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Plastic Surgery Procedures Maintain Steady Growth in 2007
Date:3/25/2008

e tumor removal (3.9 million, down 1 percent), laceration repair (286,000, down 9 percent), scar revision (150,000, down 9 percent), hand surgery (142,000, down 9 percent) and breast reduction (106,000, up 2 percent).

"We wish the number of reconstructive plastic surgery procedures was waning because fewer people are getting sick or injured," said Dr. D'Amico. "Rather, we think it has to do with extenuating circumstances like insurers denying claims and stating medically necessary procedures are cosmetic."

For more statistics from the 2007 National Clearinghouse of Plastic Surgery Report, information on procedures and referrals to ASPS Member Surgeons, visit http://www.plasticsurgery.org.

ASPS procedural statistics are collected through the first online national database for plastic surgery procedures, Tracking Operations and Outcomes for Plastic Surgeons (TOPS). This data, combined with the annual survey sent to American Board of Medical Specialties certified physicians most likely to perform plastic surgery, results in the most comprehensive census on plastic surgery procedures.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons is the largest organization of board-certified plastic surgeons in the world. Representing more than 6,700 physician members, the Society is recognized as a leading authority and information source on cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. ASPS comprises more than 90 percent of all board-certified plastic surgeons in the United States. Founded in 1931, the Society represents physicians certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery or The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.


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