Plastic Surgery Procedures Continue Steady Growth in U.S.

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ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. — The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) today released its annual procedural statistics reporting that 15.1 million cosmetic surgery procedures, including both minimally-invasive and surgical, were performed in the United States in 2013, up 3 percent since 2012. In addition, 5.7 million reconstructive surgery procedures were performed last year, up 2 percent. What’s behind the boost? New products and advances in technology may be paving the way for plastic surgery’s growth.

In 2013 alone, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved several new plastic surgery devices and products, including two form-stable silicone gel breast implants and a facial filler designed to treat mid-face volume loss. In fact, all three U.S. based breast implant manufacturers now have form-stable implants on the market.

“The demand for plastic surgery remains strong, with our statistics showing increases in both cosmetic surgical and minimally-invasive procedures,” said ASPS President Robert X. Murphy, MD. “Facial rejuvenation procedures were especially robust last year, with more Americans opting for facelifts surgery in Sydney, forehead lifts, eyelid surgery, fillers and peels. With new devices and products hitting the market each year, there are more options and choices available to consumers wanting to refresh their look or a little nip and tuck.”

Cosmetic minimally-invasive procedures increased 3 percent, to more than 13.4 million procedures in 2013. The  top five minimally-invasive procedures were:

  • Anti-wrinkle injections (6.3 million injections, up 3 percent)
  • Soft tissue fillers (2.2 million procedures, up 13 percent)
  • Chemical peel (1.2 million procedures, up 3 percent)
  • Laser hair removal (1.1 million procedures, down 4 percent)
  • Microdermabrasion (970,000 procedures, no change)

Injectable Nation

Anti-wrinkle injections and facial fillers continue to be among the most popular cosmetic treatments in the U.S. In fact, anti-wrinkle injections are up 700 percent since 2000. However, one injectable filler stood out among the crowd in 2013, with nearly 1.7 million procedures performed, up a whopping 18 percent from 2012.

Cosmetic surgical procedures rose 1 percent, to nearly 1.7 million procedures in 2013. The  top five surgical procedures were:

  • Breast augmentation (290,000 procedures, up 1 percent) 
  • Nose reshaping (221,000 procedures, down 9 percent)
  • Eyelid surgery (216,000 procedures, up 6 percent)
  • Liposuction (200,000 procedures, down 1 percent)
  • Facelift (133,000 procedures, up 6 percent)

Silicone Surge

As the number of breast augmentations increased in 2013, more women opted for silicone breast implants. Silicone implants were used in 72 percent of all breast augmentations performed last year, while saline implants were only used in 28 percent. Advances such as form-stable silicone implants, that are teardrop shaped like natural breasts, and even fat grafting to the breast, are offering women more natural looking and feeling results.

First -Timers

For the first time, ASPS is reporting on two highly talked about procedures that are on the rise in the U.S. — buttock augmentation with fat grafting and neck lifts. Last year, nearly 10,000 buttock augmentations with fat grafting were performed, an increase of 16 percent from 2012. With the neck being one of the first areas to show one’s age, neck lifts are becoming increasingly popular, with more than 55,000 procedures performed last year, up 6 percent from 2012.

Reconstructive plastic surgery, which improves function and appearance to abnormal structures, increased 2 percent in 2013. The top six reconstructive procedures were:

  • Tumor removal (4.4 million, up 5 percent)
  • Laceration repair (254,000, down 13 percent)
  • Maxillofacial surgery (199,000, down 5 percent)
  • Scar revision (177,000, up 4 percent)
  • Hand surgery (131,000, up 6 percent)
  • Breast reconstruction (96,000, up 4 percent)

“It’s promising to see breast reconstruction rates rising,” said Dr. Murphy. “Less than 20 percent of breast cancer patients undergo breast reconstruction because they are not always informed of their options, although studies show that reconstruction greatly improves quality of life. In 2012, we launched a multi-year  breast reconstruction awareness campaign to educate, engage and empower women to make informed decisions about their healthcare following breast cancer diagnosis. We hope that these efforts will continue to increase awareness regarding the benefits of post-mastectomy breast reconstruction.”

ASPS members can report procedural information through the first online national database for plastic surgery procedures, Tracking Operations and Outcome for Plastic Surgeons (TOPS). This data, combined with an annual survey sent to American Board of Medical Specialties-certified physicians most likely to perform these procedures, results in the most comprehensive census on plastic surgery.

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About ASPS

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) is the world’s largest organization of board-certified plastic surgeons. Representing more than 7,000 Member Surgeons, the Society is recognized as a leading authority and information source on aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. ASPS comprises more than 94 percent of all board-certified plastic surgeons in the United States. Founded in 1931, the Society represents physicians certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery or The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. ASPS advances quality care to plastic surgery patients by encouraging high standards of training, ethics, physician practice and research in plastic surgery. You can learn more and visit the American Society of Plastic Surgeons at or and

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