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Cosmetic Procedures on the Rise

Cosmetic Procedures on the Rise
According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Americans have spent the largest amount on cosmetic surgery since the Great Recession of 2008. To be exact, Americans have spent over 11 million dollars on cosmetic procedures that are both surgical and non-surgical in nature. Furthermore, there was a 12% increase overall in cosmetic procedures.

Top Surgical Procedures of 2013

What may come as a surprise, liposuction has replaced breast augmentation as the most commonly performed surgical procedure and saw a 16% increase, or over a billion dollars spent nationwide.

Additionally, the following is a list of the Top 5 Surgical Procedures in 2013*:

  • Lipsocution (363,912 procedures, up 16.3%)
  • Breast Augmentation (313,327 procedures, down 5.2%)
  • Eyelid Surgery (161,389 procedures, up 5.4%)
  • Tummy Tuck (160,077 procedures, up 2.3%)
  • Nose Surgery (147,966 procedures, up 2.9%)

*These figures were directly taken from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

Why Are Cosmetic Procedures on the Rise?

The experts are attributing the rise to things such as advances in technology, more and more procedures becoming less invasive, and greater accessibility to both surgical and non-surgical options. In addition, with the economy slowly starting to bounce back, people are once again investing in self-improvements.

Top 5 Cosmetic Procedures for Women

Women are still leading the way when it comes to undergoing cosmetic procedures and account for roughly 90.6%* or just over 10 million. Breast augmentation, liposuction, tummy tuck, breast lift and eyelid surgery are still the Top 5 Cosmetic Procedures that women choose.

Dr. Richard G. Schwartz reports that in his aesthetic plastic surgery practice in West Palm Beach, Florida, the popularity of face and neck lifts ranks them up with breast enlargement as the most frequently requested procedures for women.

Top 5 Cosmetic Procedures for Men

Male Cosmetic ProceduresWhile men only account for 9%*, or 1 million of the total procedures, they are still opting to undergo surgeries as well. The Top 5 Cosmetic Procedures that men choose are liposuction, eyelid surgery, nose surgery, breast reduction and ear surgery.

Top 5 Non-Surgical Procedures

With a 15% increase, injectables such as Botox, Dysport, or Xeomin still remain the most frequently performed non-surgical procedures. Over 2.5 billion dollars were spent in non-surgical procedures in 2013 alone!

The Top 5 Non-Surgical Procedures Include*:

  • Botulinum Toxin (3,766,148 procedures, up 15.6%)
  • Hyaluronic Acid “fillers” (such as Juvederm, Restylane, or Belotero) (1,872,172 procedures, up 31.5%)
  • Hair Removal (901,571 procedures, up 2%)
  • Microdermabrasion (479,865 procedures, down 3.8%)
  • Photo Rejuvenation (456,613 procedures, up 35.3%)

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When choosing to undergo a surgical or non-surgical cosmetic procedure, it’s important to choose a surgeon that you can trust and one that is board certified. Dr. Richard Schwartz has been practicing plastic and cosmetic surgery for more than 25 years now. He is also board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and an elected member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

For more information on any of the cosmetic procedures listed above, please call 561-232-3120 or request a consultation online.


23, June, 2014Dr. Richard Schwartz

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