What Was 2012’s Hottest Cosmetic Procedure?

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In 2012 economic indicators such as automotive, retail and home real estate saw gains. And according to new statistics released this week from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), so did plastic surgery. According to the new stats, 14.6 million cosmetic plastic surgery procedures were performed in the United States in 2012, up 5 percent from 2011.

So, what were the most popular procedures? There were more than 13 million minimally-invasive procedures performed in 2012. Cosmetic minimally-invasive procedures (like injectables and fillers, chemical peels, laser treatments and microdermabrasion) increased by 6 percent from 2011.

"Our annual statistics serve as a snapshot regarding the plastic surgery industry," says ASPS president Gregory Evans, MD. "For the third consecutive year, the overall growth in cosmetic surgery continues to be driven by a significant rise in minimally-invasive procedures, while surgical procedures remain relatively stable. We are aware, however, that patients who begin with less invasive treatments with a plastic surgeon may opt for more invasive, surgical procedures once required."

The most growth in 2012 was seen in facial rejuvenation procedures—both surgical and minimally-invasive. 2012 marked the highest number of botulinum toxin type A injections in history. Up 8 percent from 2011, there were 6.1 million botulinum toxin type A injections last year. "Facial rejuvenation procedures to eradicate wrinkles, refresh, or tighten sagging skin experienced growth, as more consumers chose to maintain or restore a youthful appearance with these procedures," says Dr. Evans.

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