2003 Cosmetic Surgery Statistics show strong increases

Chicago (January 26, 2004) – The results of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery’s (AACS) 2003 Procedural Survey show growth in nearly all cosmetic procedures, with the greatest amount of growth in non-invasive treatments. According to its members, over 870,000 patients were treated in 2003, a 6.7% increase from 2002.

The largest area of growth was in non-invasive procedures, with treatments such as Botox, microdermabrasion and newly FDA-approved Restylane leading the way. With an 11% increase in treatments from the previous year, Botox not only saw the largest increase, but also remained the most requested cosmetic surgery procedure overall.

Invasive surgical procedures saw modest growth driven by an 8.5% increase in breast augmentation and 6.3% growth in liposuction. Liposuction remains the most popular surgical procedure overall followed by sclerotherapy and breast augmentation. Survey results also showed the variance between men and women requesting cosmetic surgery. While the largest growth remained with women, over 89,000 men had cosmetic surgery in 2003. Their most popular treatments were hair transplantation and restoration, liposuction and blepharoplasty.

Results show that cosmetic surgeons perform a variety of procedures in their office. Over 90% of the cosmetic surgeons surveyed perform Botox in their office, making it the most widespread treatment, while 74% perform liposuction in an ambulatory setting. Additionally, over 30% of respondants are already utilizing the new injectable Restylane, poising it to record extreme growth in the next year. More specialized procedures such as buttock lifts and implants and pectoral implants are only performed by about 2% of surgeons. The average age of patients receiving cosmetic surgery grew slightly to 41.

The 2003 Procedural Statistics are based on a survey of U.S.-based AACS members completed in December 2003.

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