The numbers are in — Plastic surgery by the numbers

Posted by Monarch Plastic Surgery

Jun 30, 2014 9:00:00 AM

plastic-surgery-statisticsHave you ever wondered how many plastic surgery procedures are performed every year, or which procedures are the most popular? Every year the American Society of Plastic Surgeons compiles national statistics about both invasive and minimally invasive procedures, and the statistics for 2013 are in! Over 15 million procedures were performed in the United States in 2013, including surgical, minimally invasive, and reconstructive procedures. Read on to learn more about the most popular procedures and see if your preferred procedure made the list. 

Plastic surgery

In 2013, 1.7 million surgical procedures were performed. In order of popularity, the top five most performed plastic surgeries in 2013 were:

Breast augmentation — 290,224 surgeries performed in 2013. Breast augmentation improves the size and shape of the breasts and may be performed to simply enlarge the breasts or to increase volume lost to pregnancy or weight loss, or to correct breast asymmetry. Breast augmentation may also be performed as a reconstructive procedure after other breast surgeries.

Rhinoplasty — 221,053 nose surgeries. Rhinoplasty is surgery of the nose to either improve the shape, proportion, and size or to repair problems that cause breathing difficulties.

Blepharoplasty — 215,641 eyelid surgeries. Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, improves the appearance of hooded, tired, or sad eyes. For some patients, it may also improve the field of vision if their upper lids are particularly droopy.

Liposuction — 199,817 liposuctions performed. Liposuction is useful to sculpt a more pleasing shape and contour by removing unwanted deposits of fat. Liposuction is not a weight loss substitute, but rather a procedure ideal for treating stubborn pockets of fat that won’t respond to traditional diet and exercise.

Facelifts — 133,320 facelift procedures. A facelift, also called rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that helps combat the effects of aging and gravity by improving such problems as sagging or loose skin about the face and upper neck.

Minimally invasive procedures

Minimally invasive procedures grew to 13.4 million procedures being performed in 2013. The top five most popular minimally invasive procedures in 2013 were:

Botox® — 6.3 million treatments in 2013. Botox®, a purified protein toxin derived from Clostridium botulinum bacteria, is an FDA-approved treatment used cosmetically to reduce the appearance of natural wrinkles and lines between and around the eyes as well as across the forehead.

Soft tissue, or dermal, fillers — 2.2 million treatments. Juvéderm® and Radiesse®, soft tissue, or dermal fillers, improve the appearance of the face by providing support and volume in areas where the natural effects of time and aging have caused the natural collagen and elastin to break down.

Chemical peels — 1.2 million performed in 2013. Chemical peels may be used to treat a number of facial skin problems, including treating blemishes, uneven pigmentation, wrinkles, and acne. A great advantage of chemical peels is that many may be adjusted to meet an individual’s specific needs.

Laser hair removal — 1.1 million treatments. Unwanted hair may be removed by a number of methods; however, none offer permanent or near-permanent results like laser hair removal. Often several treatments are required for lasting hair removal, but even so, the results are typically much better than any other method. 

Microdermabrasion — 970,343 treatments. Microdermabrasion is an advanced method of removing dead skin cells using a diamond grade tip with suction that leaves behind skin that is both softer and smoother. 

What pushes the popularity of procedures?

While there may be any number of reasons why a procedure becomes popular, new devices and technology certainly play a role. Breast augmentation overall has grown in popularity by 37 percent since 2000. In part, the increase in popularity of breast augmentation may be due to FDA-guideline changes in the late 1990s and first few years of this century, as well as new form-stable silicone gel implants becoming available. Overall, silicone implants have become far more popular than saline, as silicone implants can be more natural in feel and appearance. At present, silicone implants are in used in 72 percent of all breast augmentations, and that number appears to be growing.

When it comes to minimally invasive procedures, dermal fillers are leading the way in terms of popularity, in large part due to advances in use of hyaluronic acid, a substance that naturally occurs in the human body but diminishes as we age. Dermal fillers such as Juvéderm® use hyaluronic acid in the form of an injectable gel to improve structure and volume, decreasing the appearance of facial wrinkles and folds.

If you have been considering plastic surgery or skin rejuvenation, please contact Monarch Plastic Surgery at (913) 663-3838 or (816) 436-3262 or Monarch Skin Rejuvenation Center at (913) 317-9386 to schedule your consultation.

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