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Celebrating 15 Years of Trustworthy Plastic Surgery Statistics

March 26, 2012 |

American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reports almost 9.2 Million Cosmetic Procedures

The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) today released their 15thannual multi-specialty procedural statistics. The Aesthetic Society, which has collected plastic surgery procedural statistics since 1997, says the overall number of cosmetic procedures has increased 197 percent since the tracking of the statistics first began. Almost 9.2 million cosmetic surgical and nonsurgical procedures were performed in the United States in 2011. The most frequently performed surgical procedure was lipoplasty (liposuction) and the most popular nonsurgical procedure was injections of Botulinum Toxin Type A (including Botox and Dysport).

“For fifteen years these statistics have been a large part of the Aesthetic Society’s public education mission,” said Jeffrey M. Kenkel, MD, President of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. “Since 1997, the interest in and demand for cosmetic plastic surgery has risen exponentially and our comprehensive statistics continue to show that.” 


Cosmetic minimally-invasive procedures performed one of the surveyed physicians decreased almost 2 percent, with over 7.5 million procedures in 2011. Nonsurgical procedures accounted for 82% of the total number of procedures performed representing 37% of total expenditures.  The top five minimally-invasive procedures were:

• Botulinum Toxin Type A (2,619,739 procedures)
•Hyaluronic acid (1,206,186 procedures);
•Laser Hair Removal (919,802 procedures)
• Microdermabrasion (499,427 procedures)
• IPL Laser Treatment (439,161 procedures)

For the first time ever this survey asked the doctors for the total number of non-surgical procedures being performed in their practices by BOTH physicians and their physician assistants and nurse injectors. Below is the TOTAL number of procedures performed in the practices surveyed:

• Botulinum Toxin Type A: 4,030,318
•Hyaluronic Acid:  1,662,480
•Laser Hair Removal: 1,452,880
• Microdermabrasion: 794,357
• IPL Laser Treatment: 726,125

Read the full Press Release at

Source:  March 20, 2012 by The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery at

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