1999 ASAPS Statistics: Nearly 4.6 Million Cosmetic Procedures

New York, NY (March 9, 2000) — The number of cosmetic procedures performed in a single year rose to 4.6 million in 1999, according to national statistics released today by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). The 1999 total represents a 66% increase in procedures, compared to the previous year. There was a 16% increase in surgical procedures and a 98% increase in nonsurgical cosmetic procedures, in part reflecting the growing popularity of medically supervised skin care within plastic surgeons' offices.

Chemical peel was the number one procedure overall, up 114% to 841,777. Botox injections were second, rising 216% to 498,204, and laser hair removal was third, increasing 340% to 481,978.

Lipoplasty (liposuction), in sixth place overall, was the most popular surgical procedure, increasing 32% from the previous year to 287,150. Breast augmentation ranked second among surgical procedures, up 51% to 191,583. Cosmetic eyelid surgery was third, rising 1% to 183,580.

In 1999, 11% of cosmetic procedures were performed on men, compared to 10% in 1998.

Baby boomers between the ages of 35 and 50 accounted for 43% of the total number of cosmetic procedures -- more than any other age group. The top three procedures for baby boomers were those that may require little or no "down time" -- chemical peels, Botox injections and collagen injections.

People 18 years of age or younger accounted for less than 4% of the total procedures. Most common among this age group were chemical peels (sometimes recommended for acne-prone skin), laser hair removal and rhinoplasty (nose reshaping).

A recent ASAPS consumer survey of 1000 American households showed that both women and men hold a favorable view of cosmetic surgery. Eighty-two percent (82%) of women and 72% of men said that, if they were to have cosmetic surgery in the future, they would not be embarrassed if people outside their circle of family and friends knew about it. The majority said they approve of cosmetic surgery, with baby boomers approving most.


The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), is recognized as the world's leading organization devoted entirely to aesthetic plastic surgery and cosmetic medicine of the face and body. ASAPS is comprised of over 2,600 Plastic Surgeons; Active Members are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (USA) or by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and have extensive training in the complete spectrum of surgical and nonsurgical aesthetic procedures. International Active Members are certified by equivalent boards of their respective countries. All members worldwide adhere to a strict Code of Ethics and must meet stringent membership requirements.


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