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Liposuction is the world's most popular procedure in cosmetic surgery. (Photo: Dr Michael S. Schwartz)
Jan 29, 2013 | News Americas

Plastic surgery: Liposuction and Botox treatments most performed procedures

by Surgical Tribune

HANOVER, Pa., USA: Cosmetic surgery is becoming increasingly popular around the world. According to an analysis by the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS), the most performed surgical procedure worldwide is liposuction. The most popular nonsurgical procedure is Botox and Dysport treatment.

The data refers to the latest available figures (2011). Liposuction accounted for 19.9 percent of global cosmetic surgical treatments in 2011. Breast augmentation ranked second (18.9 percent), followed by blepharoplasty (11 percent). With rather less demand were procedures such as chin enlargements (0.9 percent, ranked 15th), thigh lifts (0.7 percent, ranked 17th) and buttock lifts (0.4 percent, ranked 19th). The rankings of surgical procedures in 2011 were very similar to those performed in 2010.

In terms of nonsurgical procedures, the most popular procedure was treatment with botulinum toxin Type A (Botox and Dysport). This method accounted for 38.1 percent of all treatments of this kind worldwide. Treatment with hyaluronic acid (23.2 percent) and laser hair removal (10.9 percent) ranked second and third, respectively. Sclerotherapy (1 percent, ranked 12th) and dermabrasion (0.7 percent, rank 13th) were the treatments with the lowest demand. These ranking results have also not changed significantly since 2010.

According to ISAPS, there are approximately 32,000 plastic surgeons worldwide. Most of them are practicing in the U.S. (18.7 percent, about 6,000) , Brazil (15.8 percent, about 5,000) and China (6.3 percent, about 2,000), followed by Japan, Mexico, Italy, South Korea, India, France, Colombia, Germany, Spain, Turkey, Russia, the UK and Canada. This ranking is roughly reflected in the number of procedures performed (both surgical and nonsurgical), which in 2011 totaled about 1.1 million in the U.S., 900,000 in Brazil and 400,000 in China.

The full report can be downloaded free from ISAPS' website. The results are based on a two-page questionnaire distributed to 20,000 surgeons worldwide.

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