13.8 Million Cosmetic PlasticSurgery Procedures Performed in 2011

Kevin Tehrani, MD, FACS
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New York Plastic Surgeon

The number of cosmetic procedures both surgical and minimally-invasive, for a second year in a row, rose 5 percent to 13.8 million in 2011, according to the statistics by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. In addition, there was also a 5 percent rise for reconstructive plastic surgery procedures, up to 5.5 million in the last year.

Cosmetic surgical procedures increased by 2 percent, with nearly 1.6 million procedures in 2011. Breast augmentation is still the No. 1 cosmetic procedure, followed by nose reshaping and liposuction. Facelifts rose among the top five cosmetic surgical procedures for the first time since 2004, replacing tummy tucks.

Interestingly, says the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, a procedure popular with men, chin augmentation, nearly doubled in 2011, with 21,000 procedures performed, up 71 percent. Lip augmentation also rose significantly – up 49 percent, with more than 25,000 procedures performed.