31 July 2014

Cosmetic surgery gets more popular worldwide

Cosmetic surgery is on the rise, with more than 23 million cosmetic surgical and nonsurgical procedures were performed worldwide in 2013, according to statistics released in late July by the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS), an international society for aesthetic plastic surgery with more than 2,700 board-certified aesthetic plastic surgeon members in 95 countries. 

Botulinum toxin (botox) takes the number one position for number of overall cosmetic procedures performed.

"Since our last survey was conducted, we have improved our strategy for gathering data based on statistically sound samples," noted Carlos Uebel, MD, ISAPS president. "This has been an effort on the part of our society to further enhance our survey methodology and make it more comprehensive," he continued.

The leading cosmetic surgical procedures performed in 2013 were:
Breast augmentation (1,773,584)
Liposuction (1,614,031)
Blepharoplasty* (1,379,263)
Lipostructure* including lipofilling and stem-enhanced lipofilling (1,053,890)
Rhinoplasty* (954,423)

The leading nonsurgical procedures performed were:
Botulinum toxin (5,145,189)
Fillers and resorbables (3,089,686)
Laser hair removal (1,440,252)
Non-invasive facial rejuvenation (1,307,300)
Chemical peel, CO2 resurfacing, dermabrasion (773,442)

Women had more than 20 million cosmetic procedures; 87.2% of the total. The surgical procedures performed most frequently on women in 2013 were:
Breast augmentation
Breast lift

Men had more than 3 million cosmetic procedures; 12.8% of the total. The surgical procedures performed the most frequently on men in 2013 were:
Breast reduction for gynecomastia
Rankings are based solely on those countries from which a sufficient survey response was received and data were considered to be representative. In Iran, the only country outside the Americas listed, surgeries on the facial and head and non-surgical procedures were the most popular, with nose surgeries and botox being the respective procedures that were most popular within these categories. 

For the full report of ISAPS statistics, click here.

*Blepharoplasty refers to surgery done on eyelids while rhinoplasties are surgeries on the nose. Otoplasties are performed on the ears. Lipostructuring refers to adding or removing fat to produce a particular shape.

*Survey participants completed a two-page questionnaire that focused on the number of surgical and non-surgical procedures they performed in 2013. Data from a total of 1,567 plastic surgeons were compiled for this survey.