Cosmetic Surgery By The Numbers – 2010 Statistics

The American for Aesthetic Plastic surgery released their statistics for cosmetic surgery performed in 2010. In total, procedures are up 5% from 2009 to a total of over 13.1 million procedures performed last year. Surgeries were up 2% and non-surgical interventions rose 5%.

Surgical Data

The most commonly performed surgical procedures were breast augmentation, rhinoplasty (nose jobs), eyelid surgery, liposuction and tummy tucks – in that order. All surgeries except rhinoplasty went up, and nasal surgery was only slightly down 1%.

Non-Surgical Procedures

Non-surgical favorites were the perennial Botox, soft tissue fillers (Restylane, Juvederm, Radiesse, Sculptra), chemical peels, laser hair removal and microdermabrasion (micro-derm being the only intervention down at 9% less than 2009).

Gender Differences

In a nutshell, women still dominate the field with 91% of all procedures and men hovering around 9% of total procedures. Top procedures for women reflect exactly the national totals and are breast augmentation, nose surgery, liposuction, eyelid surgery and liposuction. Male procedures are on the rise with the most common procedures being rhinoplasty, eyelid surgery. liposuction, male breast reduction and hair transplantation.

Interesting Findings

  • Plastic Surgical invasive and non-invasive procedures are up in ALL age related demographics since 2009
  • Plastic Surgery is up in African Americans (6%), Hispanics (2%) and Asians (2%) since last year
  • Some significant findings are that breast implant removals are down nearly 50% from ten years ago in 2000. This is likely a result of the newer implants being better made, with improved durability and surgical technique improvements that have lessened the need for implant removal.
  • Massive Weight Loss surgery such as body lifts and upper arm lifts are up over 4000% since 2000! This is due to the increase in gastric bypass surgeries and lap band procedures resulting in the excess skin deformities that these patients suffer after the resulting massive weight loss.
  • Brow lifting procedures are down 65% since 2000. This is clearly due to the revolutionary impact that Botox Cosmetic has had on the cosmetic surgical industry, perhaps hinting at the eventual future of cosmetic medicine.
  • Soft tissue fillers are up 177% and collagen (the old gold-standard) is down 72%. These findings reflect the emergence of the filler market and its evolution over the past ten years.

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Dr. Vince Marin is a San Diego board-certified plastic surgeon specializes in cosmetic surgery of the face, nose, breast and body. If you wish to contact Dr. Marin, write to [email protected] or you can follow him on Twitter!