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2004 ASAPS U.S.A. Cosmetic Surgery Statistics

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The 2200-member American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) is the only plastic surgery organization devoted entirely to the advancement of cosmetic surgery. ASAPS is recognized throughout the world as the authoritative source for cosmetic surgery education. U.S. and Canadian members are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Here are the highlights of the 2004 cosmetic surgery statistics released by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS).

ASAPS 2004 Cosmetic Surgery Trends

  • The number of surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures in the United States increased by 44 percent in 2004 to a total of nearly 11.9 million procedures, 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 18 percent of that total, (an increase of 17% on 2003), and non-surgical procedures were 82 percent of the total, (an increase of 51% from the previous year).

ASAPS 2004 Surgical and Non Surgical Trends

  • Since 1997, there has been a 465 percent increase in the total number of cosmetic procedures. Surgical procedures increased by 118 percent, and non-surgical procedures increased by 764 percent.

ASAPS 2004 Top 5 Surgical Cosmetic Procedures

  • The top five surgical cosmetic procedures in 2004 were: liposuction (478,251, up 24 percent from 2003); breast augmentation (334,052, up 19 percent); eyelid surgery (290,343, up 8 percent); rhinoplasty (166,187, down 4 percent); and facelift (157,061, up 25 percent).

ASAPS 2004 Top 5 Non Surgical Cosmetic Procedures

  • The top five non-surgical cosmetic procedures in 2004 were: Botox® injection (2,837,346, up 25 percent from 2003); laser hair removal (1,411,899, up 53 percent); chemical peel (1,110,401, up 54 percent); microdermabrasion (1,098,316, up 28 percent); and hyaluronic acid (Hylaform®, Restylane®)(882,469, up 659 percent).

  • Women had nearly 10.7 million cosmetic procedures, 90 percent of the total. The number of cosmetic procedures for women increased 49 percent from 2003.

ASAPS 2004 Top 5 Cosmetic Surgeries For Women

  • The top five surgical procedures for women were: liposuction, breast augmentation, eyelid surgery, tummy tuck and facelift.

  • Menhad nearly 1.2 million cosmetic procedures, 8 percent of the total. The number of cosmetic procedures for men increased 8 percent from 2003.

ASAPS 2004 Top 5 Cosmetic Procedures For Men

  • The top five surgical procedures for men were: liposuction, eyelid surgery, rhinoplasty, male breast reductionhair transplantation.

  • People age 35-50 had the most procedures— 5.3 million and 45 percent of the total.

  • People age 51-64 had 25 percent of procedures; age 19-34 had 22 percent; age 65-and-over had 6 percent; and age 18-and-younger had 2 percent.

  • The most common procedures for age 18-and-under were: laser hair removal, chemical peel, microdermabrasion, rhinoplasty, and laser skin resurfacing.

  • Racial and ethnic minorities had 20 percent of all cosmetic procedures. Hispanics, 8.5 percent; African-Americans, 6.2 percent; Asians, 4.6 percent; and other non-Caucasians, 1.1 percent.

  • Where cosmetic surgeries were performed: office facility, 46 percent; free-standing surgicenter, 29 percent; and hospital, 24 percent.

  • Americans spent just under $12.5 billion on cosmetic procedures in 2004.

For more information, please visit the ASAPS website.

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