“The results of this survey confirm that Americans continue to view cosmetic plastic surgery as an important way to enhance their quality of life,” says Dr. Gunter.
More than 16,000 questionnaires were mailed nationwide to a random sampling of board-certified doctors in three specialties most likely to perform several or more of the 39 top cosmetic procedures. Results of the survey were used to project national data on the number of cosmetic procedures in 2008, which totaled nearly 10.2 million. This figure is a 162 percent increase since the collection of the statistics first began in 1997.
The top five surgical procedures in 2008 were breast augmentation (355,671); liposuction (341,144); eyelid surgery (195,104); rhinoplasty (152,434); and abdominoplasty (147,392). Women had 92 percent of all cosmetic procedures, a total of 9.3 million procedures. Men had 8 percent of all cosmetic procedures, under 1 million procedures. People ages 35-50 had 45 percent of all cosmetic procedures. Traditional racial and ethnic minorities including Hispanics, African-Americans and Asians accounted for 20 percent of the total number of procedures nationwide.
Dr. Gunter has been an ASAPS member since 1988. He is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and limits his practice to primary and secondary rhinoplasty.
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Dr. Jack P. Gunter of the Gunter Center for Aesthetics & Cosmetic Surgery specialize exclusivley in rhinoplasty and revision rhinoplasty surgery.