ASPS Reports 3% increase in cosmetic surgery for 2014
March is the month that organizations related to cosmetic/plastic surgery announce their stats regarding the previous year! A couple of days ago we announced a few stats given from ASAPS (showing that non surgical fat removal procedures and buttock augmentation are rapidly getting more popular) and now it’s the time for ASPS (American Society of Plastic Surgeons) to announce their stats. How does ASPS gather these stats? By means of an annual survey sent to all Board Of Medical Specialties’ certified Physicians in USA. The first point we should focus has to do with the total number of cosmetic procedures carried out during 2014 (both surgical and non surgical). ASPS reports there was a 3% boost comparing to 2013 (15.6 million procedures during 2014). As for the reconstructive procedures we had 5.8 million procedures during 2014 (which means 1% up comparing to 2013). As for liposuction (which is the main subject of LipoAdvisor.com) we had a 5% increase from 2013 to 2014 (with at total of almost 210.000 procedures). Also notice that liposuction is the only procedure among the 5 most popular surgical cosmetic procedures that had an increase during the previous year.
Our CEO, George Kakaris, in an interview he gave earlier this month noticed that the reason behind this constantly increasing trend lies in the fact that new ideas, new innovations and advancements increase the interest of possible patients. Which comes in total agreement with what Dr. Scot Glasberg, president of ASPS claims: “The demand for plastic surgery continues to grow as medical advancements are made and technology improves resulting in a wider array of options for patients”. Dr. Glasberg goes a little deeper noticing that communication between patient and the surgeon is much more developed now comparing to the past: “Today, more than ever, patients are empowered with choices to achieve the results they are seeking. Through open communication and a mutual understanding of expectations, patients work closely with their surgeon to determine the procedures most appropriate for them to achieve their optimal outcomes.”
A detailed view in 2014 stats
First we should highlight the fact that minimally invasive/non surgical procedures that utilize fat have shown a 2% increase comparing to 2013. Especially procedures related to buttocks show an extremely high demand. Buttock lift/implants/augmentation’s popularity is rapidly increasing. To be more specific we had a 98% increase in the demand for implants while a 44% up in the demand for buttock lift.
Minimally Invasive Procedures
As for the minimally invasive/non surgical cosmetic procedures we had a 4% boost from 2013 to 2014 (reaching a total number of 13.9 million procedures). The most popular minimally invasive procedures are Botox (and Dysport)followed by tissue fillers and chemical peels. Here is the Top-5 of minimally invasive procedures:
- Botulinum Toxin Type A (6% up and a total of 6.7 million procedures)
- Soft tissue fillers (3% up and a total of 2.3 million procedures)
- Chemical peel (7% up and a total of 1.2 million procedures)
- Laser hair removal (3% up and a total of 1.1 million procedures)
- Microdermabrasion (9% down and a total of 881,905 procedures)
How is this trend explained? To put it very simply it is what patients exactly feel they need, claims Dr. Glasberg: “Subtlety has been the keyword I’ve heard from patients over the past year,” and adds “Minimally invasive procedures typically produce subtle aesthetic results and for many people, that is all they want or need at the time.”
As for the surgical cosmetic procedures they were 1% up reaching 1.7 million procedures during 2014! The real leader of this market is breast augmentation followed by rhinoplasty and liposuction! Here is the surgical cosmetic procedures Top-5:
- Breast augmentation (1% down and a total of 286,254 procedures)
- Nose reshaping (2% down and a total of 217,124 procedures)
- Liposuction (5% up and a total of 210,552 procedures)
- Eyelid surgery (4% down and a total of 206,509 procedures)
- Facelift (4% down and a total of 128,266 procedures)
About Breast Reconstruction
It’s quite essential to underline the fact that we had a rise in the demand for breast reconstruction which allows the breast to regain normal shape and size after mastectomy or lumpectomy to patients suffering from breast cancer! A 7% up during 2014 (and a total of 102.200 procedures) is the most convincing example of why plastic surgery can may be a really useful tool for humanity.
Dr. Glasberg notices: “It’s encouraging to see a significant rise in breast reconstruction rates, because studies show that reconstruction can greatly improve a patient’s quality of life and self-image,” and adds“But, not all breast cancer patients undergo breast reconstruction, in some cases because they are not informed of all of their reconstructive options.”
In this point we feel it’s important to underline that while improving the quality of life is absolutely essential and noone doubts that, implying that self image is an equally important case is quite a delusion. Self image simply doesn’t exist, it is just a fantasy, which in the case of cosmetics can lead people to a perpetual, non-sensical struggle for beauty! Obviously this is not the case with breast reconstruction.. breast reconstruction is an absolutely useful option for someone to recover from a devastating mastectomy. We suggest that you’d spend 150 seconds so as to read our article on the ethics of aesthetics which could possibly give you a complete idea of our opinion regarding the necessity (or not) of cosmetic procedures.
Male Cosmetic Procedures
The ASPS stats regarding male cosmetic surgery follow the last years’ rising trend (click here to get an idea of the whole scenery of male cosmetic surgery on 2013). The reasons that make the idea of cosmetic surgery so attractive to males are identical to the ones that lead females to such procedures (which are, among others, reversing aging, improving self esteem etc). Dr. Glasberg reports: “Male plastic surgery rates have significantly increased since 2000 and the notion that cosmetic procedures are just for women no longer exists,” and adds “Men are seeking to regain a more youthful look, improve their self-image and feel better about their appearance. It is great that plastic surgeons have procedures to meet and often exceed their expectations.”
As for the most demanded male-focused procedures, it seems that they are getting extremely popular. Pectoral implants were 208% up from 2014 to 2014 (a total of 1054 procedures) and male breast reductions were 29% up (from 2000 to 2014, with a total of 26,175 procedures during 2014)
Stay tuned cause later on March we will broadcast the whole list of 2014 stats of ASAPS regarding cosmetic procedures.
PS: For the 2013 ASPS stats click here!