2001 ASAPS Statistics: Nearly 8.5 Million Cosmetic Procedures
New York, NY (February
20, 2002) — Nearly 8.5 million cosmetic surgical
and nonsurgical procedures were performed
in 2001, the American Society for Aesthetic
Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) announced today
as it released the largest survey to date
of U.S. physicians performing cosmetic surgery.
The number of cosmetic procedures increased
48% compared to the previous year's total
of 5.7 million.
ASAPS also released 5-year data for procedures
performed 1997-2001 by multiple specialists,
including plastic surgeons certified by
the American Board of Plastic Surgery; head
and neck surgeons certified by the American
Board of Otolaryngology; and dermatologists
certified by the American Board of Dermatology.
More than 14,000 questionnaires were mailed
nationwide to a random sampling of physicians
most likely to perform several or more of
the 30 top cosmetic procedures. Results
of the survey were used to project national
data on the number of cosmetic procedures
performed in 2001 by more than 23,000 physicians.
"ASAPS is the sole provider of this
extensive 5-year data for cosmetic procedures
performed by physicians in multiple specialties,"
says Malcolm D. Paul, MD, president of the
35-year-old American Society for Aesthetic
Plastic Surgery, the only plastic surgery
organization devoted exclusively to cosmetic
surgery education and research.
Procedures up 304% over 5 years
Cosmetic procedures increased 304% from
1997 to 2001. Almost all cosmetic procedures
made substantial gains, but the greatest
increases were among nonsurgical procedures.
The clear winner was botulinum toxin injections
(Botox, Myobloc®). The number of
procedures rose 2356% over 5 years, with
more than 1.6 million procedures in 2001.
"Many people, especially those with
early signs of aging, choose to consult
with a plastic surgeon first about noninvasive
procedures such as Botox," says
Dr. Paul. "When the time is right,
many of these same individuals will go on
to have a surgical procedure offering more
extensive and longer-lasting results."
Among the top five cosmetic surgeries in
2001, lipoplasty (liposuction) showed the
greatest increase, rising 118% since 1997.
Next was breast augmentation, increasing
114% over 5 years. Other procedures showing
big 5-year gains were breast lift (up 203%),
breast reduction (up 140%) and tummy tuck
Most popular procedures in 2001
The five most popular cosmetic surgical
procedures in 2001 were lipoplasty (385,390)
eyelid surgery (246,338), breast augmentation
(216,754), nose reshaping (177,422) and
facelift (117,034). The top five nonsurgical
procedures were botulinum toxin injection
(Botox, Myobloc) (1,600,300),
chemical peel (1,361,479), collagen injection
(1,098,519), microdermabrasion (915,312)
and laser hair removal (854,582).
Procedures for men, Baby Boomers and ethnic
The number of cosmetic procedures performed
on men rose to over 1 million and was 12%
of the total, compared to 11% in 2000. Baby
boomers age 35-50 had 44% of all cosmetic
procedures, with botulinum toxin injections
being the most popular procedure. Among
surgical procedures, lipoplasty and eyelid
surgery were the most frequent choices of
35-50 year old Baby Boomers.
Those 18 years old and younger accounted
for only 3.5% of cosmetic procedures. Among
this age group, noninvasive procedures including
chemical peel, laser hair removal and microdermabrasion
were the most popular. The most frequently
performed surgical procedure was nose reshaping.
Men and women 65 and older had 5% of procedures,
with eyelid surgery as the top surgical
procedure in this age group.
Ethnic minorities accounted for 17% of
all cosmetic surgery procedures: Hispanic,
7%; African-American, 5%, Asians, 4%, and
other non-Caucasians, 1%.
ASAPS members performed highest number
of procedures per doctor
Among all physician groups surveyed, members
of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic
Surgery performed the highest average number
of cosmetic procedures per doctor (576 procedures)
in 2001. Ninety-three percent (93%) of ASAPS
members operated in an accredited surgical
facility (a requirement for ASAPS membership
as of July 2002). ASAPS members are certified
by the American Board of Plastic Surgery
and specialize in cosmetic surgery of the
face and the entire body.
Majority of Americans approve of cosmetic
An ASAPS consumer survey conducted in February
2002 showed that 55% of Americans approve
of cosmetic surgery. Among women, 34% would
consider having cosmetic surgery, while
19% of men say they might have cosmetic
surgery now or in the future.
"The steep increase in cosmetic procedures
since 1997 reflects Americans' recognition
that cosmetic surgery performed by a qualified
plastic surgeon in an accredited surgical
facility is safe, effective and, for many
people, contributes substantially to the
quality of life," says Dr. Paul.
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 non-surgical 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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