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Liposuction No Longer the Most Popular Surgical Procedure According to New Statistics
Date:3/16/2009

American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Reports 10.2 Million Cosmetic Procedures in 2008

NEW YORK, March 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Over 10.2 million cosmetic surgical and nonsurgical procedures were performed in the United States in 2008, according to statistics released today by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. The Aesthetic Society, after collecting multi-specialty procedural statistics since 1997, says the overall number of cosmetic procedures has increased 162 percent since the collection of the statistics first began. The most frequently performed nonsurgical procedure was Botox injections and the most popular surgical procedure was breast augmentation.

"For the first time in the twelve years these statistics have been collected, liposuction is a runner up in popularity to breast augmentation. There is no doubt that this turnabout will generate discussions in the medical community and the public at large," Alan Gold, MD, Aesthetic Society president, reflected. "Changes in fashion, i.e. decolletage baring styles, might be a factor behind this change."

TRENDS AND DEMOGRAPHIC DATA

    Top surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic procedures among men and women in 2008:
    _______________________________________________________________________
    Surgical              # procedures       Nonsurgical        # procedures
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Breast Augmentation:      355,671        Botox                 2,464,123
    Lipoplasty (liposuction)  341,144        Laser Hair Removal    1,280,964
    Eyelid Surgery            195,104        Hyaluronic Acid       1,262,848
    Rhinoplasty               152,434         (including Hylaform,
    Abdominoplasty            147,392         Juvederm, Perlane/Restylane)
                                             Chemical Peel           591,808
                                             Laser Skin Resurfacing  570,880

    Top cosmetic procedures for WOMEN: ________________________________________________________________________
    Surgical             # procedures        Nonsurgical       # procedures
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Breast augmentation       355,671        Botox                 2,239,024
    Lipoplasty                309,692        Hyaluronic Acid       1,200,420
    Eyelid surgery            166,426         (including Hylaform,
    Abdominoplasty            143,005         Juvederm, Perlane/Restylane)
    Breast Reduction          139,926        Laser Hair Removal    1,101,255
                                             Chemical Peel           554,492
                                             Laser Skin Resurfacing  532,008
    ________________________________________________________________________

Women had almost 92 percent of cosmetic procedures. The number of procedures (surgical and nonsurgical) performed on women was over 9.3 million, a decrease of over 11 percent from the previous year. Surgical procedures decreased 15 percent; nonsurgical procedures decreased by 11 percent. Since 1997, surgical procedures increased 104 percent, while nonsurgical procedures have increased 233 percent.

    Top cosmetic procedures for MEN:
    ________________________________________________________________________
    Surgical             # procedures        Nonsurgical       # procedures
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Liposuction                31,453        Botox injection         225,099
    Rhinoplasty                30,174        Laser hair removal      179,708
    Eyelid Surgery             28,678        Hyaluronic Acid          62,428
    Gynecomastia               19,124         (including Hylaform,
    Hair transplantation       18,062         Juvederm, Perlane/Restylane)
                                             IPL laser treatment      46,887
                                             Microdermabrasion        39,824
    ________________________________________________________________________


Men had over 8 percent of cosmetic procedures. The number of procedures (surgical and nonsurgical) performed on men was over 800,000 a decrease of over 21 percent from the previous year. Surgical procedures decreased 18 percent; nonsurgical procedures decreased 22 percent. Since 1997, surgical procedures have decreased over 15 percent while nonsurgical procedures have increased 239 percent.

    Frequency of cosmetic procedures by AGE GROUP:
    ________________________________________________________________________
    % of     Age      # procedures     Top surgical         Top nonsurgical
    total                               procedure              procedure
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------
    45%     35-50      4.6 million     Liposuction               Botox
    26%     51-64      2.7 million    Eyelid Surgery             Botox
    22%     19-34      2.2 million   Breast augmentation   Laser Hair Removal
    6%    65 and over    634,667      Eyelid Surgery             Botox
    2%    18 and under   160,283       Rhinoplasty         Laser Hair Removal
    ________________________________________________________________

Racial and Ethnic Distribution

Racial and ethnic minorities accounted for 20 percent of all cosmetic procedures in 2008. Hispanics again led minority racial and ethnic groups in the number of procedures: Hispanics, 8 percent; African-Americans, 6 percent; Asians, 4 percent; and other non-Caucasians, 2 percent.

Location and Fees

Over fifty-three percent (53 percent) of cosmetic procedures in 2008 were performed in office-based facilities; 26 percent in freestanding surgicenters; and 19 percent in hospitals. Americans spent just under $12 billion on cosmetic procedures; $7.2 billion was for surgical procedures, and $4.6 billion was for nonsurgical procedures.

About the ASAPS Cosmetic Surgery National Data Bank

ASAPS, working with an independent research firm, compiled the 12-year national data for procedures performed 1997-2008. A paper-based questionnaire was mailed to 16,000 Board-Certified physicians (6,000 Dermatologists, 6,000 Otolaryngologists, and 4,000 Plastic Surgeons). A total of 894 completed and valid responses (461 Plastic Surgeons, 277 Dermatologists, and 156 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 23,600 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 +/- 3.21% at a 95% level of confidence.

PLEASE CREDIT THE AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR AESTHETIC PLASTIC SURGERY (ASAPS) WHEN CITING STATISTICAL DATA. The 2400-member American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) is the leading organization of plastic surgeons certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) who specialize in cosmetic surgery of the face and body. Toll-free referral line: 1-888-ASAPS-11 (272-7711). Web site: www.surgery.org.


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