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Latest News News Archive Cosmetic surgery sees 12% rise

Cosmetic Procedures Increase by 12% in 2013

Society releases annual Cosmetic Surgery National Data Bank

American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
March 20, 2014

The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) today released its 17th annual multi-specialty statistics, which indicated an overall increase of 12% in cosmetic procedures performed in the United States in 2013. More than 11 million cosmetic surgical and nonsurgical procedures were performed by board-certified plastic surgeons, dermatologists and otolaryngologists in the United States.

More than $12 billion was spent on cosmetic surgical and nonsurgical procedures in 2013. Of that total, over $7 billion was spent on surgical procedures and over $5 billion on nonsurgical procedures.

Liposuction becomes the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure in 2013

Liposuction replaced breast augmentation in 2013 as the most frequently performed cosmetic surgical procedure. The number of liposuction procedures increased by 16% over the previous year.

The Top 5 Cosmetic Surgical Procedures in 2013 were:

  • Liposuction (363,912 procedures)
  • Breast Augmentation (313,327)
  • Eyelid Surgery (161,389)
  • Tummy Tuck (160,077)
  • Nose Surgery (147,966)

"The numbers do not come as a surprise," said Jack Fisher, M.D., ASAPS President. "Technological advances, less-invasive procedures, greater accessibility are making aesthetic procedures, surgical and nonsurgical, far more attractive to the public at-large. Further, the rebounding economy is encouraging people to start investing in themselves once again."

Buttock augmentation and labiaplasty took the top spots for the most significant increases in number of procedures performed. Buttock augmentation increased by 58% while labiaplasty saw a 44% increase in 2013 compared to 2012.

Women had more than 10.3 million cosmetic procedures, or 90.6% of the total. The number of cosmetic procedures for women has increased more than 471% since 1997. The top five surgical procedures for women in 2013 were breast augmentation, liposuction, tummy tuck, breast lift and eyelid surgery.

Men had more than 1 million cosmetic procedures, amounting to 9.4% of the total. The number of cosmetic procedures for men has increased more than 273% since 1997. The top five surgical procedures for men in 2013 were liposuction, eyelid surgery, nose surgery, male breast reduction and ear surgery.

Botulinum toxin remains most popular nonsurgical cosmetic procedure in 2013

Botulinum toxin (including Botox, Dysport and Xeomin) remained the most frequently performed noninvasive procedure and increased 15.6% in 2013. Nonsurgical procedures increased by 13.1%, with a total of 9.5 million procedures.

The Top 5 Nonsurgical Procedures in 2013 were:

  • Botulinum Toxin (3,766,148 procedures)
  • Hyaluronic Acid (1,872,172)
  • Hair Removal (901,571)
  • Microdermabrasion (479,865)
  • Photo Rejuvenation (456,613)

In 2013, more than $2.5 billion was spent on injectables. Almost $1.9 billion was spent on skin rejuvenation.

"A significant increase in the number of both cosmetic surgical and non-surgical procedures suggests that people are once again investing in their appearance and perhaps have more disposable income to do so. Given the state of the economy and the competitiveness of the job market, we expect to see the numbers for anti-aging procedures continue to increase," said Michael Edwards, M.D., ASAPS President-Elect.

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