The American Society of Plastic Surgeons recently released its annual round-up of statistics on plastic surgery and non-surgical cosmetic procedures performed in the US last year. Although the report does not include any real suprises, it does still include some important information.
Overall, cosmetic procedures are up, by about 69% since 2000, growing from 7.4 million to 12.5 million. However, surgical procedures are down by about 20% while nonsurgical procedures have almost doubled to nearly 11 million procedures a year. The growth of nonsurgical procedures is partly due to their remarkable effectiveness, but also partly due to the fact that they must be repeated. Thus, a person who gets BOTOX® Cosmetic injections four times a year counts as four procedures every year. Similarly, surgical procedures are a victim of their own success. For example, the results of rhinoplasty (which has decreased by 34% since 2000 from 389,155 to 255,972 procedures) are essentially permanent, so everyone who gets good results from a rhinoplasty today does not need another one, not next year, not five years later.
On the other hand, some plastic surgery procedures have increased significantly over the years. For example, breast augmentation has increased by 36% since 2000 (from 212,500 to 289,328), and tummy tucks (abdominoplasty) have increased by 84% (67,713 to 115,191). The dramatic growth in these procedures has been driven by their ability to deliver highly visible, durable results that often translate into a real quality-of-life improvement.
If you are interested in plastic surgery and would like to learn more about what procedure might give you the best possible results, please call or email New York plastic surgeon Dr. George Lefkovits today to schedule a consultation.