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Cosmetic Surgery in the United States on the Rise

Posted: March 20, 2006

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The report also lists the top five minimally invasive cosmetic procedures:

  1. Botox: 3,839,387
  2. Chemical peel: 1,033,581
  3. Microdermabrasion: 837,711
  4. Laser hair removal: 782,732
  5. Sclerotherapy (includes injectable wrinkle fillers): 589,768

The most common reconstructive surgeries were:

  1. Tumor removal: 3,936,405
  2. Laceration (cut) repair: 344,231
  3. Scar revision: 181,011
  4. Hand surgery: 171,972
  5. Breast reduction: 114,250

Data came from a national online database for plastic surgery procedures and from an annual survey sent to more than 17,000 board-certified specialists in specialties most likely to perform plastic surgery.

Different groups, different data

The three most commonly requested cosmetic surgeries varied by ethnic group:

  • Blacks: Nose reshaping, liposuction, and breast reduction
  • Asian Americans: Nose reshaping, eyelid surgery, and breast augmentation
  • Hispanics: Breast augmentation, liposuction, and nose reshaping