A recent survey from the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS) reports that more than 17 million cosmetic procedures were performed in the United States in 2009, and this number has surpassed any number previously reported. The AACS surveyed random physicians around the country to find out who was performing some of today’s most popular procedures, and what the most sought-after procedures are.
According to President of AACS, Mark Berman, M.D., “The cosmetic surgery industry continues to grow at a rate many people never thought it would reach…with the aging of the baby boomer generation, I don’t think we’ve come close to hitting the ceiling yet. That 17 million is going to expand.”
The most popular procedures, as of 2009, include the eyelid lift, tummy tucks and nose reshaping surgery. The most popular minimally-invasive procedures over the last five years include laser skin resurfacing, injectable fillers and chemical peels. Dr. Berman points out that as the economy slowly begins to recover, more patients will be returning to the doctor’s office and undergoing procedures that they have been putting off for a while.
The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery also reports that the baby boomer generation is contributing to the rise in cosmetic surgeries, and are seeking out more anti-aging procedures to restore their youthful looks. In 2009, the average age of facelift patients was 54.1 years, and the average age for eyelid lifts was 52.3 years. The average age of patients receiving Botox was 46.6 and injectable fillers was 46.8 years.
Dr. Berman states, “I think this might come as a surprise to the public when they see just how many baby boomers are trying to slow down the aging process…as a surgeon, these numbers aren’t surprising because we see older patients all the time.”