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2011 ASPS Plastic Surgery Statistics

Posted February 17, 2012 in News, Plastic Surgery

woman on beach in white bikiniThe American Society of Plastic Surgeons has released the first round of its 2011 plastic surgery statistics reports. According to ASPS results, the number of cosmetic plastic surgery procedures that were performed in 2011 increased by 2 percent since 2010. The number of reconstructive plastic surgery procedures increased by 5 percent and the number of cosmetic minimally-invasive proceduresincreased by six percent from the previous year. In this blog post, the staff at our San Francisco plastic surgery practice takes a closer look at the top 10 procedures that were performed in these three categories.

Cosmetic Plastic Surgery: 1.6 Million Procedures

A major change has taken place in the top five procedures in the cosmetic plastic surgery category. In 2004, facelift was in the top five. In 2005, tummy tuck replaced facelift surgery in the top five and remained there for six years. In 2011, tummy tuck was finally knocked out of the top five and replaced with facelift surgery.

These statistics show significant increases for several cosmetic plastic surgery procedures, including forehead lift surgery (11 percent), dermabrasion (7 percent), and facelift (5 percent). Some procedures saw a decrease in patients, including ear surgery (12 percent), eyelid surgery (6 percent), and rhinoplasty (3 percent).

  • Breast augmentation: 307,000 (4 percent increase)
  • Nose reshaping: 244,000 (3 percent decrease)
  • Liposuction: 205,000 (1 percent increase)
  • Eyelid surgery: 196,000 (6 percent decrease)
  • Facelift: 119,000 (5 percent increase)
  • Tummy tuck: 115,902 (0.5 percent decrease)
  • Breast lift: 90,679 (1 percent increase)
  • Dermabrasion: 73,433 (7 percent increase)
  • Forehead lift: 46,931 (11 percent increase)
  • Ear Surgery: 26,433 (12 percent decrease)

Cosmetic Minimally-invasive: 12.2 million Procedures

Only two of the 10 most popular procedures in the cosmetic minimially-invasive category saw decreases in the number of procedures that were performed: sclerotherapy and chemical peels (3 percent decrease for each treatment). The biggest increases were for cellulite treatment (21 percent) and laser hair removal (15 percent).

  • Botulinum toxin type A: 5.7 million (5 percent increase)
  • Soft tissue fillers: 1.9 million (7 percent increase)
  • Chemical peel: 1.1 million (3 percent decrease)
  • Laser hair removal: 1.1 million (15 percent increase)
  • Microdermabrasion: 900,000 (9 percent increase)
  • Intense pulsed light (IPL): 501,577 (9 percent increase)
  • Laser skin resurfacing: 466,238 (9 percent increase)
  • Sclerotherapy: 355,403 (3 percent decrease)
  • Laser treatment of leg veins: 237,052 (9 percent increase)
  • Cellulite treatment: 37,916 (21 percent increase)

Reconstructive Plastic Surgery: 5.5 Million Procedures

In 2011, the ASPS reported a huge increase (125 percent) in the number of maxillofacial surgery procedures that were performed. It is important to note that in 2011, this number includes facial laceration repair, a procedure that was previously reported as a laceration repair procedure (the 15 percent decrease in the laceration repair procedure also reflects this change).

  • Tumor removal: 4.2 million (3 percent increase)
  • Laceration repair: 303,000 (15 percent decrease)
  • Maxillofacial surgery: 195,000 (125 percent increase)
  • Scar revision: 175,000 (9 percent increase)
  • Hand surgery: 120,000 (13 percent increase)
  • Breast reconstruction: 96,277 (3 percent increase)
  • Breast reduction (reconstructive patients): 63,109 (previous year’s data unavailable)
  • Birth defect reconstruction: 39,207 (14 percent increase)
  • Dog bite repair: 29,863 (9 percent decrease)
  • Burn care: 20,456 (6 percent increase)

If you are interested in undergoing a cosmetic treatment, contact the practice of Kimberly Henry, MD, today.

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