ASAPS Announces Top 5 Cosmetic Procedures for 2008

asapsThe American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery has published statistics for the most sought-after procedures in plastic and cosmetic surgery in 2008.

According to the latest results, the most asked-for nonsurgical cosmetic procedures for both men and women is Botox, and the top surgical cosmetic procedure is breast augmentation.

2008 trends do not vary much from 2007 statistics, but the ASAPS reports a significant decrease of the number of surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic procedures performed in the United States.

A 12% decrease is attributed to the economic downturn, and even though doctors worked hard to get patients in the door by offering layaway plans and payment options, many people have been making cosmetic and plastic surgery a lower priority.

President Alan Gold, MD and ASAPS President recently interviewed with WebMD to point out that many prospective patients simply weren’t comfortable spending money on pricey procedures, and then taking time off work for recovery.However, he does expect demand for cosmetic procedures to spike as soon as the economy covers.Some people are getting a head start with procedures such as Botox and dermal filler injections to appear younger, if only for job security.

For cosmetic procedures, the most significant change was demand for breast augmentation and liposuction.In 2007, liposuction ranked #1 for surgical procedures, but dropped to the second spot this past year.

The top five cosmetic procedures for both men and women in 2008 were as follows:

  1. Breast Augmentation:   -  355,671, down 11% from 2007
  2. Lipoplasty (liposuction)   -  341,144, down 25% from 2007
  3. Eyelid Surgery  -   195,104, down 19% from 2007
  4. Rhinoplasty (nose reshaping surgery)   -  152,434 (no difference here)
  5. Abdominoplasty (tummy tucks) -  147,392, down 20% from 2007

For nonsurgical procedures, the most significant change was demand for laser skin resurfacing.More people opted for this anti-aging procedure, but still pursued Botox and dermal fillers such as Restylane as a ‘quick fix’

The top five nonsurgical cosmetic procedures for men and women in 2008 were:

  1. Botox   -  2,464,123, down 11% from 2007
  2. Laser Hair Removal   -  1,280,964, down 9% from 2007
  3. Hyaluronic Acid (including Hylaform, Juvederm, Perlane/Restylane)  -   1,262,848, down 13% from 2007
  4. Chemical Peel   -  591,808, down 3% from 2007
  5. Laser Skin Resurfacing  -   570,880, up 12% from 2007


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