Botox, Other Cosmetic Surgeries On The Rise In 2012
February 20, 2013

Botox, Other Cosmetic Surgeries On The Rise In 2012

Connie K. Ho for — Your Universe Online

Scarred faces. Saggy skin. These are just a couple of reasons men and women around the world opt to go under the knife for plastic surgery. A report from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), a specialty organization made up of more than 7,000 physician members in the U.S., recently found that 14.6 million cosmetic plastic surgeries had been performed in 2012.

In particular, the study stated that there was a five percent growth in cosmetic plastic surgery procedures, including both minimally invasive and surgical procedures, since 2011.

The top five cosmetic minimally-invasive procedures included botulinum toxin (otherwise known as Botox), soft tissue fillers, chemical peels, laser hair removals, and microdermabrasion. The top cosmetic surgical procedures included breast augmentations, nose reshaping, liposuction, eyelid surgery, and facelifts. In effect, the ASPS stated that facial rejuvenation procedures showed the most growth in 2012.

"Our annual statistics serve as a snapshot regarding the plastic surgery industry," explained Dr. Gregory Evans, who serves as the president of ASPS, in a prepared statement. "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. We are aware, however, that patients who begin with less invasive treatments with a plastic surgeon may opt for more invasive, surgical procedures once required."

Reconstructive plastic surgery procedures were up as well, increasing by one percent to 5.6 million procedures. While female cosmetic breast surgeries such as breast augmentation and breast lifts declined in 2012, there was an uptick in the number of male breast reductions performed. With a five percent increase in procedures, nearly 21,000 male breast reductions were completed.

"Female cosmetic breast surgeries such as breast augmentation, as well as body contouring procedures like tummy tucks, were some of the most popular procedures performed in 2012, although they saw declines," continued Evans in the statement. "Facial rejuvenation procedures to eradicate wrinkles, refresh, or tighten sagging skin experienced growth, as more consumers chose to maintain or restore a youthful appearance with these procedures."

The organization also discovered that there was a continuous increase in the number of reconstructive breast reduction operations. Over 68,000 procedures were performed, moving up eight percent from the previous year.

"Although breast reduction has many physical and psychological benefits for women with overly large breasts, obstacles remain in acquiring insurance coverage," remarked Evans. "It's promising to see gains in this and other beneficial, medically necessary surgeries."

The rise in plastic surgery operations will possibly continue in the future.

“I predict that the number of baby boomers undergoing face lifts and eyelid lifts will rise dramatically in the coming years as they realize that there is no real substitute for well-performed surgery,” wrote Dr. Anthony Youn, a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in cosmetic surgery, in an article on CNN. “Last year's statistics showed plastic surgery continuing to grow at unprecedented rates. Boomers are not only getting into the act, they're spearheading it.”