Cosmetic Surgery Quick Facts: 2003 ASAPS Statistics
New York, NY (February 18, 2004) — Highlights of 2003 cosmetic surgery statistics released today by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), the nation's leading organization for cosmetic surgery education and research:
- There were nearly 8.3 million surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic
procedures performed in 2003, according to the most comprehensive survey
to date of U.S. physicians and surgeons by the American Society for Aesthetic
Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). Surgical procedures represented 22 percent of the
total, and nonsurgical procedures were 78 percent of the total.
- From 2002-2003, there was a 20 percent increase in the total
number of cosmetic procedures. Surgical procedures increased by 12 percent,
and nonsurgical procedures increased by 22 percent.
- Since 1997, there has been a 293 percent increase in the total
number of cosmetic procedures. Surgical procedures increased by 87 percent,
and nonsurgical procedures increased by 471 percent.
- The top five surgical cosmetic procedures in 2003 were: liposuction
(384,626, up 3 percent from 2002); breast augmentation (280,401, up 12
percent); eyelid surgery (267,627, up 17 percent); rhinoplasty (172,420,
up 10 percent); and breast reduction (147,173, up 17 percent).
- The top five nonsurgical cosmetic procedures in 2003 were: Botox
injection (2,272,080, up 37 percent from 2002); laser hair removal (923,200,
up 25 percent); microdermabrasion (858,312, down 17 percent); chemical peel
(722,248, up 46 percent); and collagen injection (620,476, down 21 percent).
- Women had nearly 7.2 million cosmetic procedures, 87 percent
of the total. The number of cosmetic procedures for women increased 16 percent
- The top five surgical procedures for women were: liposuction,
breast augmentation, eyelid surgery, breast reduction and rhinoplasty.
- Men had nearly 1.1 million cosmetic procedures, 13 percent of
the total (up from 12 percent of the total in 2002). The number of cosmetic
procedures for men increased 31 percent from 2002.
- The top five surgical procedures for men were: liposuction, rhinoplasty,
eyelid surgery, breast reduction to treat enlarged male breasts, and hair transplantation.
- People age 35-50 had the most procedures -- 3.7 million and 45
percent of the total. People age 19-34 had 24 percent of procedures; age 51-64
had 23 percent; age 65-and-over had 5 percent; and age 18-and-younger had less
than 3 percent.
- The most common procedures for age 18-and-under were: chemical
peel, laser hair removal, microdermabrasion, rhinoplasty, and otoplasty (ear
- Racial and ethnic minorities had 20 percent of all cosmetic procedures,
an increase of 1 percent from 2002: Hispanics, 8 percent; African-Americans,
6 percent; Asians, 4 percent; and other non-Caucasians, 2 percent.
- Where cosmetic surgeries were performed: office facility, 52
percent (up 7 percent from 2002); hospital 25 percent; and free-standing surgicenter,
Figures may not add exactly to totals and percentages may not equal 100 percent due to rounding.
Complete survey data, including downloadable graphs, are available in the Press Center of the ASAPS web site: http://www.surgery.org/press/statistics-2003.php
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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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