2011 ASPS Statistics for Cosmetic Plastic Surgery in the United States

The chinplant is in, according to the latest statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

There was a 71 percent increase in the number chin augmentations in 2011, compared with 2010. Many experts credit this to the advent of video-chatting and Skyping, which tend to accentuate loose skin under the jawline.

According to the new numbers, there were 13.8 million surgical and minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures performed in the United States in 2011, up 5 percent from 2010. In addition, there were 5.5 million reconstructive plastic surgery procedures performed last year, an increase of 5 percent.

The top five surgical procedures in 2011 were:

  • Breast augmentation (307,000 procedures, up 4 percent)
  • Nose reshaping (244,000 procedures, down 3 percent)
  • Liposuction (205,000 procedures, up 1 percent)
  • Eyelid surgery (196,000 procedures, down 6 percent)
  • Facelift (119,000 procedures, up 5 percent)

Facelifts edged out tummy tucks for the first time since 2004.

The top five minimally-invasive procedures in 2011 were:

  • Botulinum toxin type A (5.7 million procedures, up 5 percent)
  • Soft tissue fillers (1.9 million procedures, up 7 percent)
  • Chemical peel (1.1 million procedures, down 3 percent)
  • Laser hair removal (1.1 million procedures, up 15 percent)
  • Microdermabrasion (900,000 procedures, up 9 percent)

The top five reconstructive procedures were:

  • Tumor removal (4.2 million, up 3 percent)
  • Laceration repair (303,000, down 15 percent)
  • Maxillofacial surgery (195,000, up 125 percent)
  • Scar revision (175,000, up 9 percent)
  • Hand surgery (120,000, up 13 percent)

About the 2011 ASPS Statistics

The new data comes from the Tracking Operations and Outcome for Plastic Surgeons (TOPS) database. It is combined with the annual survey sent to American Board of Medical Specialties-certified physicians who are most likely to perform these procedures.