REPORT: Plastic Surgery a $10 Billion Dollar Industry in 2011 with 9.2 Million Procedures

Arizona plastic surgeons attribute growth to competitive job market, baby boomers and men
March 21, 2012 - PRLog -- SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ. (March 21, 2012) – The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) just released their 15th annual multi-specialty procedural statistics. The Aesthetic Society, which has collected plastic surgery procedural statistics since 1997, says the overall number of cosmetic procedures has increased 197 percent since the tracking of the statistics first began. Almost 9.2 million cosmetic surgical and nonsurgical procedures were performed in the United States in 2011. The most frequently performed surgical procedure was lipoplasty (liposuction) and the most popular nonsurgical procedure was injections of Botulinum Toxin Type A (including Botox and Dysport). These statistics align with Arizona’s state statistics, and Valley plastic surgeons say demand for plastic surgery procedures is on the steady incline thanks to a competitive job market, aging population and more men going under the knife.

"Even during the worst parts of the economic downturn people were still having plastic surgery procedures performed,” said board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Daniel Shapiro of Shapiro Plastic Surgery in Scottsdale. “Many patients that had procedures performed during that time period attributed their decision to look younger to stay competitive in the job market,” he said.  

“During that time, we saw a lot of face lifts, brow lifts, and liposuctions – typically procedures that are most popular with people over 40. Now we are seeing more younger patients with dispensable income requesting augmenting procedures like breast implants, lip implants, chin implants and rhinoplasties, in addition to the older patient population,” Dr. Shapiro said.

More men had plastic surgery in 2011 than ever before. "At my practice, we saw at least a 20% increase in men having both surgical and non-surgical procedures. Men are defininely conscious of their appearance and are willing to spend just as much as women to reverse the signs of aging," he said.

Cosmetic surgical procedures increased almost 1 percent in the past year, with over 1.6 million procedures in 2011. Surgical procedures accounted for 18% of the total numbers of procedure performed representing 63% of total expenditures.  The top five surgical procedures were:

           Liposuction (325,332)

           Breast augmentation (316,848)

           Abdominoplasty (149,410)

           Eyelid surgery (147,540)

           Breast Lift (127,054)

"Growth in demand will likely continue to grow as baby boomers and their offspring begin to explore surgical options," said Dr. Shapiro. "Minimally-invasive procedures such as Botox and soft tissue fillers work to a point. However, as you age and gravity takes over, surgical procedures that lift the skin and reshape the underlying tissues are necessary in order to show significant improvement."

Women had almost 8.4 million cosmetic procedures, 91% of the total. The number of cosmetic procedures for women increased over 208% from 1997. The top five surgical procedures for women were: breast augmentation, liposuction, tummy tuck, eyelid surgery, and breast lift.

Men had almost 800,000 cosmetic procedures, 9% of the total. The number of cosmetic procedures for men increased over 121% from 1997. The top five surgical procedures for men were: liposuction, rhinoplasty, eyelid surgery, breast reduction to treat enlarged male breast, and facelift.

Americans spent nearly $10 billion on cosmetic procedures in 2011. Of that total $6.2 billion was spent on surgical procedures; $1.7 billion was spent on injectable procedures; $1.6 billion was spent on skin rejuvenation procedures; and over $360 million was spent on other nonsurgical procedures, including laser hair removal and laser treatment of leg veins.

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About Dr. Shapiro and Paradise Valley Skin Klinic

Dr. Daniel Shapiro is a renowned Scottsdale cosmetic surgeon who is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and has been practicing cosmetic surgery in the Scottsdale and Paradise Valley Arizona area for over 19 years. He brings a wealth of experience to his practice, with his aesthetic vision and surgical expertise making him one of the most sought after Scottsdale cosmetic surgeons. Dr. Shapiro is constantly improving and evolving techniques introduced to him during his plastic surgical residency at the prestigious New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center in New York City, and continues to expand the offerings at his practice to include innovative non-surgical procedures such as the Ulthera System for patients to receive the results they desire without the added commitment of a full surgical procedure. For more information visit

About the ASAPS Cosmetic Surgery National Data Bank

ASAPS, working with an independent research firm, compiled the 15-year national data for procedures performed 1997-2011. A paper-based questionnaire was mailed to 22,700 Board-Certified physicians (8,900 Dermatologists, 8,100 Otolaryngologists, and 5,700 Plastic Surgeons). A second request was mailed to 4,000 Dermatologists and 4,000 Otolaryngologists.  An online version of the questionnaire was also available. A total of 1,107 physicians returned questionnaires, of which 92 were retired or otherwise inactive during 2011. Of the 1,015 active respondents, the sample consisted of 420 Plastic Surgeons, 384 Dermatologists, and 211 Otolaryngologists.

Final figures have been projected to reflect nationwide statistics and are based exclusively on the Board-Certified Plastic Surgeons; Otolaryngologists; and Dermatologists. The findings have been aggregated and extrapolated to the known population of 24,650 active physicians who are Board Certified in these specialties. Though the confidence intervals change by procedure, depending on the grouping’s sample size and the response variance, the overall survey portion of this research has a standard error of +/- 3% at a 95% level of confidence.


The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), is recognized as the world’s leading organization devoted entirely to aesthetic plastic surgery and cosmetic medicine of the face and body.  ASAPS is comprised of over 2,600 Plastic Surgeons; active members are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (USA) or by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and have extensive training in the complete spectrum of surgical and non-surgical aesthetic procedures. International active members are certified by equivalent boards of their respective countries. All members worldwide adhere to a strict Code of Ethics and must meet stringent membership requirements.

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