Eyelid surgery and facelifts are up. So are
butt augmentations and neck lifts, according to new figures from the American
Society of Plastic Surgeons that show a steady increase in cosmetic and
reconstructive surgery procedures in the United States.
This was the fourth consecutive year of
growth, the society reported, noting more than 15 million cosmetic surgeries
and minimally invasive procedures were performed in 2013, an increase of 3% from
the year before.
Nose jobs, liposuction and laser hair
removal missed the boom, however. These procedures declined from the previous
year, the report said.
Meanwhile, reconstructive surgeries
increased by 2%, the society reported.
Better technology and new products,
including a facial filler that uses hyaluronic acid to treat mid-face volume
loss as well as two types of silicone gel breast implants recently approved by
the US Food and Drug Administration, are likely the reason behind the upward
trend, the society noted.
"The demand for plastic surgery
remains strong, with our statistics showing increases in both cosmetic surgical
and minimally invasive procedures," said society president Dr Robert
"Facial rejuvenation procedures were
especially robust last year, with more Americans opting for facelifts, forehead
lifts, eyelid surgery, fillers and peels," Murphy said in a society news
release. "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 [undergo] a little nip and tuck."
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Most common procedures
Of the 13.4 million minimally invasive
procedures performed in 2013, the most common included:
injections: 6.3 million injections, up 3%
Soft tissue fillers: 2.2 million
procedures, up 13%
Chemical peels: 1.2 million procedures,
With more people taking steps to smooth out
their wrinkles and folds, the report noted that Botox injections jumped 700%
since 2000. And hyaluronic acid facial fillers have increased 18% since 2012.
There were also 1.7 million cosmetic
surgeries in 2013, up 1% from a year ago. Among the most common procedures:
augmentation: 290 000 procedures, up 1%
Nose jobs: 221 000 procedures, down 9%
surgery: 216 000 procedures, up 6%
Liposuction: 200 000 procedures, down 1%
Facelifts: 133 000 procedures, up 6%
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Silicone implants were used in 72% of all
breast augmentations, while saline implants were chosen for 28% of these
surgeries. The experts noted new technology offers women more natural-looking
and -feeling results.
Butt augmentation with fat grafting and
neck lifts are two new procedures also on the rise in the United States,
according to the report.
There were 10 000 butt augmentation
procedures performed in 2013, up 16% from 2012. More than 55 000 neck lifts were
also performed last year, up 6% from the year before.
Reconstructive plastic surgery to improve
both the appearance and function of abnormalities also increased 2% in 2013.
The top reconstructive procedures performed last year include: tumour removal,
up 5% from 2012; laceration repair, with 254 000 procedures; and scar
Breast reconstruction, with 96,000
procedures, was up 4% last year.
"It's promising to see breast
reconstruction rates rising," noted 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."
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