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Cosmetic Procedures Increase for 3rd Year in a Row

March 15th, 2013 Miguel A. Delgado Jr, MD

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) has reported statistics for 2012 stating that cosmetic plastic surgery procedures performed in the United States has increased 5% since 2011. This makes three consecutive years that there has been an overall growth.

The significant rise in the plastic surgery industry is fueled by minimally-invasive procedures, where the cosmetic surgical procedures remained fairly stable. Many patients who start with the minimally-invasive procedures advance to more invasive ones as needed.

ASPS reports that the top five minimally invasive procedures were:
•    Botox and Dysport (6.1 million procedures, up 8 percent)
•    Soft tissue fillers, such as Restylane, Juvederm, Radiesse, etc. (2 million procedures, up 5 percent)
•    Chemical peel (1.1 million procedures, up 2 percent)
•    Laser hair removal (1.1 million procedures, up 4 percent)
•    Microdermabrasion (974,000 procedures, up 8 percent)
For cosmetic surgical procedures, there was an overall decrease of 2 percent, with nearly 1.6 million procedures in 2012. The top five surgical procedures were:
•    Breast augmentation (286,000 procedures, down 7 percent)
•    Nose reshaping (243,000 procedures, no change)
•    Liposuction (202,000 procedures, down 1 percent)
•    Eyelid surgery (204,000 procedures, up 4 percent)
•    Facelift (126,000 procedures, up 6 percent)
Note the large increase in eyelid surgery and facelifts, most believe this is attributed to the ongoing competition in the workforce and the high number of retiring baby boomers.
Interestingly the number one surgical procedure, breast augmentation is down 7% while male breast reduction (gynecomastia) shot up 5% for 2012.

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