The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery has released its statistics for cosmetic surgery procedures performed in 2007.As many experts have predicted, the cosmetic surgery market remains strong despite economic hard times.According to the ASPS, the number of procedures practiced on women in 2007 increased by one percent over those done in 2006, while men’s cosmetic surgery saw a much larger increase, 17 %.Commentators believe that cosmetic surgery is losing its stigma for men, accounting for the significant increase, although men still comprise less than ten percent of the total patients.

The top five surgical procedures were:

  • Liposuction (456,828) (Up 51%)
  • Breast augmentation (399,440) (Up 21 %)
  • Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) (240,763) (Up 3 %)
  • Abdominoplasty (185,335) (Up 27 %)
  • Breast Reduction (153,087) (Up 47 %)

While the top five nonsurgical procedures were:

  • Botox injections (2,775,176) (Down 32 %)
  • Hyaluronic acid fillers (1,448,716) (Up 86 %)
  • Laser hair removal (1,412,657) (Up 63 %)
  • Microdermabrasion (829,658) (Up 2%)
  • Intense Pulsed Light treatment (647,707) (2006 figures not available)

These figures represent a major shakeup in the cosmetic surgery market.The surge in liposuction and breast reduction (partly due, probably, to media attention on the “obesity epidemic” in this country) represents a major change in the landscape of cosmetic surgery. Even more striking is the dramatic fall in Botox treatments last year, and the corresponding surge in hyaluronic acid fillers, which we will no doubt see accompanied by a similar surge in other fillers when the ASPS releases its detailed figures.

Although some may point to health scares about Botox as a possible cause, the alarmist hue and cry surrounding the treatment came too late in the year to dramatically affect its use.Botox has, since its introduction, seen unprecedented popularity among women and men seeking to look younger, and its shift relative other treatments is not because these other treatments work better, but is due to a better understanding of how the treatments can complement one another to give a better result when used in conjunction, and we will probably see the numbers stabilize in the near future.

To learn more about these treatment options, please contact Dr. Rai at the Cosmetic Surgical Center in Dallas, Texas today to set up your initial consultation.