Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Plastic Surgery Trends

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) reports there were 11.7 million cosmetic procedures performed in 2007. 91% of all procedures were conducted on women typically between the ages of 35 - 50, followed by those who were 51-64.

Last year, the numbers on invasive plastic surgery grew marginally turning in numbers that did not break the all time record set back in 2004 (11.8 million). Depending on which report is read, an increase of somewhere between 2% - 7% was noted. Odd, since there has been such a tremendous surge in the past decade showing a gutsy 457% increase since 1997 with facelifts, breast augmentations, and nose reshapings galore!

This year, things in the invasive sector were comparatively quiet. Why? The economy? To a certain degree, perhaps, but what is more interesting is the emerging new trend for less invasive and less expensive treatments. In response to this need, the non-invasive sector rose 9% performing close to 10 million procedures. Botox is the one of the primary reasons for this shift, as is the second most popular treatment, dermal fillers (Restylane®, Hylaform®, Hylaform Plus®, and JuvedermTM), with a hearty honorable mention for a soft tissue filler (Radiesse - up 56%).

The top five minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures for 2007 (ranges):
Botox: 4,600,000 procedures (up 29%)
Dermal Fillers: 1,051,000 procedures (up 25% - 35%)
Chemical Peel: 1,025,000 procedures (down 4% - 0%)
Laser Hair Removal: 906,000 procedures (down 5% - up 2%)
Microdermabrasion: 897,000 procedures (up 6% - 10%)
Note: Microdermabrasion statistics are not inclusive of those performed in Spas, Medical Spas, Day Spas.

*The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) reports slightly different statistics.