2012 ASPS Statistics for Cosmetic Plastic Surgery in the United States

Even with the looming threat of a fiscal cliff, 2012 was a good year for the plastic surgery industry. The annual statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) show that more than 14.6 million cosmetic plastic surgery procedures were performed in 2012. That's 5 percent more than in 2011.

The increase was driven mainly by minimally invasive procedures such as Botox, soft tissue fillers and laser hair removal. In fact, 2012 saw the highest number of botulinum toxin type A (Botox, Dysport) injections to date!

In 2012, the top five minimally-invasive procedures were:

  • Botulinum toxin type A (up 8 percent from 2011)
  • Soft tissue fillers (up 5 percent from 2011)
  • Chemical peel (up 2 percent from 2011)
  • Laser hair removal (up 4 percent from 2011)
  • Microdermabrasion (up 8 percent from 2011)

During 2012, cosmetic surgical procedures fell by 2 percent, with nearly 1.6 million procedures performed.

The top five surgical procedures were:

  • Breast augmentation (down 7 percent from 2011)
  • Nose reshaping (less than 1 percent change since 2011)
  • Eyelid surgery (up 4 percent since 2011)
  • Liposuction (down 1 percent since 2011)
  • Facelift (up 6 percent since 2011)

While breast augmentation in females was down, more and more men opted for male breast reduction (treatment for gynecomastia) in 2012. Nearly 21,000 male breast reductions were performed in 2012. That's 5 percent more than in 2011.

Also on the move were upper arm lifts. There was a 4,473 percent increase in upper arm lifts from 2000.

Reconstructive Plastic Surgery Trends

More than 5.6 million reconstructive plastic surgery procedures were performed in 2012, up 1 percent from 2011.

The top five reconstructive procedures were:

  • Tumor removal
  • Laceration repair
  • Maxillofacial surgery
  • Scar revision
  • Hand surgery

While not in the top five reconstructive procedures, breast reduction rates continued to rise in 2012, with more than 68,000 procedures performed (up 8 percent from 2011).

The new statistics are culled from the first online national database for plastic surgery procedures, Tracking Operations and Outcome for Plastic Surgeons (TOPS). This data is combined with the annual survey sent to physicians certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties who are most likely to perform these procedures.

Will 2013 be the year for your plastic surgery?