Every year around this time, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) releases data on the cosmetic procedures performed in the US. The society also ranks the top five surgical procedures and minimally-invasive procedures within the given year. Excitingly, the ASPS has just released its most recent data, and these figures may surprise you. In 2011 alone, there were 1,579,079 surgical cosmetic procedures performed in the US, a full 2% increase from 2010. If that sounds impressive, listen to this. When it comes to minimally-invasive cosmetic treatments such as Botox, there were 12,249,647 procedures performed in the US. That number represents a full 6% increase from the 2010 data.
This year, there were also some notable changes in the ASPS’s list of top five cosmetic surgeries. While Breast Augmentation and rhinoplasty retained the top two positions, Facelift Surgery surpassed last year’s number-five surgery which was the Tummy Tuck. A facelift works by tightening the underlying muscles and redraping the skin around the neck and face. Many patients find that this surgery takes years off their appearance. But, how about those looking for less-invasive techniques? Read on!