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ASAPS: 9.2 million procedures performed in 2011

New York — New statistics from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery show that nearly 9.2 million cosmetic surgical and nonsurgical procedures were performed in the United States in 2011 — an increase of 197 percent since the ASAPS began tracking procedural statistics in 1997.

“For 15 years these statistics have been a large part of the Aesthetic Society’s public education mission,” ASAPS President Jeffrey M. Kenkel, M.D., said in a news release. “Since 1997 the interest in and demand for cosmetic plastic surgery has risen exponentially, and our comprehensive statistics continue to show that.”

According to the new statistics, released last week, cosmetic surgical procedures increased almost 1 percent in the past year, with more than 1.6 million procedures performed in 2011. Surgical procedures accounted for 18 percent of all cosmetic procedures, representing 63 percent of total expenditures. The top five surgical procedures were liposuction, breast augmentation, abdominoplasty, eyelid surgery and breastlifts.

The number of minimally invasive cosmetic procedures decreased by nearly 2 percent, to about 7.5 million. These accounted for 82 percent of all cosmetic procedures performed and represented 37 percent of total expenditures. The top five minimally invasive procedures were botulinum toxin type A injections, hyaluronic acid injections, laser hair removal, microdermabrasion and intense pulsed light laser treatment.

Americans spent nearly $10 billion on cosmetic procedures in 2011, $6.2 billion of which was on surgical procedures.

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