The tides are changing! The American Society of Plastic Surgeons released their 2012 Plastic Surgery Statistics detailing the number of plastic and cosmetic procedures performed last year and, for the first time in six years, there was a decline in breast enhancement and buttocks augmentation. Cosmetic enhancement has shifted upward – to the face – with an increase in facelifts, injections (Botox, Dysport, and dermal fillers), and facial laser services in 2012.
Almost 1.6 million cosmetic surgeries were performed, a 2% drop from 2011, but still a staggering amount (if you really stop to think about it). Here is a review of cosmetic surgeries in 2012:
- Breast augmentation saw a 7% decline from the year before, but remained the number one cosmetic procedure with just over 286,000 breast enhancements performed.
- Buttocks enhancement (including implants and lifts) grew in popularity over the last decade, but declined last year by 36%, with just under 3,800 procedures done.
- Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) shot up to over 204,000 in 2012, roughly 9,000 more procedures than were done in 2011, making it the 3rd most popular surgical procedure overall.
- Facelift surgery also rose to over 126,000 procedures, almost 7,000 more than 2011.
- Rhinoplasty remained consistent and was the number two cosmetic surgery procedure performed overall with just over 242,000 people opting for a re-shaped nose.
- More than 6 million treatments of Botox or Dysport injections were given in 2012, an 8% rise from the previous year.
- Dermal filler procedures, including Radiesse, Juvederm, Restylane (and others), rose to just under 2 million treatments, making it the second most popular minimally-invasive procedure of 2012.
- Chemical peels (1,133,821 treatments) and Laser Hair Removal (1,118,254 treatments) took 3rd and 4th places.
- Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatments increased by 10% to 553,000.
- Just over 509,000 laser skin resurfacing procedures were performed, a 9% increase from 2011.
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