2011 Statistics on Cosmetic Plastic Surgery from ASAPS

Liposuction was the most popular cosmetic surgery among men and women in 2011, according to the latest statistics from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). Breast augmentation with implants took the No. 2 spot for women, according to the new report.

The data marks the 15th year that ASAPS has tracked procedural statistics among cosmetic doctors. Overall, the number of procedures has increased by a whopping 197 percent since 1997. In 2011, almost 9.2 million cosmetic surgical and nonsurgical procedures were performed in the United States.

The number of cosmetic surgery procedures has increased almost 1 percent since 2010, including more than 1.6 million procedures in 2011. Minimally-invasive procedures actually decreased by nearly 2 percent in the past year. The most popular nonsurgical procedure was injections of Botulinum Toxin Type A, including both Botox and Dysport.

In 2011, the top five surgical procedures were:

  • Liposuction
  • Breast augmentation
  • Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty)
  • Eyelid surgery
  • Breast lift

Breast lift In 2011, the top five minimally-invasive procedures were:

  • Botulinum Toxin Type A
  • Hyaluronic acid-based fillers
  • Laser hair removal
  • Microdermabrasion
  • IPL treatment

Women had almost 8.4 million procedures in 2011, while men had almost 800,000 during the same year. Male plastic surgery has increased by more than 121 percent since 1997.

Follow the Money

Americans spent nearly $10 billion on cosmetic procedures in 2011. Of that total, $6.2 billion was spent on surgical procedures; $1.7 billion was spent on injectable procedures; $1.6 billion was spent on skin rejuvenation procedures; and over $360 million was spent on other nonsurgical procedures such as laser hair removal.

About the Survey

Questionnaires were mailed to 22,700 board-certified physicians including 8,900 dermatologists, 8,100 otolaryngologists, and 5,700 plastic surgeons. A follow-up request was sent to 4,000 dermatologists and 4,000 otolaryngologists. An online version of the questionnaire was also available. In total, 1,107 physicians returned questionnaires.

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