2010 ASPS Statistics for Cosmetic Plastic Surgery in the United States

Plastic surgery has started to regain steam along with our economy, and men looking to keep or land jobs are a big part of the reason, according to the 2010 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. While women still lead the way with 91 percent of all plastic surgery procedures, the number of male plastic surgery procedures increased 2 percent, from 7 percent in 2009 to 9 percent in 2010. Male facelifts rose 14 percent from 2009 to 2010, while the number of men opting for liposuction climbed 7 percent last year, the new stats show.

As to why more men are opting for nips and tucks, ASPS president Phillip Haeck, MD, says, "Women want facelifts to look prettier and younger and men want facelifts to compete in the workplace."

Haeck, a Seattle-based plastic surgeon, says that many men are trying to keep their jobs or vie for a new one and are competing for that same spot against men that are up to 20 years younger. He expects this trend to continue. "Women have wanted to look like Barbie for years and men are just catching up to Ken."

General Trends in Plastic Surgery

Overall, the number of cosmetic plastic surgery procedures performed in the United States rose 5 percent from 2009 to 2010. As in 2009, minimally invasive treatments such as Botox and Dysport injections led the pack. Surgical procedures increased at a slightly more modest pace of 2 percent, but some saw notable increases. Facelifts rose by 9 percent, for example, as did lower body lifts. Thigh lifts climbed 8 percent.

The top five plastic surgery procedures for 2010 were:

  • Breast augmentation
  • Nose reshaping
  • Eyelid surgery
  • Liposuction
  • Tummy tuck

The top five minimally invasive procedures for 2010 were:

  • Botox and Dysport
  • Soft tissue fillers such as Restylane and Perlane
  • Chemical peels
  • Laser hair removal
  • Microdermabrasion

Reconstructive plastic surgery procedures increased 2 percent, from 5.2 million in 2009 to 5.3 million in 2010. The leading five reconstructive procedures performed in 2010 were:

  • Tumor removal
  • Laceration repair
  • Scar revision
  • Hand surgery
  • Breast reconstruction

Cosmetic Surgery by Region

In their geographical analysis, the ASPS divides the country into five regions. The Mountain and Pacific states saw the greatest number of procedures, comprising 28 percent of the total for 2010. The New England and Mid-Atlantic states were next on the list with 22 percent, followed closely by the South Atlantic states with 21 percent. The North Central states (15 percent) and the South Central states (14 percent) had the fewest procedures performed.

About the 2010 ASPS Statistics

The statistics reported annually by the ASPS are combined from two sources. One is Tracking Operations and Outcomes for Plastic Surgeons (TOPS), the organization's online national database for plastic surgery procedures. Data from this source is combined with responses from an annual survey of American Board of Medical Specialties-certified surgeons and extrapolated to 24,000 surgeons who are most likely to perform cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery procedures. The margin of error of the statistics is plus or minus 3.8 percent.

About Board-Certified Plastic Surgeons

The American Board of Medical Specialties consists of 24 medical specialty boards, including the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). The ABPS has the most stringent requirements of all plastic surgery certification boards, attesting to the high level of experience and skill attained by its surgeons. Start your search for a board-certified plastic surgeon now.