David B. Reath, MD
Knoxville, TN (865) 450-9253
HKB Knoxville Staff

Plastic Surgery Stats Released: Here Are the Latest Trends

Last week the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) released our statistics for the procedures performed in 2013. As the Chairman of the Public Education Committee, I was asked to write a blog about these stats. If you would like to read the 2013 plastic surgery statistics in all their glory you can do it here. But, if you want the abbreviated version and my take on it, read on.

Plastic surgery continues to grow in almost all areas. The top five operations in order are…….

  1. Breast Augmentation
  2. Rhinoplasty
  3. Eyelid Surgery
  4. Liposuction
  5. Facelift

The Breast Augmentation Stats
In 2012, the last year’s statistics, breast augmentation numbers were down slightly from 2011 although it still held the number one spot. But in 2013 they are up again now due, I think, to the fact that this is a very successful operation with an extremely high level of patient satisfaction. While it would be nice to come up with some more elaborate explanation, let’s face it: the operation works well and gives women what they want. Not really rocket science.

What about Liposuction?
We are probably seeing some encroachment on liposuction numbers due to non-invasive fat reduction techniques like CoolSculpting. While liposuction is still very popular, the numbers are down a little. We have not yet started to collect the number from all ASPS member on non-invasive fat reduction procedures but this certainly seems to be the case in my practice.

Facelifts and the Economy
Facial rejuvenation through facelifts, neck lifts and eyelid surgeries are definitely up. This probably is a bell weather for the overall economic recovery of our country. When people are feeling more secure, they are more likely invest in these operations.

Minimally-Invasive Procedures Continue to be Popular
Not only are facial operations up, but facial injections are up as well. The Hyaluronic Acid (HA) fillers like Juvederm are up 18 % over the previous year – quite an increase. And with the introduction of Juvederm Voluma, a longer-lasting HA filler formulated for lifting the cheek area, we can expect to continue to see these numbers rise.

So, how much percentage increase do you think there has been in Botox injections since 2000?

Would you believe 700 %? That’s right. Its use has increased every year and there in no reason to suspect that this trend will not continue. It’s number one when it comes to facial injections.

My Prediction for This Year
Overall these statistics show plastic surgery to be popular and continuing to grow. What I expect to see next year is continued slow, steady growth in most operations, but to see a larger rate of growth in the non-invasive body contouring technologies. Will this be the case? Check in again this time next year and we’ll see if I’m right.

All the best,
David B.


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