Infographic: Plastic Fantastic - What We Pay To Go Under The Knife


Infographic: Plastic Fantastic - What We Pay To Go Under The Knife

Plastic Fantastic: What We Pay To Go Under the Knife

13.8 million cosmetic procedures were completed in 2011. Cosmetic procedures are more popular than ever - for both men and women! 

Why do people shell out so much money for it?

The Cost of Perfection
Popular procedures and plastic surgery cost statistics from 2011:

  • Facelift - $6,408
  • Eyelid Surgery - $2,630
  • Breast Augmentation - $3,501
  • Tummy Tuck - $5,279
  • Liposuction - $2,773
  • Male Breast Reduction - $3,277

The Nose Knows
Men and women rarely agree, but they do meet in the middle on one thing: everyone wants a better looking nose.

  • The average cost of rhinoplasty is $4,246
  • Rhinoplasty is the one of the most popular surgeries for both sexes
  • 2nd most popular procedure for women in 2011
  • Most popular procedure for men in 2011

Plastic Nation
Men and women throughout the US are seeking out different cosmetic surgeries and trends are evident by region. 36% of breast augmentation patients in 2011 went under the knife in the Mountain/Pacific region.

2011 Most Popular Surgeries
Most popular surgical cosmetic procedures and the number performed in 2011:

  • Breast Augmentation - 307,180
  • Rhinoplasty - 243,772
  • Liposuction - 204,702
  • Eyelid Surgery - 196,286
  • Facelift - 119,026
  • Tummy Tuck - 115,902

A Face for Every Age
The most popular age range to get a cosmetic procedure is 35 - 50.

  • Age 18: 1.4%
  • 19 - 34 years: 19.5%
  • 35 - 50 years: 42.9%
  • 51 - 64 years: 27.8%
  • 65+ years: 8.3%

Beauty’s Price
Surgery’s rise in popularity has a lot to do with minimally invasive procedures. Getting pretty has become more affordable than ever, as one third of cosmetic patients make $30,000 a year. The cost of the average surgical procedure is $3,694, while the cost of the average minimally invasive procedure is only $376.

Minimally invasive procedures have increased in popularity 123% in the last decade, and only one in nine cosmetic procedures are actually surgical.

In 2011, Americans on average, spent 4 times more on non-invasive procedures than invasive cosmetic surgeries.

  • Non-invasive procedure spending in 2011 totaled $4.4 billion.
  • Invasive procedure spending in 2011 summed in at $1.1 billion.


BOTOX: $2 billion Tummy Tuck: $503 million
Soft Tissue Fillers: $1.2 billion Eyelid Surgery: $388 million
Chemical Peel: $725 million Facelift: $72 million
Laser Hair Removal: $386 million Male Breast Reduction: $65 million
Microdermabrasion: $127 million Liposuction: $64 million
Laser Skin Resurfacing: $466 thousand Breast Augmentation: $12 million

Find A Doctor
The availability of financing options has also made plastic surgery procedures more attainable than ever. Before going under the knife, make sure to:

American Society of Plastic Surgeons, The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, University of California Los Angeles, Gallup Inc


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