Plastic Surgery Procedures Statistics in 2007

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March 25 2008

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The Numbers Tell the Story: Cosmetic Surgery Continues to Rebound in U.S.

For the second consecutive year, cosmetic surgery continued to make a comeback in the United States in 2007, when 11.7 million surgical and nonsurgical procedures were performed, according to statistics released by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). That number represents a 2% increase over the total number of cosmetic procedures (11.4 million) performed in 2006. The all-time high figure was 11.8 million back in 2004.

A number of trends are apparent from the plastic surgery statistics, including the fact that aesthetic plastic surgery is not defined by gender or race. "The number of surgical and nonsurgical procedures performed on men increased 17% since last year, and 22% of the aesthetic procedures were performed on traditional racial and ethnic minorities," explains ASAPS president Foad Nahai, MD.

Women still make up the majority (91%) of plastic surgery patients, accounting for 10.6 of the 11.7 million procedures performed, but men are picking up momentum. Their 1.1 million cosmetic procedures added up to an increase of 17% over 2006, while the number of cosmetic procedures for women increased by just 1% in the same period.

Among racial and ethnic minorities, Hispanics led the way at 9%, followed by African-Americans (6%), Asians (5%), and other non-Caucasians (2%).

Top 5 Plastic Surgery procedures in 2007

Overall, the top 5 surgical cosmetic procedures in 2007 were liposuction, breast augmentation, eyelid surgery, abdominoplasty and breast reduction. Coming in on top in the nonsurgical cosmetic category were Botox injections, hyaluronic acid injections, laser hair removal, microdermabrasion, and IPL (intense pulsed light) treatments.

Most Popular Plastic Surgery Procedures For Women:

  • Breast augmentation
  • Liposuction
  • Eyelid surgery
  • Abdominoplasty
  • Breast reduction

Most Popular Plastic Surgery Procedures For Men:

  • Liposuction
  • Eyelid surgery
  • Rhinoplasty
  • Breast reduction to treat gynecomastia
  • Hair transplantation. 

Nonsurgical procedures continued to gain in popularity, nudging up by 1%, while surgical procedures gained 8%. The most frequently performed procedure overall was Botox injections (24% of total procedures), and the most popular surgical procedure was liposuction (4%).

The bill for all these cosmetic procedures came to $13.1 billion, or $1 billion more than the previous year.

The procedures break down by age as follows: people between 35 and 50 had the most (5.4 million, or 46% of the total), followed by the 51 to 64 year olds (25%), 19 to 34 (21%), 65 and over (6%) and 18 and younger (2%).

More than half (54%) of cosmetic procedures were performed in an office facility. Freestanding surgical centers accounted for 29%, with the remaining 17% performed in hospitals.

Since ASAPS started compiling annual data in 1997, there has been a 457% increase in the total number of cosmetic procedures. Surgical procedures have increased by 114%, while nonsurgical procedures have surged by a whopping 754%.

The 2007 ASAPS data was compiled from 12,000 surveys sent to surgeons certified by American Board of Medical Specialties boards in plastic surgery, dermatology or otolaryngology.