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.
  • Women had nearly 7.2 million cosmetic procedures, 87 percent
    of the total. The number of cosmetic procedures for women increased 16 percent
    from 2002.
  • 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.
  • 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,
    23 percent.

Figures may not add exactly to totals and percentages may not equal 100 percent due to rounding.



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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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