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

Posted: May 4, 2010
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Cosmetic surgical procedures decreased 9%, with more than 1.5 million procedures in 2009. Surgical procedures are down 20% since 2000. The top five surgical procedures in 2009 were:

  • Breast augmentation (289,000)
  • Nose reshaping (256,000)
  • Eyelid surgery (203,000)
  • Liposuction (198,000)
  • Tummy tuck (115,000)

"It would seem, as innovations in cosmetic minimally invasive procedures increase, surgery will continue to decrease," added McGuire. "However, as the economy rebounds, more patients and boomers will continue to seek surgical body contouring procedures (liposuction, tummy tuck), eyelid surgery and breast augmentations. In fact, breast augmentations are up 36% since 2000. Silicone implants are now used in 50% of all breast augmentations."

Echoing McGuire's words, new consumer data from an online survey conducted in March by Harris Interactive on behalf of RealSelf.com found America's interest in cosmetic procedures to be on the rise. According to the survey, more adults would choose to have "work done" if money was not an issue in the first quarter of 2010 (69%), as compared to fourth quarter 2009 (54%)—an increase of 15%. There is also high interest for "Mommy Makeover"-type procedures: more than one in four (29%) of those who would get cosmetic work done if money were not an issue would have a tummy tuck, 23% liposuction, and 15% a breast lift. Eyelid surgery was the top procedure for those planning to have a cosmetic surgical procedure within the next 12 months (27%). Laser hair removal was the top procedure for those planning a minimally invasive procedure within the next 12 months (23%).

Reconstructive plastic surgery, which improves function and appearance to abnormal structures, increased 5% in 2009. The top five reconstructive procedures in 2009 were:

  • Tumor removal (3.9 million)
  • Laceration repair (332,000)
  • Scar revision (171,000)
  • Hand surgery (110,000)
  • Maxillofacial surgery (90,000)

"Reconstructive plastic surgery is an important part of what we do," said McGuire. "We know that 70% of women eligible for breast reconstruction after cancer are not aware of their reconstructive options. We would like to see this change to the point that we can report this procedure is now among the top five reconstructive procedures."