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Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery Demographics

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Last updated: 05/26/2009

Cosmetic Surgery Demographics
Cosmetic procedures, both surgical and nonsurgical, continue to grow in popularity. While it used to be the case that certain plastic surgeries were frowned upon or viewed as something to be kept secret, polls suggest that cosmetic surgery is now much more acceptable as the number of procedures continues to rise.
Many people are curious if their friends and coworkers have had cosmetic work done. Given the numbers of cosmetic procedures performed each year, there is a good chance that they are. In 2007, American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery performed a large analysis of plastic surgery demographics for the United States; who is getting cosmetic procedures, how often, and how many. The numbers may surprise you.
There were nearly 12 million surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic procedures performed in 2007. Over 450,000 liposuction procedures were performed and over 2.7 million Botox treatments were given, making these the most common surgical and non-surgical procedures, respectively. The top five surgical procedures were liposuction, breast augmentation, eyelid surgery, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) and breast reduction. The top five nonsurgical cosmetic procedures were Botox, injectable fillers, laser hair removal, microdermabrasion, and laser skin resurfacing.
Surgery demographics data revealed some interesting differences between genders. In women, breast augmentation tops the list of most common surgical procedures with almost 400, 000 procedures performed in 2007. In that year, women received more than 90 percent of all cosmetic procedures performed in the United States. However, the trend has been and continues to be that men are having a greater proportion of the total number of cosmetic procedures. In men, liposuction dominates as the most commonly performed cosmetic procedure with nearly 60,000 procedures performed. Perhaps surprisingly, breast reduction was the fourth most common cosmetic surgical procedure performed in men with over 20,000 male breast reductions performed in 2007 alone. Botox is the most common non-surgical cosmetic procedure in men and women. Hair transplantation in men numbered over 16,000 cases.
Cosmetic surgery demographics included procedures performed by age range. In young people, under age 18, over 200,000 cosmetic surgical procedures were performed in the US in 2007. The most common surgical procedure in this age group was cosmetic ear surgery. In the 19 to 34 age range, breast augmentation was the most common cosmetic surgical procedure. This most common nonsurgical procedure in the under 18 group and the 19 to 34 age group was laser hair removal. For people older than 34, Botox injections were the dominant nonsurgical cosmetic intervention performed. In adults age 35 to 50, there were over 5 million cosmetic procedures performed in 2007. The most common surgical procedure was liposuction. In both the 51 to 64 and over 65 age groups, eyelid surgery was the most common surgical procedure. There were over three million cosmetic procedures performed in patients age 50 and over in 2007.
The surgery demographics data present some financial information as well. Americans spent over 13 billion dollars on cosmetic procedures in 2007 which includes surgical and non-surgical interventions. About two-thirds of the amount was spent on surgical procedures. Over half of the procedures performed were in office based facilities and less than one fifth of all procedures were performed in a hospital setting.
It is clear from the surgery demographics data that many people from all age groups and walks of life are undergoing cosmetic procedures. While you may think that you do not know anyone that has ever had cosmetic surgery, the numbers suggest that you probably do.

Last Updated: 05/26/2009

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