Last year, 14.6 million cosmetic plastic surgery procedures were performed, representing an overall industry growth of five percent. These figures come from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), which reviews statistics each year to create a snapshot of the plastic surgery industry. “For the third consecutive year, the overall growth in cosmetic surgery continues to be driven by a significant rise in minimally-invasive procedures,” said ASPS President Gregory Evans, MD.
The most common procedures in this category include: Botox, soft tissue fillers, chemical peels, laser hair removal and microdermabrasion. Last year, 6.1 million patients went in for Botox injections to look younger. In New York, skin rejuvenation treatments like microdermabrasion and chemical peels continue to be very popular. Millions of people had their skin subtly enhanced in a plastic surgeon’s office. Now that many celebrities and public figures are more comfortable talking about the procedures they’ve had done, it seems they are becoming more mainstream.
Seven percent fewer people wanted breast augmentation surgery in 2012. Even so, there were still 286,000 procedures done and the number of male breast reduction surgeries performed shot up 5 percent to 21,000 procedures. The number of people wanting nose reshaping stayed about the same at 243,000 procedures. Eye lift surgeries increased 4 percent and face lifts rose 6 percent to 126,000. The number of people wanting liposuction / tummy tuck procedures declined 1 percent, but still remained one of the more popular cosmetic plastic surgery treatments with 202,000 procedures performed.
There is an increased focus on the face these days, using every method at a person’s disposal. Most people begin with microdermabrasion or Botox injections and progress to dermal fillers or full face lifts. Last year, 509,000 laser skin resurfacing procedures were performed. These days, a person can walk into a clinic and walk out the same afternoon looking a decade (or more) younger.
Reconstructive surgeries like tumor removal, laceration repair, maxillofacial surgery, scar revision and hand surgery increased 1 percent in 2012. The most dramatic increase was seen in reconstructive breast reduction rates, with more than 68,000 procedures performed last year – an increase of 8 percent. Furthermore, maxillofacial surgery to improve face defects, congenital deformities, diseases and injuries increased 7 percent to 209,000 procedures. Tumor removal is still the most popular reconstructive surgery at 4.2 million surgeries performed each year.
Dr. Thomas W. Loeb is a world-renowned, board-certified plastic surgeon with more than 30 years of experience in private practice. He is best known for his transformation of Paula Jones’ nose, but he is also named among the ten best cosmetic eye surgeons in the world. Anyone interested in learning more about popular cosmetic plastic surgery procedures in NY is invited to contact Dr. Loeb’s office at 212-327-3700.
American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 14.6 Million Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Procedures Performed in 2012 http://www.plasticsurgery.org/news-and-resources/press-release-archives/2013/14-million-cosmetic-plastic-surgery-procedures-performed-in-2012.html