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Cosmetic Surgery Procedures Increase by 5% in 2010, Says ASPS

Posted: February 9, 2011

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Cosmetic minimally invasive procedures increased 5%, with nearly 11.6 million procedures in 2010. The top five minimally invasive procedures were:

  • Botulinum toxin type A (5.4 million)
  • Soft tissue fillers (1.8 million)
  • Chemical peel (1.1 million)
  • Laser hair removal (938,000)
  • Microdermabrasion (825,000)

"Injectables have remained robust despite the economy," says Haeck. "Botox and Dysport injections are up 12%, while, interestingly, fat injections are up 14%, which could reflect how a patient's own fat is being used in more creative ways to rejuvenate the face and body."

Reconstructive plastic surgery, which improves function and appearance to abnormal structures, increased 2% in 2010. The top five reconstructive procedures were:

  • Tumor removal (4 million)
  • Laceration repair (357,000)
  • Scar revision (161,000)
  • Hand surgery (106,000)
  • Breast reconstruction (93,000)

Breast reconstruction is up 8% in 2010 and is new to the top five reconstructive procedures. It replaces maxillofacial surgery.

"It's been a major goal of the ASPS to increase women's awareness of their breast reconstruction options, so much so that in 2009 the ASPS started a breast reconstruction public education campaign," says Haeck. "It's great that we can report that this procedure is now among the top five reconstructive procedures."