U.S. Tops the List of Most Plastic Surgery Procedures Performed in the World
When it comes to demand for plastic surgery, the United States takes first place for the highest number of total procedures performed in the world, outranking Brazil, China, and Japan. Plastic surgeons in the United States are enjoying a steady demand for popular procedures including breast augmentation, liposuction, butt lifts, and tummy tucks.
The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (IASPS) recently released the results of the second International Study of Aesthetic/Cosmetic Surgery Procedures to reveal a hierarchy of countries with the most surgical and nonsurgical aesthetic and cosmetic procedures performed by board-certified or equivalent plastic surgeons in 2010. A total of 1,620,855 total surgical procedures were performed in the United States in 2010. Brazil comes in at a close second with a total of 1,592,106 procedures performed; China and Japan ranked with about a third of these totals each.
The top 25 list also included Korea, France, Turkey, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Saudi Arabia. Romania ranked number 25 at the bottom of the list with a total of 52,854 procedures.
Lipoplasty is still one of the most popular and most-performed procedures, accounting for 23% of total surgical procedures followed by breast augmentation which accounted for about 16% of total procedures. The top five procedures, according to the IASPS study results, are: lipoplasty, breast augmentation, blepharoplasty, rhinoplasty, and abdominoplasty (tummy tucks).
Other popular procedures that made the top ten list for 2010 were breast reduction for women, breast lifts, facelifts, otoplasty, and gynecomastia (male breast reduction).
2012 is expected to be a strong year for non-surgical procedures such as Zeltiq CoolSculpting, Botox, and other wrinkle treatments. As the economy continues to recover and more people become comfortable with splurging on luxury purchases and investing in themselves, demand for both surgical and nonsurgical procedures is expected to stay steady or increase over the course of the year.
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