2015 Statistics

2001 National Totals for Cosmetic Procedures

The following list includes both surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic procedures. The rankings of procedures overall (surgical and nonsurgical categories combined) are indicated in the column Overall Rank.

Procedure Overall Rank    Number of Procedures    Percent of Total    
Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) 17 71,123 0.8%
Blepharoplasty (cosmetic eyelid surgery) 8 246,338 2.9%
Botox injection 1 1,600,300 18.9%
Breast Augmentation 9 216,754 2.6%
Breast lift 20 60,142 0.7%
Breast Reduction (women)* 14 114,926 1.4%
Buttock lift 30 2,813 0.0%
Cellulite treatment 19 61,985 0.7%
Cheek implants 26 6,282 0.1%
Chemical peel 2 1,361,479 16.1%
Chin augmentation 22 27,123 0.3%
Collagen injection 3 1,098,519 13.0%
Dermabrasion 18 66,776 0.8%
Facelift 13 117,034 1.4%
Fat injection 15 78,509 0.9%
Forehead lift 16 71,653 0.8%
Gynecomastia, treatment of 25 16,512 0.2%
Hair transplantation 24 22,041 0.3%
Laser hair removal 5 854,582 10.1%
Laser skin resurfacing 12 122,617 1.4%
Laser treatment of leg veins 11 142,820 1.7%
Lip augmentation (other than injectable materials) 21 30,781 0.4%
Lposuction** 7 385,390 4.5%
Lower body lift 29 4,268 0.1%
Microdermabrasion 4 915,312 10.8%
Otoplasty (cosmetic ear surgery) 23 26,844 0.3%
Rhinoplasty (nose reshaping) 10 177,422 2.1%
Sclerotherapy 6 557,856 6.6%
Thigh lift 27 6,114 0.1%
Upper arm lift 28 6,048 0.1%

TOTALS ~ 8,470,363 100.0%

* Breast Reduction may be covered by insurance, depending on the patient's breast size, body type and symptoms.
**16.3% of these procedures were ultrasound-assisted lipoplasty (UAL).

Final figures are projected to reflect nationwide statistics and are based on a survey of doctors who have been certified by American Board of Medical Specialties recognized boards, including but not limited to the American Board of Plastic Surgery. The survey portion of this research has a standard error of +/-3.79% at a 95% level of confidence. Figures for procedures include but are not limited to those performed by ASAPS members. ASAPS members are plastic surgeons certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery who specialize in cosmetic surgery of the face and the entire body.

Component figures may not add exactly to totals and percentages may not equal 100% due to rounding. In no cases are the sums of component figures off by more than .02% from the national total number of procedures.

Percent of Change in Select Procedures: 1997-2001

Note that large percentage changes are common in cases where the total number of procedures is small.

Procedure    2001     2000     1997     Percent Change 2000 vs 2001     Percent Change 1997 vs 2001    
Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) 71,123 58,426 34,002 +22% +109%
Blepharoplasty (cosmetic eyelid surgery) 246,338 212,133 159,232 +16% +55%
Botulinum Toxin Injections (Botox®, Myobloc®) 1,600,300 1,096,611 65,157 +46% +2356%
Breast Augmentation 216,754 203,310 101,176 +7% +114%
Breast lift 60,142 45,710 19,882 +32% +203%
Breast reduction (women)* 114,926 90,042 47,874 +28% +140%
Buttock lift 2,813 2,122 1,549 +33% +82%
Cellulite treatment 61,985 51,253 NA +21% NA
Cheek implants 6,282 7,059 11,040 -11% -43%
Chemical peel 1,361,479 630,194 481,227 +116% +183%
Chin augmentation 27,123 20,499 27,373 +32% -1%
Collagen injection 1,098,519 592,195 347,168 +85% +216%
Dermabrasion 66,776 29,905 40,214 +123% +66%
Facelift 117,034 102,842 99,196 +14% +18%
Fat injection 78,509 84,724 38,259 -7% +105%
Forehead lift 71,653 60,756 55,090 +18% +30%
Gynecomastia, treatment of 16,512 15,968 11,168 +3% +48%
Hair transplantation 22,041 38,978 61,023 -43% -64%
Laser hair removal 854,582 487,807 NA +75% NA
Laser skin resurfacing 122,617 116,901 154,153 +5% -20%
Laser treatment of leg veins 142,820 85,907 NA +66% NA
Lip augmentation
(other than injectable materials)
30,781 21,266 NA +45% NA
Liposuction 385,390 376,633 176,863 +2% +118%
Lower body lift 4,268 3,362 2,125 +27% +101%
Microdermabrasion 915,312 610,705 NA +50% NA
Otoplasty (cosmetic ear surgery) 26,844 19,542 22,939 +37% +17%
Rhinoplasty (nose reshaping) 177,422 135,795 137,053 +31% +29%
Sclerotherapy 557,856 525,237 NA +6% NA
Thigh lift 6,114 10,357 2,895 -41% +111%
Upper arm lift 6,048 4,913 2,516 +23% +140%
TOTALS 8,470,363 5,741,154 2,099,173 +48% +304%

* Breast reduction may be covered by insurance, depending on the patient's breast size, body type and symptoms. NA = Not available (was not asked in prior survey)

Final figures are projected to reflect nationwide statistics and are based on a survey of doctors who have been certified by American Board of Medical Specialties recognized boards, including but not limited to the American Board of Plastic Surgery. The survey portion of this research has a standard error of +/-3.79% at a 95% level of confidence. Figures for procedures include but are not limited to those performed by ASAPS members. ASAPS members are plastic surgeons certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery who specialize in cosmetic surgery of the face and the entire body. Component figures may not add exactly to totals and percentages may not equal 100% due to rounding. In no cases are the sums of component figures off by more than .02% from the national total number of procedures.

ASAPS 2001 COSMETIC SURGERY STATISTICS QUICK FACTS

Note: Quick Facts figures may not add exactly to totals and percentages may not equal 100% due to rounding. For exact numbers, go to the Media Center at surgery.org.

There were nearly 8.5 million cosmetic surgical and nonsurgical procedures performed in 2001, according to the largest national survey to date by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

From 1997-2001, there was a 304% increase in the number of cosmetic procedures.

From 2000-2001, there was a 48% increase in the number of cosmetic procedures.

The top 5 surgical procedures were: lipoplasty (liposuction) (385,000, up 118% since 1997); eyelid surgery (246,000); breast augmentation (217,000); rhinoplasty (177,000); and facelift (117,000).

The top 5 nonsurgical procedures were: botulinum toxin injection-BTX (1.6 million, up 2356% since 1997); chemical peel (1.4 million); collagen injection (1.1 million); microdermabrasion (915,000); and laser hair removal (855,000).

Women had over 7.4 million cosmetic procedures, 88% of the total. The number of cosmetic procedures performed on women increased 311% from 1997-2001. The top 5 surgical procedures for women were lipoplasty, breast augmentation, eyelid surgery, nose reshaping and breast reduction.

Men had over 1 million cosmetic procedures, 12% of the total. The number of cosmetic procedures performed on men increased 256% from 1997-2001. The top 5 surgical procedures for men were lipoplasty, nose reshaping, eyelid surgery, breast reduction (treatment of gynecomastia) and facelift.

Baby Boomers age 35-50 had the most procedures -- 44% of the total. Men and women age 51-64 had 25% of procedures; age 19-34 had 22%; age 65-and-older had 5%; and age 18-and-under had 3.5% of all cosmetic procedures.

The most common procedures for age 18-and-under were chemical peel, laser hair removal, microdermabrasion, nose reshaping and collagen injection.

Ethnic minorities accounted for 17% of all cosmetic procedures: Hispanics, 7%; African-Americans, 5%; Asians, 4%; and other non-Caucasians, 1%.

Where cosmetic procedures were performed: office facility, 49%; hospital, 27%; free-standing surgicenter, 24%; and other, 1%.

Among physician groups surveyed from multiple specialties, members of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) performed the highest average number of cosmetic procedures per doctor (576 procedures) in 2001. ASAPS members are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and specialize in cosmetic surgery of the face and body.

Source: The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery