Cosmetic Practice Statistics 2013

breast-augmentationThe American Society of Plastic Surgeons  has released its 2013 Plastic Surgery Statistics Report, which examines the growing popularity of cosmetic surgery procedures in the United States and reports on the trends in the industry. The report states there were 15.1 million plastic surgery procedures in the US in 2013, up 3% over 2012, the fourth consecutive year of growth.

Minimally-invasive procedures were up in 2013, to over 13.4 million, an increase of 3 percent over 2012. This growth was led by injections of the Botulinum Toxin Type A for a reduction in wrinkles, with Hyaluronic acid injection therapy used to improve the contour and smooth lines of the face.

2013 most popular cosmetic procedures – minimally invasive: (compared to 2012)

Botulinum Toxin Type A (Botox, Dysport) – 6,321,160 procedures – up 3%

Soft Tissue Fillers – 2,242,621 procedures – up 13%

Chemical Peel – 1,163,333 procedures – up 3%

Laser Hair Removal – 1,077,158 procedures – down 4%

Microdermabrasion – 970,343 procedures – unchanged


Cosmetic operations were up one percent over 2012, with 1,668,420 total cosmetic surgeries performed in 2013. Breast augmentation is once again the most popular surgery, with advances in new technology such as form stable, or shaped, silicone implants helping to increase its popularity. The fastest growing plastic surgery for women is the breast lift (mastopexy), with a 10% growth in the popularity of the procedure in 2013, and 70% since 2000.


2013 top cosmetic surgical procedures: (compared to 2012)

Breast Augmentation (augmentation mammaplasty) – 290,224 procedures – up 1%

Nose Reshaping (rhinoplasty) – 221,053 procedures – down 9%

Eyelid Surgery (blepharoplasty) – 215,641 procedures – up 6%

Liposuction – 200,000 procedures – down 1%

Facelift (rhytidectomy) – 133,000 procedures – up 6%


Two procedures that are growing in popularity in the United States are neck lifts and buttock augmentation with fat grafts. While not nearly as popular as breast enhancement, buttock augmentation surgeries grew by 16% to nearly 10,000 procedures, and there were over 55,000 neck lifts performed in 2013, a 6 percent increase over 2012.


2013 Top Reconstructive procedures: (compared to 2012)

Tumor Removal – 4,426,634 procedures – up 5%

Laceration Repair (other than facial) – 253,660 procedures – down 13%

Maxillofacial Surgery – 198,531 procedures – down 5%

Scar Revision – 177,317 procedures – up 4%

Hand Surgery (excluding microsurgical) – 131,282 procedures – up 6%

Breast Reconstruction – 95,589 procedures – up 4%

Dr. Murphy of the ASPS states that it is promising that the rates of breast reconstruction are rising, noting that while studies have shown that breast cancer patients who undergo the procedure feel that it improves the quality of their lives, less than 20 percent of patients get the surgery after a mastectomy. In 2012 ASPS began a breast reconstruction awareness program to educate women of the availability of the procedure, and to increase awareness of the benefits of having the reconstructive surgery.

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