Demand for Plastic Surgery Rebounds by Almost 9%

NEW YORK, NY  –The demand for plastic surgery procedures increased almost 9% last year, according to statistics released today by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. The Aesthetic Society, which has collected multi-specialty procedural statistics since 1997, says the overall number of cosmetic procedures has increased 155 percent 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,” said Felmont EavesIII, MD, Aesthetic Society 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 percent, with over 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:

Cosmetic minimally-invasive procedures decreased almost 9 percent, 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 over 164% from 1997.  The top five surgical procedures for women were: breast augmentation, liposuction, breast reduction, abdominoplasty, and eyelid surgery

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

About the ASAPS Cosmetic Surgery National Data Bank
ASAPS, working with an independent research firm, compiled the 14-year national data for procedures performed 1997-2010.   A paper-based questionnaire was mailed to 22,000 Board-Certified physicians (8,500 Dermatologists, 8,000 Otolaryngologists, and 5,500 Plastic Surgeons).  An online version of the questionnaire was also available to these physicians.  A total of 938 completed and valid responses (420 Plastic Surgeons, 331 Dermatologists, and 187 Otolaryngologists) were received in time for tabulation.

Final figures have been projected to reflect nationwide statistics and are based exclusively on the Board-Certified Plastic Surgeons; Otolaryngologists; and Dermatologists.  The findings have been aggregated and extrapolated to the known population of 24,500 physicians who are Board Certified in these specialties.  Though the confidence intervals change by procedure, depending on the grouping’s sample size and the response variance, the overall survey portion of this research has a standard error of +/- 3.14% at a 95% level of confidence.

The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), is recognized as the world’s leading organization devoted entirely to aesthetic plastic surgery and cosmetic medicine of the face and body.  ASAPS is comprised of over 2,600 Plastic Surgeons; active members are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (USA) or by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and have extensive training in the complete spectrum of surgical and non-surgical aesthetic procedures. International active members are certified by equivalent boards of their respective countries. All members worldwide adhere to a strict Code of Ethics and must meet stringent membership requirements.