Thursday, March 22, 2007


NEW YORK, NY (March 09, 2007) — Nearly 11.5 million cosmetic surgical and nonsurgical procedures were performed in the United States in 2006, according to statistics released today by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). Compared to 2005, cosmetic surgical and nonsurgical increased 1 percent. The Aesthetic Society, which has been collecting multi-specialty procedural statistics since 1997 says the overall number of cosmetic procedures has increased 446 percent since the collection of the statistics first began. The most frequently performed procedure was Botox injections and the most popular surgical procedure was liposuction.

“The FDA approval of silicone breast implants in late 2006 seems to have made an impact, as silicone implants are up 18 percent from 2005.  For the first time breast augmentation is the top surgical procedure for women, although lipoplasty continues to be the top overall surgical procedure as it has been since the Aesthetic Society started collecting nationwide procedural statistics in 1997,” said Aesthetic Society president James Stuzin, MD.   “Furthermore, as the safety and efficacy of the nonsurgical procedures on the market continue to improve the numbers of those procedures performed by board-certified plastic surgeons continues to rise year after year.”


Top surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic procedures among men and women in 2006:
Surgical# proceduresNonsurgical # procedures
Breast augmentation383,886Hyaluronic Acid
(Hylaform, Restylane)
Eyelid surgery209,999Laser Hair Removal 1,475,296   
 Female breast reduction169,314Laser Skin Resurfacing556,172

Top cosmetic procedures for WOMEN:
Surgical# procedures  Nonsurgical# procedures
Breast augmentation383,885 Botox2,881,119
Lipoplasty350,420Hyaluronic Acid 
(Hylaform, Restylane)
Eyelid surgery182,397 Laser Hair Removal1,308,739
Breast Reduction145,822 Sclerotherapy 541,291

Women had 92 percent of cosmetic procedures.  The number of procedures (surgical and nonsurgical) performed on women was over 10.5 million, an increase of 1 percent from the previous year.  Surgical procedures decreased 9 percent; nonsurgical procedures increased 4 percentSince 1997, surgical procedures increased 123 percent, while nonsurgical procedures have increased 749 percent.

Top cosmetic procedures for MEN:
Surgical# proceduresNonsurgical# procedures
Liposuction53,263Botox injection300,472
Rhinoplasty33,143Laser hair removal166,557
Eyelid surgery  27,602Hyaluronic Acid
 (Hylaform, Restylane)
Male breast reduction23,670 Microdermabrasion 71,102
Facelift14,051Laser Skin Resurfacing48,451

Men had 8 percent of cosmetic procedures.  The number of procedures (surgical and nonsurgical) performed on men was nearly 1 million, a decrease of 5 percent from the previous year. Surgical procedures decreased 9 percent; nonsurgical procedures decreased 3 percent.  Since 1997, surgical procedures have decreased 2%, while nonsurgical procedures have increased 722 percent.

Frequency of cosmetic procedures by AGE GROUP:
% of totalAge# procedures Top surgical procedure Top nonsurgical procedure
47%35-504.5 millionLiposuctionBotox
26% 51-642.9 millionEyelid SurgeryBotox
20%19-342.5 millionBreast AugmentationLaser Hair Removal
5%65 and over589,229Eyelid SurgeryBotox
1%18 and under178,041 Rhinoplasty Laser Hair Removal 

Racial and Ethnic Distribution
Racial and ethnic minorities accounted for 21.7 percent of all cosmetic procedures in 2006.  Hispanics again led minority racial and ethnic groups in the number of procedures: Hispanics, 9.7 percent; African-Americans, 6.6 percent; Asians, 4.7 percent; and other non-Caucasians, 0.8 percent.

Location and Fees
46 percent of cosmetic procedures in 2006 were performed in office-based facilities; 28.9 percent in freestanding surgicenters; and 24.8 percent in hospitals. Americans spent just under $12.2 billion on cosmetic procedures; $7.6 billion was for surgical procedures, and $4.5 billion was for nonsurgical procedures.

About the ASAPS Cosmetic Surgery National Data Bank
ASAPS, working with an independent research firm, compiled 10-year national data for procedures performed 1997-2006 by multiple specialists, including but not limited to plastic surgeons certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.  More than 14,000 questionnaires were mailed nationwide, and results of the survey were used to project national data. The survey data has a standard error of +/- 3.14 percent at a 95 percent level of confidence.

View 2006 ASAPS Statistics