Teenagers: ''Trends'' in Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

New York, NY (January 3, 2000) — "Trend" reports in the media of a significant increase in teen cosmetic surgery are not supported by current statistics.

  • Results of a December 1999 survey of a representative sample of member surgeons of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) show there has been no unusual increase in the number of teens seeking or receiving aesthetic surgery over the last 12 months. Response from ASAPS member surgeons throughout the United States was virtually unanimous.
  • Statistics compiled by ASAPS in 1997 and 1998 show an increase of only .2% in the total number of procedures performed on individuals 18 and younger. These individuals represented 2.9% of the total number of cosmetic procedures performed in 1997 and 3.1% of procedures in 1998. Complete statistics for 1999 are currently being compiled and will be available in a few months.
  • Comparison of additional statistics compiled by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) for 1992 and 1998 shows that the per cent of liposuction and breast augmentation procedures performed by board-certified plastic surgeons on those 18 and younger had either remained constant (liposuction, 1%) or had gone down (breast augmentation was 3% of the total procedures in 1992 and 1% of the total in 1998).
  • According to U.S. Census Bureau statistics, the total number of families with children under 18 grew from 32,950,828 in 1997 to 33,001,413 in 1998.
  • Surveys of public confidence in cosmetic plastic surgery have consistently shown growing acceptance of elective procedures, yet data so far conclude that those 18 and under are not seeking these procedures in disproportionately rising numbers.


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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