Demand for Plastic Surgery Rebounds by Almost 9%


The demand for plastic surgery procedures increased almost 9% last year, according to statistics released today by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). The ASAPS, which has collected multispecialty procedural statistics since 1997, says the overall number of cosmetic procedures has increased 155% since the tracking of the statistics first began. Almost 9.5 million cosmetic surgical and nonsurgical procedures were performed in the United States in 2010. The most frequently performed surgical procedure was breast augmentation and the most popular nonsurgical procedure was injections of Botulinum Toxin Type A (including Botox and Dysport).

"These numbers mirror what we have been hearing across the country this past year,” says Felmont Eaves III, MD, ASAPS president. "Patients who put off surgery because of uncertainty in the economy and the job market are coming back for tried and true procedures. Growth in demand will likely continue as the recession eases and baby boomers and their offspring begin to explore surgical and nonsurgical options."

Cosmetic surgical procedures increased almost 9%, with more than 1.6 million procedures in 2010. Surgical procedures accounted for 17% of the total numbers of procedure performed, representing 61% of total expenditures. The top five surgical procedures were:

  • Breast augmentation (318,123)
  • Liposuction (289,016)
  • Eyelid surgery (152,123)
  • Abdominoplasty (144,929)
  • Breast Reduction (138,152)

Cosmetic minimally invasive procedures decreased almost 9%, with nearly 8 million procedures in 2010. Nonsurgical procedures accounted for 83% of the total number of procedures performed representing 39% of total expenditures. The top five minimally invasive procedures were:

  • Botulinum Toxin Type A (2,437,165 procedures)
  • Hyaluronic acid (1,315,121 procedures)
  • Laser hair removal (936,270 procedures)
  • Laser skin resurfacing (562,706 procedures)
  • Chemical peel (493,896 procedures)

Women had almost 8.6 million cosmetic procedures, 92% of the total. The number of cosmetic procedures for women increased more than 164% from 1997. The top five surgical procedures for women were: breast augmentation, liposuction, breast reduction, abdominoplasty and eyelid surgery.

Men had more than 750,000 cosmetic procedures, 8% of the total. The number of cosmetic procedures for men increased more than 88% from 1997. The top five surgical procedures for men were: liposuction, rhinoplasty, eyelid surgery, breast reduction to treat enlarged male breasts and cosmetic ear surgery.

Americans spent nearly $10.7 billion on cosmetic procedures in 2010. Of that total almost $6.6 billion was spent on surgical procedures; $1.9 billion was spent on injectable procedures; $1.8 billion was spent on skin rejuvenation procedures; and almost $500 million was spent on other nonsurgical procedures including laser hair removal and laser treatment of leg veins.

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