2012 Statistics on Cosmetic Plastic Surgery from ASAPS

And the winner is ... breast augmentation!

In 2012, breast augmentation replaced liposuction as the No. 1 most popular cosmetic surgery procedure, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). The two popular procedures jockey for the No. 1 slot each year.

And silicone-gel filled breast implants were more popular than their saline-filled counterparts in 2012. There were 330,631 breast augmentation procedures performed in 2012 and of those only 28 percent were saline implants, while 72 percent were silicone.

Overall, more than 10 million cosmetic surgical and nonsurgical procedures were performed by doctors in the United States in 2012.

Cosmetic Surgery Growth Spurt

Cosmetic surgical procedures increased by more than 3 percent in 2012, with almost 1.7 million procedures performed. Cosmetic minimally-invasive procedures increased by 10 percent, with almost 8.5 million procedures in 2012.

And since 1997 (the year that ASAPS first started gathering these statistics), the overall number has increased by a whopping 250 percent.

In 2012, the top five surgical procedures were:

  • Breast Augmentation
  • Liposuction
  • Abdominoplasty
  • Eyelid surgery
  • Rhinoplasty

The top five non-invasive surgical procedures in 2012 were:

  • Botulinum Toxin Type A
  • Hyaluronic Acid
  • Laser Hair Removal
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Chemical Peel

We are spending again when it comes to our desire to look younger. Americans spent almost $11 billion on cosmetic procedures in 2012. Of this, $6.7 billion was spent on surgical procedures; $2 billion was spent on injectables procedures; $1.8 billion was spent on skin rejuvenation procedures; and over $483 million was spent on other nonsurgical procedures such as laser hair removal.

The new statistics also show that male plastic surgery is here to stay. In 2012, men had almost 1 million cosmetic procedures, and this number has increased by more than 106 percent since 1997.

The top five surgical procedures for men in 2012 were:

  • Liposuction
  • Rhinoplasty
  • Eyelid surgery
  • Breast reduction to treat enlarged male breasts (gynecomastia)
  • Ear shaping

About the Statistics

ASAPS mailed paper-based questionnaires to 23,000 board certified physicians, including 9,300 dermatologists, 8,300 otolaryngologists, and 5,400 plastic surgeons. An online version of the questionnaire was also available. The final sample comprised 365 plastic surgeons, 286 dermatologists, and 121 otolaryngologists.

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