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Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Procedures Increased 5% in 2011

Posted: February 21, 2012

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Cosmetic minimally invasive procedures increased 6%, with nearly 12.2 million procedures in 2011. The top five minimally-invasive procedures were the following.

  • Botulinum toxin type A (5.7 million procedures, up 5%)
  • Soft tissue fillers (1.9 million procedures, up 7%)
  • Chemical peel (1.1 million procedures, down 3%)
  • Laser hair removal (1.1 million procedures, up 15%)
  • Microdermabrasion (900,000 procedures, up 9%)

Soft tissue fillers, such as hyaluronic acid (Restylane, Juvederm Ultra, etc.), calcium hydroxylapatite (Radiesse), and fat injections experienced some of the largest growth in the minimally-invasive market during 2011. More than 1.3 million hylauronic acid procedures were performed in 2011, up 9%; 286,000 calcium hydroxylapatite procedures, up 36%; and 68,000 fat injections, up 19%.

Reconstructive plastic surgery, which improves function and appearance to abnormal structures, increased 5% in 2011. The top five reconstructive procedures were the following.

  • Tumor removal (4.2 million, up 3%)
  • Laceration repair (303,000, down 15%)
  • Maxillofacial surgery (195,000, up 125%)
  • Scar revision (175,000, up 9%)
  • Hand surgery (120,000, up 13%)

Breast reconstruction rates continue to rise, with more than 96,000 procedures performed last year, up 3% since 2010.

"While insurance coverage for breast reconstruction is mandated by law, continued strides to provide coverage for other reconstructive procedures has contributed, in part, to the sizable gain that we are seeing with these procedures," said Roth. "Reconstructive surgery is a critical pillar of the specialty, and it is encouraging to see that increasing numbers of patients entrust board-certified plastic surgeons to reconstruct their bodies after disease or trauma."