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Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Procedures Increased 5% in 2011

Posted: February 21, 2012

The plastic surgery market continues to show significant growth - two years in a row. According to statistics released today by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), 13.8 million cosmetic plastic surgery procedures (both surgical and minimally-invasive) were performed in the United States in 2011, up 5% since 2010. In addition, 5.5 million reconstructive plastic surgery procedures were performed last year, up 5%.

"While the rate of economic recovery in the U.S. is still uncertain, 2011 proved to be a good year for plastic surgery," said ASPS president Malcolm Z. Roth, MD. "Consumer confidence was up, auto sales rose 10%, so it is not surprising that we would also see increased demand for plastic surgery procedures."

Cosmetic surgical procedures increased 2%, with nearly 1.6 million procedures in 2011. The top five surgical procedures were the following.

  • Breast augmentation (307,000 procedures, up 4%)
  • Nose reshaping (244,000 procedures, down 3%)
  • Liposuction (205,000 procedures, up 1%)
  • Eyelid surgery (196,000 procedures, down 6%)
  • Face lift (119,000 procedures, up 5%)

Face lifts are among the top five cosmetic surgical procedures for the first time since 2004, replacing tummy tucks. Interestingly, a procedure popular with men, chin augmentation, nearly doubled in 2011, with 21,000 procedures performed, up 71%. Lip augmentation also rose significantly - up 49%, with more than 25,000 procedures performed.

"We are seeing notable increases in surgical procedures, such as face lifts, that reflect the demands of an aging boomer population," said Roth. "However, the overall growth in cosmetic procedures is being primarily driven by a substantial rise in minimally-invasive procedures."