2006 plastic surgery statistics have been released by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and there is a big surprise over last year’s numbers: the number of both surgical and non-surgical procedures hasn’t changed all that much.
While non-surgical procedures have grown from 1 million to more than 9 million procedures over the past ten years, since 2005, they’ve only increased 3%. Surgical procedures have hovered around the two-million mark annually since 2003. And it’s no surprise that among women, breast implants and Botox injections are the most popular procedures in their respective surgical and non-surgical categories. Liposuction remains the most popular surgical procedure overall.
What does this mean? Those who want surgery are still choosing to have surgery despite the number of non-invasive procedures being introduced, and those who like to try new things are sticking with procedures that have predictable outcomes, like injectables, skin resurfacing, spider vein treatment and laser hair removal. The biggest growth was seen in mesotherapy injections-a non-standardized cocktail of enzymes and medications designed to melt away fat or impart youth. Some 28,000 people tried mesotherapy, a currently unproven treatment, in 2006. The first sanctioned clinical study on mesotherapy was launched by the Aesthetic Society Research and Educational Foundation in 2006, and the conclusions are still many months away.
The ASAPS statistics are the most relevant to consumers of medical beauty treatments as they measure treatments performed not only by board-certified plastic surgeons, but also those procedures appropriately performed by dermatologists and facial plastic surgeons.
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