2013 was a good year for the U.S. economy and this was reflected in the number of people having plastic or cosmetic surgery – 11 million. There was a 12% overall increase in cosmetic procedures performed in this country resulting in over $12 billion spent. Of that $12 billion, $7 billion was spent on surgical operations and $5 billion on nonsurgical procedures such as Botox injection.

There were a number of firsts for 2013:

– Liposuction replaced Breast Augmentation as the most frequently performed procedure (~364,000) with a 16% increase and over $1 billion spent on liposuction in 2013.

– There were a record number of patients doing online research relating to cosmetic surgery.

– $2.5 billion was spent on injectables.

Other interesting tidbits:

– Women are still the major consumers of plastic surgery – 91% of the total.

– The cost of the average surgical/non-surgical procedure = $1,000.

– The cost of the average surgical procedure = $8,333.

– The most frequently performed non-surgical procedure = Botulinum Toxin Injection.

– In 2013 $1.9 billion was spent on non-surgical skin rejuvenation.

The top five nonsurgical procedures were:
– Botox
– Hyaluronic Acid Filler Injection with products such as Juvederm and Restylane
– Hair Removal
– Microdermabrasion
– Photorejuvenation

The top five surgical procedures were:
– Liposuction
– Breast Augmentation
– Eyelid Surgery
– Tummy Tuck
– Nasal Surgery

The takeaway: The economy is improving and people are spending more money on their appearance, not only to look better, but also to increase their competitive edge in the job market.

George Sanders, M.D.