-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Eyelid surgery and
facelifts are up. So are butt augmentations and neck lifts,
according to new figures from the American Society of Plastic
Surgeons that show a steady increase in cosmetic and reconstructive
surgery procedures in the United States.
This was the fourth consecutive year of growth, the society
reported, noting more than 15 million cosmetic surgeries and
minimally invasive procedures were performed in 2013, an increase
of 3 percent from the year before.
Nose jobs, liposuction and laser hair removal missed the boom,
however. These procedures declined from the previous year, the
Meanwhile, reconstructive surgeries increased by 2 percent, the
Better technology and new products, including a facial filler
that uses hyaluronic acid to treat mid-face volume loss as well as
two types of silicone gel breast implants recently approved by the
U.S. Food and Drug Administration, are likely the reason behind the
upward trend, the society noted.
"The demand for plastic surgery remains strong, with our statistics showing increases in both cosmetic surgical and minimally invasive procedures," said society president Dr. Robert Murphy.
"Facial rejuvenation procedures were especially robust last year, with more Americans opting for facelifts, forehead lifts, eyelid surgery, fillers and peels," Murphy said in a society news release. "With new devices and products hitting the market each year, there are more options and choices available to consumers wanting to refresh their look or [undergo] a little nip and tuck."
Of the 13.4 million minimally invasive procedures performed in
2013, the most common included:
With more people taking steps to smooth out their wrinkles and
folds, the report noted that Botox injections jumped 700 percent
since 2000. And hyaluronic acid facial fillers have increased 18
percent since 2012.
There were also 1.7 million cosmetic surgeries in 2013, up 1
percent from a year ago. Among the most common procedures:
Silicone implants were used in 72 percent of all breast
augmentations, while saline implants were chosen for 28 percent of
these surgeries. The experts noted new technology offers women more
natural looking and feeling results.
Butt augmentation with fat grafting and neck lifts are two new
procedures also on the rise in the United States, according to the
There were 10,000 butt augmentation procedures performed in
2013, up 16 percent from 2012. More than 55,000 neck lifts were
also performed last year, up 6 percent from the year before.
Reconstructive plastic surgery to improve both the appearance
and function of abnormalities also increased 2 percent in 2013. The
top reconstructive procedures performed last year include: tumor
removal, up 5 percent from 2012; laceration repair, with 254,000
procedures; and scar revision.
Breast reconstruction, with 96,000 procedures, was up 4 percent
"It's promising to see breast reconstruction rates rising," noted Murphy. "Less than 20 percent of breast cancer patients undergo breast reconstruction because they are not always informed of their options, although studies show that reconstruction greatly improves quality of life."
The U.S. National Institutes of Health provides more information
plastic and cosmetic surgery.
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