Plastic Surgery Statistics Breast Augmentation Increases in Volume

By Leeann Morrissey © 2007-2009 Staff Writer


With 2007 quickly coming to a close, now would be a great time to recap the cosmetic plastic surgery statistics of 2006. In this popular industry where aesthetic enhancements are more frequently accepted and performed than ever before, we are seeing a shift in trends. 

Among women, liposuction came in second to breast implant surgery…

In total, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), “Nearly 11 million cosmetic plastic surgery procedures were performed in the United States in 2006.” With the spotlight on creating beautiful bodies in mainstream media, think reality television programs such as Dr. 90210 and Extreme Makeover, it is no wonder that people are looking within, and striving to achieve similarly-enhanced results for themselves.

What procedures would you guess to be most in demand? You may be surprised to learn that while the same plastic surgery procedures are on top, the popularity of some procedures has shifted to others. Focusing specifically on the leading cosmetic plastic surgery procedures among men and women last year, the top five procedures performed were (statistics gathered by the ASPS are listed from highest to lowest in number):

  1. Breast Augmentation – 329,000
  2. Rhinoplasty (nose reshaping) – 307,000
  3. Liposuction – 302,000
  4. Eyelid Surgery – 233,000
  5. Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck surgery) – 146,000

"For the first time, breast augmentation is the most popular surgical procedure since the ASPS began collecting statistics in 1992,” the ASPS reports. Liposuction actually dropped from number one in 2005 to number three in 2006. Surprising?


In breaking down by gender: Among women, liposuction came in second to breast implant surgery, while it sat in third place among men; eyelid surgery and nose reshaping brought in higher numbers with males. Needless to say, body contouring is still attracting both males and females, despite its slight shift downward in numbers. Two procedures that also ranked among the top five cosmetic procedures among males were hair transplantation and male breast reduction (for the condition of gynecomastia).

With breast augmentation being the most frequently performed procedure last year, the November 2006 approval of silicone gel breast implants by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allows women more options regarding breast enhancement. This might be a weighing factor in the 2007 cosmetic plastic surgery results; has the popularity of breast augmentation soared to an even new height this year?

According to ASPS President Roxanne Guy, M.D.: “With the return of silicone breast implants to the U.S. market, it is likely the number of breast augmentations will continue to increase.”

As the 2007 year comes to an end, what will we see happen to these numbers?

The leaders in minimally-invasive procedures were Botox ®, chemical peel treatment, laser hair removal, microdermabrasion, and hyaluronic acid (used in facial fillers). These procedures, stacking up in that order for 2005 as well as 2006, have a combined patient total of well-over six million. Botox ®, the facial injectable that alone brought in more than four million patients, remained the number one non-surgical procedure among men and women last year.

As the 2007 year comes to an end, what will we see happen to these numbers? Whether breast implant surgery remains the most frequently performed procedure, or liposuction speeds past breast enhancement, one thing is proven true: the amount of non-surgical procedures performed last year greatly surpassed the number of cosmetic and plastic surgeries performed.

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