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Liposuction No Longer the Most Popular Surgical Procedure

“For the first time in the twelve years these statistics have been collected liposuction is a runner up in popularity to breast augmentation".

NEW YORK, NY (March 16, 2009) – Over 10.2 million cosmetic surgical and nonsurgical procedures were performed in the United States in 2008, according to statistics released today by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. The Aesthetic Society, after collecting multi-specialty procedural statistics since 1997, says the overall number of cosmetic procedures has increased 162 percent since the collection of the statistics first began. The most frequently performed nonsurgical procedure was B0t0x injections and the most popular surgical procedure was breast augmentation.

“For the first time in the twelve years these statistics have been collected liposuction is a runner up in popularity to breast augmentation. There is no doubt that this turnabout will generate discussions in the medical community and the public at large,” Alan Gold, MD, Aesthetic Society president, reflects that “changes in fashion, i.e. décolletage baring styles, might be a factor behind this change.

Top surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic/plastic surgery procedures among men and women in 2008:
Surgical Procedures # Non Surgical Procedures #
Breast Augmentation 355,671 b0t0x 2,464,123
Lipoplasty (Liposuction) 341144 Laser Hair Removal 1,280,964
Eyelid Surgery 195,104 Hyaluronic Acid (including Hylaform, Juvederm, Perlane/Restylane) 1,262,848
Rhinoplasty 152,434 Chemical Peel 591,808
Abdominoplasty 147,392 Laser Skin Resurfacing 570,880



Top surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic/plastic surgery procedures among men and women in 2008:
%of total Age Procedures Top Surgical Procedures Top Non Surgical Procedues
45% 35-50 4.6 million Liposuction b0t0x
26% 51-64 2.7million Eyelid Surgery b0t0x
22% 19-34 2.2 million Breast Augmentation LAser Hair Removal
6% 65 and over 630 thousand Eyelid Surgery b0t0x
2% 18 and under 160 thousand Rhinoplastyn Laser Hair Removal



Top procedures for women:

Women had almost 92 percent of cosmetic procedures. The number of procedures (surgical and nonsurgical) performed on women was over 9.3 million, a decrease of over 11 percent from the previous year. Surgical procedures decreased 15 percent; nonsurgical procedures decreased by 11 percent. Since 1997, surgical procedures increased 104 percent, while nonsurgical procedures have increased 233 percent.

Surgical Procedures # Non Surgical Procedures #
Breast Augmentation 355,671 b0t0x 2,239,024
Lipoplasty (Liposuction) 309,692 Hyaluronic Acid (including Hylaform, Juvederm, Perlane/Restylane) 1,200,420
Eyelid Surgery 166,426 Laser Hair Removal 1,101,255
Abdominoplasty 143,005 Chemical Peel 554,492
Breast Reduction 139,926 Laser Skin Resurfacing 532,008



Top procedures for men:

Men had over 8 percent of cosmetic procedures. The number of procedures (surgical and nonsurgical) performed on men was over 800,000 a decrease of over 21 percent from the previous year. Surgical procedures decreased 18 percent; nonsurgical procedures decreased 22 percent. Since 1997, surgical procedures have decreased over 15 percent while nonsurgical procedures have increased 239 percent.

Surgical Procedures # Non Surgical Procedures #
Liposuction 31,453 b0t0x 225,099
Rhinoplasty 30,174 Laser hair removal 179,708
Eyelid Surgery 28,678 Hyaluronic Acid (including Hylaform, Juvederm, Perlane/Restylane) 62,428
Gynecomastia 19,124 IPL laser treatment 46,887
Hair transplantation 18,062 Microdermabrasion 39,824


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