Cosmetic Surgery Statistics

Highlights of Cosmetic Surgery Statistical Study

  • While most procedures increased dramatically between 1990 and 2000, the growth of rhinoplasty was comparatively moderate, not even doubling. Additionally, less rhinoplasties were performed in 2000 than 1999. Surgeons say this is due to a growing acceptance of "ethnicity" in noses and more diversity in beauty role models.
  • Liposuction is by far the most popular form of cosmetic surgery with 672,793 patients in 2000, followed by:
    Second Most Popular Surgery: 465,177 blepharoplasty patients
    Third Most Popular Surgery: 288,044 breast augmentations
    Fourth Most Popular Surgery: 244,370 facelifts
  • "Lunch-time" procedures such as Botox and light chemical peels showed the largest increase from 1999 to 2000.
  • Surgeon's fees for cosmetic procedures rose a scant average of 5 percent over the decade.
  • Surgeons attribute the dramatic rise of cosmetic procedures over the last 10 years to:
    -  Affordability - surgeons' fees rose an average of less than 5 percent from 1990 to 2000.
    -  Strong economy and increased discretionary spending money
    -  Increased acceptance of cosmetic surgery
    -  Baby boomer generation reaching middle age
    -  Development of non-invasive and "lunch-time" procedures
  • The following procedures declined from 1999 to 2000:
    -  Laser skin resurfacing
    -  Fat injections
    -  Rhinoplasty
  • Most popular cosmetic surgeries for men:
    Hair Transplantation: 177,998
    Liposuction: 114,375
    Eyelid Surgery: 88,384

Provided by the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS)