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ASPS: U.S. procedures rise 5% in 2011

Article-ASPS: U.S. procedures rise 5% in 2011

Arlington Heights, Ill. — The American Society of Plastic Surgeons has released statistics showing the industry enjoyed significant growth for the second consecutive year.

According to the ASPS, 13.8 million cosmetic plastic surgery procedures — both surgical and minimally invasive — were performed in the United States in 2011, up 5 percent over the 2010 figure. In addition, 5.5 million reconstructive procedures were performed last year, also a 5 percent increase over 2010 statistics.

Other significant findings:
• For the first time since 2004, facelifts were among the top five cosmetic surgical procedures.
• Chin augmentations, popular with men, were up 71 percent over 2010, with 21,000 procedures performed. Lip augmentations rose 49 percent, with more than 25,000 performed.
• Cosmetic minimally invasive procedures increased 6 percent, with nearly 12.2 million procedures. These were led by botulinum toxin type A treatments, up 5 percent, at 5.7 million procedures.
• Procedures using hyaluronic acid fillers were up 9 percent; calcium hydroxylapatite procedures rose 36 percent; and fat-injection procedures were up 19 percent.
• Reconstructive plastic surgery rose 5 percent, with the number of maxillofacial surgeries increasing 125 percent.

“We are seeing notable increases in surgical procedures, such as facelifts, that reflect the demands of an aging boomer population,” ASPS President Malcolm Z. Roth, M.D., said in a prepared statement. “However, the overall growth in cosmetic procedures is being primarily driven by a substantial rise in minimally invasive procedures.”

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