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Posted Jun 10 2009 6:43pm

The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery has released its 2008 procedures statistics. It has been collecting data since 1997 to monitor trends for cosmetic plastic surgery and a portion of it includes cosmetic procedures performed by plastic surgeons. A staggering total of 10.2 million cosmetic procedures were performed in 2008! This is over 1.5x the number of procedures performed since the data collection started 11 years ago!

The most common procedures performed in 2008:


  1. Botox 2,464,123
  2. Laser hair removal 1,280,964
  3. Hyaluronic Acid (like Hylaform, Juvederm, Perlene/ Restylene) 1,262,848
  4. Chemical peels (like glycolic acid) 591,808
  5. Laser Skin resurfacing 570,880


  1. Breast augmentation 355,671
  2. Liposuction 341,144
  3. Eyelid surgery 195,104
  4. Rhinoplasty 152,434
  5. Abdominoplasty 147,392


  1. Botox
  2. Hyaluronic Acid
  3. Laser hair removal
  4. Chemical peels
  5. Laser skin resurfacing


  1. Breast augmentation
  2. Liposuction
  3. Eyelid surgery
  4. Abdominoplasty
  5. Breast reduction

As women make up almost 92% of all procedures, I did not include figures for procedures performed in men. However, they can be found here.

The 2008 statistics does not vary much from the 2007 statistics. The most significant difference is that breast augmentation has overtaken liposuction as the top cosmetic procedure to be performed in the United States. There has also been a 12% decrease in the total number of cosmetic procedures- which the ASAPS attributes to the economic downturn. This decrease has occurred despite doctors offering more attractive packages and payment plans. It seems people have made cosmetic surgery a lower priority, and are not comfortable with spending such money. And among patients who knock on their door asking for botox an injectable fillers to look younger, a number cite job security as a factor for such procedures. But they expect the demand for cosmetic procedures to swing upwards as the economy recovers. 

About ASPS
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons is the largest organization of board-certified plastic surgeons in the world. Representing more than 6,700 physician members, the Society is recognized as a leading authority and information source on cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. ASPS comprises more than 94 percent of all board-certified plastic surgeons in the United States. Founded in 1931, the Society represents physicians certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery or The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

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