2001 ASAPS Statistics: Trends - Men Have Over 1 Million Procedures, 12% of Total

New York, NY (February 20, 2002) — Men had over 1 million cosmetic surgical and nonsurgical procedures in 2001 and 12% of the nearly 8.5 million cosmetic procedures performed in the U.S. last year, 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.

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 by more than 23,000 physicians in 2001.

The number of cosmetic procedures performed on men increased 256% from 1997 to 2001. Within just one year, 2001 compared to 2000, the number of procedures for men increased by 37%.

Last year, the most popular nonsurgical cosmetic procedure for men was injection with botulinum toxin (BTX, also known by the trademarked names Botox and Myobloc®). BTX is frequently used to help smooth horizontal frown lines and furrows between the eyebrows. "Men will often complain that these forehead lines make them look sad or angry all the time," says Malcolm Paul, MD, president of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. "They like the fact that a simple series of injections, performed by a plastic surgeon at several month intervals, can often solve the problem." Over 220,000 BTX procedures were administered to men in 2001.

The most popular surgical procedure for men was lipoplasty (liposuction), with nearly 78,000 procedures performed on men last year. Men accounted for 20% of all lipoplasty surgeries in 2001. "Men are often embarrassed by rolls of fat around their waist or by a double chin, and dieting or exercise may produce no improvement in these areas," says Dr. Paul. "Lipoplasty has gained so much acceptance among men because it is a safe and effective way to get rid of these bulges permanently."

2001 Procedures No. of Procedures 5-Year Comparison (1997-2001)
Lipoplasty (liposuction) 77,996 Up 176%
Nose Reshaping 54,368 Up 22%
Eyelid Surgery 41,499 Up 77%
Breast Reduction* 16,512 Up 48% 
Facelift 11,810 Up 13%

*Treatment of a condition called gynecomastia, or enlarged male breasts

2001 Procedures No. of Procedures 5-Year Comparison (1997-2001)
BTX Injection 220,356 Up 4079%
Chemical Peel 161,320 Up 475%
Laser Hair Removal 139,461 N/A in 1997, up 38% from 2000
Microdermabrasion 94,266 N/A in 1997, up 22% from 2000
Collagen Injection 86,119 Up 247%

"We see men taking a much greater interest in cosmetic surgery of all types," says Dr. Paul. "A lot of this may have to do with media coverage that has brought male cosmetic surgery out into mainstream society. Removing wrinkles or fat, or having their nose reshaped, is not something either men or women need to be embarrassed about." According to a February 2002 consumer survey commissioned by ASAPS, 53% of men approve of cosmetic surgery, and 19% would consider having cosmetic surgery. Seventy-nine percent (79%) of American men surveyed said they would not be embarrassed if people in addition to their family and close friends knew they had undergone cosmetic surgery. The 35-year-old American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery is the only plastic surgery organization devoted exclusively to cosmetic surgery education and research. ASAPS members are plastic surgeons, certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, who specialize in cosmetic surgery of the face and the entire body.


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.


Copyright © 2009-2017 ASAPS. All Rights Reserved.