New Statistics Released by the ASPS

Despite an overall sluggish economic year, the plastic surgery industry is still going strong. According to the new 2011 statistics released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), more than 13.5 million cosmetic procedures were performed this past year, up 5 percent from 2010.

Of the 13.5 million procedures performed in 2011, over 12 million were considered non-surgical cosmetic treatments, up 5 percent from the previous year. Non-surgical cosmetic treatments were up 123% from the year 2000. The top five non-surgical cosmetic treatments in 2011 were:

  • Botulinum Toxin Type A (5.6 million)
  • Soft Tissue Fillers (1.8 million)
  • Chemical Peel (1.1 million)
  • Laser Hair Removal (1 million)
  • Microdermabrasion (900,439)

Cosmetic surgical procedures also saw an increase in 2011. Surgical procedures were up 2 percent from the previous year. However, surgical procedures in general, were down 17 percent since the year 2000. The top five surgical procedures in 2011 were:

  • Breast Augmentation (307,180)
  • Rhinoplasty (243,772)
  • Liposuction(204,702)
  • Eyelid surgery (196,286)
  • Facelift (119,026)

Some other notable trends included chin augmentation, which saw a 71 percent increase from 2010. Cheek implants, pectoral implants and buttock implants also saw significant increases this past year, each climbing over 40 percent from 2010.

The most notable decrease in non-surgical cosmetic treatments were collagen fillers, which saw more than a 50% decrease in popularity from 2010 to 2011. As for surgical procedures, lower body lifts saw the most significant decrease, down 21 percent from 2010.

The numbers appear to speak for themselves. Cosmetic plastic surgery is more popular than ever, despite a precarious economic climate, with minimally invasive procedures leading the pack.

Learn more about non-surgical cosmetic treatments in Seattle.

New Plastic Surgery Stats Show More Men Undergoing Facelifts, Liposuction

increase in plastic surgery for menAging baby boomers who want to look their best and stay competitive in the job market have led to an increase in men undergoing plastic surgery.

According to statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, cosmetic surgery procedures in men were up 2 percent in 2010 compared to 2009, and some surgical procedures showed significant increases, including facelifts, up 14 percent, and liposuction, up 7 percent.

Dr. Phillip Haeck, the society’s president, said the increase in facelifts is largely driven by men in their 50s and 60s.

“That’s the leading edge of the baby boomers,” he said. “These are really fit people who have paid a lot of attention to keeping their bodies in shape.” But, he said, they’re getting a “turkey neck,” which is something exercise won’t get rid of.

“This generation has paid a lot of attention to how they look, and they don’t want to grow old gracefully,” he added.

Haeck has had men come in for procedures because they want to appear younger while looking for work. He said men have told him: “You’ve got to do something to help me because I need a job and I’m afraid I’m going to lose out because people are going to think I look too old.”

By volume, nose surgery remained the number one surgical procedure for men, and Botulinum Toxin Type A (Botox, Dysport) was the top non-surgical procedure. Here are the top five procedures for men:

2010 Top Five Male Cosmetic Surgical Procedures

  1. Nose Reshaping
  2. Eyelid Surgery
  3. Liposuction
  4. Breast Reduction in Men
  5. Hair Transplantation

2010 Top Five Male Minimally-Invasive Procedures

  1. Botulinum Toxin Type A
  2. Laser Hair Removal
  3. Microdermabrasion
  4. Chemical Peel
  5. Soft Tissue Fillers

Plastic Surgery is Up 5% in 2010 According to ASPS Stats

ASPS 2010 plastic surgery statsJust over 13 million cosmetic plastic surgery procedures were performed in 2010 in the United States, according to statistical data released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). The new stats showed a 5 percent increase in cosmetic procedures from 2009.

ASPS links the increase in cosmetic procedures to the rise in consumer confidence. “The financial markets are at a two year high, we’re seeing a double digit increase in the percentage of auto sales over a year ago, and as the aging population continues to grow, people are investing in plastic surgery procedures to help stay competitive in the workplace,â? said Phillip Haeck, MD, ASPS President.

Cosmetic Surgical Procedures

Cosmetic surgical procedures increased 2 percent last year. Two procedures that saw significant increases were face lifts (up 9 percent, after not experiencing growth since 2007) and body contouring procedures, with a large number of those coming after massive weight loss.

The top five surgical procedures were as follows:

“There’s some pent up demand for cosmetic surgical procedures. People have waited a couple of years or more to have procedures, until their finances were at least somewhat back in order. But, all indications are, more consumers are again willing to spend more to look better,” Dr. Haeck said of the increases.

Non-surgical Procedures

Non-surgical cosmetic procedures increased 5 percent in 2010, with the top five procedures as follows:

  • Botulinum toxin type A
  • Soft tissue fillers
  • Chemical peel
  • Laser hair removal
  • Microdermabrasion

“Injectables have remained robust despite the economy,” said Dr. Haeck. “Botox® and Dysport® injections are up 12 percent, while, interestingly, fat injections are up 14 percent, which could reflect how a patient’s own fat is being used in more creative ways to rejuvenate the face and body.”

For more information, view the 2010 Report from ASPS with statistics on both cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery procedures.

The Latest Trends in Facial Plastic Surgery

Trends in Facial Plastic SurgeryFacial plastic surgery data from 2010 showed that three fourths of the procedures performed were non-surgical, highlighting the trend toward less-invasive treatments. The survey results came from the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS).

Other highlights from the survey included:

  • A 45 percent increase in the number of facial procedures performed annually over the last two years
  • A 16 percent increase in non-surgical facial procedures in the past two years

â??Non-surgical procedures are an excellent option for some people, with the added benefits of lower costs and shorter recovery time; two things that are consistently important to those considering facial plastic surgery, said Dr. Jonathan M. Sykes. We have been seeing a trend over the past few years that people who want to look and feel younger and rejuvenated are turning to non-surgical, less invasive procedures to obtain the refreshed look they want.

The most common non-surgical facial procedures last year, according to the AAFPRS, were Botox and hyaluronic acid injections, such as Restylane or Juvederm, while the most popular facial surgical procedures were rhinoplasty, facelift and eyelid surgery.

Women received the majority of facial procedures â?? 83 percent of all surgical and non-surgical facial procedures in 2010 were performed on women.

The top surgical procedures for women between the ages of 35 and 60 were brow lifts, facelifts and eyelid surgery, while a nose job was the top surgical procedure performed on younger women (under 35).

For men, Botox, hyaluronic acid injections, nose jobs and hair transplants were the most common facial procedures performed last year.

Surgeons surveyed also reported an increase in ethnic patients: two out of five surgeons said they had an increase in their Asian American and Hispanic patients in 2010.

For more information on the survey and results, visit

Plastic Surgery Statistics Reveal Worldwide Trends

Woman smilingThe International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) has released the first reliable international plastic surgery data ever surveyed, which was obtained and analyzed by independent statistical specialists.

The survey found that the United States had more surgical and non-surgical procedures performed than any other country in 2009. There were some surprises in the top 5 countries, however, which included countries with emerging economies:

  1. United States (17.5% of total procedures)
  2. Brazil (14.3%)
  3. China (12.7%)
  4. India (5.2%)
  5. Mexico (4.8%)

“It is no surprise to me that the United States has the largest number of aesthetic procedures, and same with Brazil,” says ISAPS President Foad Nahai, MD, a plastic surgeon in Atlanta. “But countries like China and India with emerging economies are generating a lot wealth and as that wealth is passed around, people are choosing to their spend discretionary income on aesthetic procedures.”

The survey also revealed that liposuction was the top surgical procedure, representing almost 19 percent of all plastic surgeries in 2009. It was followed by breast augmentation (17%); eyelid lift (13.5%); rhinoplasty (9.4%); and tummy tuck (7.3%).

The number of non-surgical procedures topped the number of surgical procedures, â??reflecting both advances in cosmetic surgery innovation and the desirability of less expensive treatments, according to ISAPS.

The top five non-surgical procedures were:

  1. Toxins or neuromodulators injections (Botox, Dysport) (32.7%)
  2. Hyaluronic acid injections (20.1%)
  3. Laser hair removal (13.1%)
  4. Autologous fat injections (5.9%)
  5. IPL laser treatment (4.4%)

However, the top procedures do vary among countries. “It is not always liposuction and breast augmentation that are No. 1,” says Dr. Nahai. For instance, injectables are not yet as popular in other countries as they are in the U.S., he says.

A full report of the statistics is available on the ISAPS website.

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