2008 ASAPS Procedural Statistics

Every year, ASAPS – the pre-eminent organization for aesthetic plastic surgeons – compiles statistics on common plastic surgery operations and trends in surgery. The latest report, on last year’s surgical activity, was released today, and includes figures from Board-certified Plastic Surgeons, Dermatologists and Otolaryngologists (Ear, Nose & Throat).

Here are some of the highlights:

– In 2008, over 10 million cosmetic procedures (both surgical and nonsurgical) were performed. This was divided into 1.7 million surgical procedures and 8.4 million non-surgical procedures (botox, fillers, etc.)

– Not unexpectedly given the economy, these numbers are down somewhat compared to the previous year – by about 12 percent overall.

– The top 5 surgical procedures in 2008 were: breast augmentation (355,000), liposuction (341,000), eyelid surgery (195,000), rhinoplasty (152,000) and abdominoplasty (147,000).

– The top 5 non-surgical procedures in 2008 were: Botox injection (2.4 million), laser hair removal (1.2 million), hyaluronic gel fillers like Juvederm and Restylane (1.2 million), chemical peel (591,000) and laser skin resurfacing (570,000).

– Women had 92% of the total, men 8%.

– The most popular operation for women overall was breast augmentation, while the most popular for men was liposuction.

– 62% of women and 51% of men approve of cosmetic surgery. Forty percent of women would consider surgery for themselves, either now or in the future.

The full report can be viewed at www.surgery.org.

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