Most Popular Cosmetic Procedures in the USA | The Country with More Cosmetic Surgical Procedures

Botox and boob jobs are the most popular cosmetic procedures in the United States that was listed as number 1 in the statistics of the International Survey of Cosmetic Procedures in 2011.

The Top 5 Most Popular Non-Invasive Cosmetic Surgical Procedures in the USA

1. Botox
2. Soft tissue fillers
3. Chemical Peel
4. LAser Hair Removal
5. Microdermabrasion

The top 5 Most Popular Cosmetic Surgical Procedures in the USA

1. Breast Augmentation
2. Rhinoplasty (nose job)
3. Eyelid surgery
4. Liposuction
5. Facelift

Other facts that you might want to know

1. The number of cosmetic surgical procedures (invasive and non-invasive) increased from 2011 to 2012
2. 14.6 million procedures, including minimally invasive and surgical, were performed in the U.S., according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons
3. The USA is the in the top 1 for cosmetic procedures according to the rates of population
4. The United States is the country with more plastic surgeons in the world
5. Cheaper and non-invasive cosmetic procedures are more popular than actual surgeries in America.

This information is put together combining two great articles published by USA Today.

Top countries for plastic surgery? We’re No. 1

The USA is tops in plastic surgery, but not if you look at nose jobs or rates by population.

The USA remains the plastic surgery capital of the world when it comes to sheer numbers of lifts, tucks and implants, an international survey shows. Brazil is not far behind, according to the latest analysis from the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons.

But rates by population actually are higher in South Korea, Greece and Italy, where more than 10 procedures were performed for every 1,000 people in 2011, according to a breakdown of the data by the Economist.

The society’s report covers 6.3 million surgeries and 8.3 million non-surgical procedures (from Botox injections to laser hair removal and chemical peels) performed by plastic surgeons in 2011. Just over 21%, or 3.1 million procedures, were done in the USA.

The findings are based on surveys of 996 plastic surgeons around the world and they assume that fellow surgeons in each country have similar procedure rates. Procedures done by dermatologists or other providers are not included.

Other tidbits:

While breast augmentation is the top surgical procedure in the USA, the top plastic surgery worldwide is lipoplasty (fat removal, also known as liposuction).
When it comes to nose jobs, the USA isn’t even in the top three. Rhinoplasty is performed most often in China, Japan and Brazil.
The USA has the most plastic surgeons, 5,950; Brazil, with 5,024, and China, with 2000, come in second and third. By contrast, the United Kingdom has just 450 and Canada has 425.
Maybe those numbers in the United Kingdom will need to go up: According to the Daily Mail, surgeons there are seeing a surge in patients requesting Kate Middleton’s nose.

Botox or your bills? Plastic surgery wins out

People may be struggling, but that hasn’t stopped the number of cosmetic procedures.


Fewer Americans seem to be frowning on cosmetic plastic surgery

People may be struggling with gas prices and health care costs, but cosmetic plastic surgery procedures rose 5% from 2011 to 2012, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports. Last year, 14.6 million procedures, including minimally invasive and surgical, were performed in the U.S., according to the organization’s annual statistics.

“For the third consecutive year, the overall growth in cosmetic surgery continues to be driven by a significant rise in minimally invasive procedures, while surgical procedures remain relatively stable,” ASPS President Gregory Evans said in a statement. Minimally invasive procedures include treatments such as Botox, chemical peels and laser hair removal.

Evans says the statistics may show that people are spending more on the minimally invasive procedures because they have less discretionary income to use for surgical procedures, such as liposuction. Cosmetic surgery is usually not covered by health insurance because it is elective.

He says the data also may show that people have taken better care of themselves so they turn to minimally invasive procedures before surgical ones.

STORY: U.S. is No. 1 in plastic surgery

Minimally invasive procedures, which surpassed 13 million last year, increased 6%. The top minimally invasive procedure was botulinum toxin type A, such as Botox and Dysport. The injection reduces wrinkles, such as frown lines.

Cosmetic surgical procedures, which almost reached 1.6 million last year, decreased 2%. Breast augmentation remains the top surgical procedure.

Male breast reduction (gynecomastia) jumped 5%. Close to 21,000 procedures were done.

Andrew Da Lio, of Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, says the higher number may reflect increased levels of obesity and more social acceptance of men having plastic surgery.

Reconstructive plastic surgery, which improves the appearance and function of abnormal structures like scars, was up 1%. Last year, 5.6 million procedures were performed. The top procedure was tumor removal. Many health insurance policies cover reconstructive surgery, but the levels vary.

Evans urges people to do their homework before getting plastic surgery to minimize any risks. He says people can find board-certified plastic surgeons through the website of the ASPS, which is based in Arlington Heights, Ill.

UCLA’s Da Lio, a professor and chief of plastic and reconstructive surgery, says each procedure has its own risks. For example, he says breast augmentation carries the risk of a breast implant hardening or rupturing.

Da Lio says patients should think about the extent of the results and the quality of work they want. They also should decide how much money and time they are willing to spend.

He says the Internet opened access to information for those thinking about plastic surgery. “Patients are more informed,” he adds. “Patients have to be informed. They have to know what they are getting into.”

Source: USA Today

All these numbers make me see how women and men are more and more concerned with their looks and imperfections that they are willing to put in second term their commitments for cosmetic procedures. This makes me observe the big priority that lookin good has on us, these procedures that used to be seen only for the rich and the famous are now an everyday necessity for ‘normal’ people.

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Self-Confidence & Body Image Master Coach. Author, speaker, blogger and head editor of encourages women to find their real beauty and believe in themselves. Google

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