PLASTIC SURGEONS: Cosmetic Procedures Are Growing Right Along With The Economy


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A blog post titled The Boob Indicator by The Reformed Broker Josh Brown caught our attention.Brown points to new statistics published by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (via USA Today), which show some correlation to U.S. economy.

In 2011, 13.8 million cosmetic plastic surgeries–surgical and minimally invasive–were performed.  This is up 5 per cent from 2010.

This was the second consecutive year for growth.  In 2009, the number of cosmetic procedures fell 1 per cent year-over-year, with surgical procedures falling 9 per cent.

“While the rate of economic recovery in the U.S. is still uncertain, 2011 proved to be a good year for plastic surgery,” said ASPS President Malcolm Z. Roth, MD. “Consumer confidence was up, auto sales rose 10 per cent, so it is not surprising that we would also see increased demand for plastic surgery procedures.”

Here’s a look at the top five surgical procedures performed:

  • Breast augmentation (307,000 procedures, up 4 per cent)
  • Nose reshaping (244,000 procedures, down 3 per cent)
  • Liposuction (205,000 procedures, up 1 per cent)
  • Eyelid surgery (196,000 procedures, down 6 per cent)
  • Facelift (119,000 procedures, up 5 per cent)

And here are the top five minimally invasive procedures:

  • Botox (5.7 million procedures, up 5 per cent)
  • Soft tissue fillers (1.9 million procedures, up 7 per cent)
  • Chemical peel (1.1 million procedures, down 3 per cent)
  • Laser hair removal (1.1 million procedures, up 15 per cent)
  • Microdermabrasion (900,000 procedures, up 9 per cent)

Here’s a complete roundup of all of the procedures performed in 2011 (click here for PDF):


Photo: American Society Of Plastic Surgeons

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