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ASPS Stats Indicate Long-term Growth, Pinpoint Top Minimally Invasive Procedures

Posted: May 4, 2010

The following information is useful if yours is a medical spa trying to forecast growth during the upcoming years or a spa considering bringing medical spa services into the mix.

Although it's been a sluggish year for plastic surgery due to the economy, the long-term outlook is more encouraging. According to statistics released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), 12.5 million cosmetic plastic surgery procedures were performed in the United States in 2009, down 1% from 2008; up 69% since 2000. Nearly 5.2 million reconstructive plastic surgery procedures were performed last year.

"The industry has experienced some economic downturn during the later part of the decade due to the recession, but, overall, plastic surgery has seen growth in the first decade of the new millennium," said ASPS president Michael McGuire, MD. "The current economic climate will likely not have an impact on long-term growth. The largest contributor to the increase in procedures over the past decade has been the advent of injectable wrinkle fighters and other minimally invasive procedures."

Cosmetic minimally invasive procedures increased 1%, to nearly 11 million procedures in 2009. Minimally invasive procedures are up 99% since 2000. The top five minimally invasive procedures in 2009 were:

"Skin is in," said McGuire. "Chemical peels and soft tissue fillers like hyaluronic acid are up 9%, microdermabrasion is up 8%—these are the procedures that patients are opting for despite the economy."