dr. Daniel C. Morello


Dr. Morello has been featured on an entire episode of ABC TV's "Extreme Makeover". He has consulted extensively for many television, radio, magazine, and other print media interviews with a partial list including:

  • 60 Minutes
  • The Discovery Channel
  • The Learning Channel
  • Inside Edition
  • Twenty Twenty
  • CNN
  • Allure
  • Better Homes & Gardens
  • Cooking Light
  • The NY Times Sunday Magazine
  • Vogue
  • New York Magazine
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • United Airlines Hemispheres Magazine
  • People
  • Newsweek
  • Time
  • The Las Vegas Sun
  • The Boston Globe
  • The New York Times
  • The Washington Post
  • The Los Angeles Times


Survey Shows Nearly 6.9 Million Cosmetic Procedures in 2002

Daniel C. Morello, MD, is among a group of approximately 1500 board-certified plastic surgeons in the U.S. who, on average, performed the highest volume of cosmetic surgical and nonsurgical procedures nationally in 2002, according to a new survey by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). ASAPS, founded in 1967, is the world's leading organization for cosmetic surgery education and research with members in the U.S., Canada and 28 other countries.

More than 14,000 questionnaires were mailed nationwide to a random sampling of board-certified doctors in three specialties most likely to perform several or more of the 36 top cosmetic procedures. Results of the survey were used to project national data on the number of cosmetic procedures in 2002, which totaled nearly 6.9 million. This figure is a 228% increase compared to the number of cosmetic procedures performed in 1997.

"The results of this survey confirm that Americans continue to view cosmetic plastic surgery as an important way to enhance their quality of life," says Dr. Morello, who is Past President of ASAPS and Chief of Plastic Surgery Emeritus at White Plains Hospital Medical Center.

Not all cosmetic procedures made gains compared to the previous year, but those that did include tummy tuck, up 17%; breast augmentation, up 15%; and facelift, up 6%. The number of botulinum toxin (Botox) procedures increased 4% compared to 2001; since 1997, Botox procedures are up 2400%.


The top five surgical procedures in 2002 were lipoplasty (liposuction), 372,831; breast augmentation, 249,641; eyelid surgery, 229,092; rhinoplasty (nose reshaping), 156,973; and breast reduction (females), 125,614. Breast reduction may be covered by insurance, depending on the terms of the policy and individual patient factors.

Males had 12% of all cosmetic procedures (807,692), females 88% (6,081,857). People ages 35-50 had 44% of all cosmetic procedures. Racial and ethnic minorities including Hispanics, African-Americans and Asians accounted for 19% of the total number of procedures nationwide, up 2% from 2001.

Among all physician groups surveyed, plastic surgeons who are Active Members of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery performed the highest average number of cosmetic procedures per doctor (623 procedures) in 2002. Dr. Morello has been an ASAPS member since 1983, and served as its Millennium President (2000-2001). He is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and specializes in cosmetic surgery of the face and the entire body.

"There are many options in cosmetic surgery today, including minimally invasive procedures with little or no downtime that sometimes can delay the need for more extensive surgery," says Dr. Morello. "A qualified plastic surgeon, especially one who is a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, can help determine which procedure will achieve the best results for each individual."

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