Cosmetic Surgery Statistics 2007

By Sara Folsom © 2008-2009 Staff Writer



Even as gas prices rip open our bank accounts, cosmetic plastic surgery is still rising in large numbers, every year. However, the question remains: Will plastic surgery stay afloat even during economic hardships?

In 2007, as reported by the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), Americans spent just under $13.2 billion on cosmetic plastic surgery alone, with nearly 1.1 million men undergoing some sort of cosmetic procedure – an increase of 17 percent from the previous year.

The most popular surgical procedures among men in 2007 were:

“Will plastic surgery stay afloat even during economic hardships?”

  • Liposuction
  • Eyelid surgery
  • Nose surgery
  • Breast reduction (to treat enlarged male breasts)
  • Hair transplantation

The most popular surgical procedures among women in 2007 were:

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So what exactly provoked this trend? One popular thought is that it could be due to the rise in media coverage of this once behind-closed-doors phenomenon, through shows such as Dr. 90210 and VH1′s “Plastic Surgery Obsession.”

According to the ASAPS Web site, which first reported cosmetic plastic surgery data collection in 1997, “The overall number of cosmetic procedures has increased 457 percent since the collection of the statistics first began.” In the last 10 years, surgical procedures have increased by 114 percent and non-surgical procedures have increased by 754 percent.

Peter Fodor, M.D., president of the ASAPS, has said: “I believe at least some of this upward trend may be attributable to increased media coverage of plastic surgery in 2004. People have had many more opportunities to see firsthand what plastic surgery is like and what it can do for others.”

Nearly 11.7 million combined surgical and non-surgical cosmetic surgeries were performed in 2007 – a combined result among both men and women. However, non-surgical procedures made up 82 percent of those procedures, with injectables and laser technology the leading treatments.

The top five non-surgical cosmetic surgery procedures were:

  • Botox injections: 2,775,176
  • Hyaluronic acid: 1,448,716
  • Laser hair removal: 1,412,657
  • Microdermabraison: 829,658
  • IPL Laser treatment: 647,707

Even though there has been a breakthrough in the popularity of non-surgical cosmetic surgery, surgical methods, such as liposuction and breast augmentation, are still significantly popular. Since 1997, the amount of surgical procedures has more than doubled within the last 10 years. From 2006 to 2007, surgical procedures have increased by 8 percent, cosmetic surgery procedures increased by 2 percent, and non-surgical methods have increased by 1 percent.

“Altogether, nearly 11.7 million combined surgical and non-surgical cosmetic surgeries were performed in 2007”

If you have undergone plastic surgery, do you talk about it? In the Consumer Attitude Survey 2008 conducted by ASAPS, 78 percent of women say that they would not be embarrassed about having cosmetic surgery if their immediate family and close friends knew. On the other hand, 79 percent of men would not be embarrassed on any occasion. As this fashion continues to rise in popularity, cosmetic plastic surgery is no longer a shameful secret. Plastic surgery costs, though, might be the hotter topic of discussion these days.

Find a plastic surgeon in your area, and schedule an appointment to learn about the affordability of plastic surgery. Financing might be right for you!