Cosmetic Surgery Has Become More Common
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, there was a 9% increase in the total number of cosmetic surgeries performed in the United States from 2009 to 2010, with similar increases every year since then. More people are having minor work done than ever before.
Americans Spend Heavily on Cosmetic Surgery
$10.7 billion was spent on cosmetic procedures in 2010. Much of this work wasn’t covered by insurance in the US, meaning patients either took out loans or paid out of pocket. Many of these procedures remain quite affordable in Mexico.
Caucasians Undergo the Most Cosmetic Surgeries
81% of cosmetic surgeries are performed on Caucasian patients. Hispanic patients have 8% of procedures, African-Americans, 6%; Asians, 4%; and other non-Caucasians, 1%.
Doctors Focus on Surgery, Not Complimentary Spa Services
75% of doctors surveyed by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reported they do not offer complimentary services in conjunction with their medical practices. 88% of these doctors do not work with medical spas where nonsurgical procedures like injections and laser procedures are performed. This all-in-one approach is more common in clinics abroad.
People Ages 35 to 50 Have the Most Surgery
This age group had more than four million procedures in 2010, accounting for 44% of all work done. The younger demographic, ages 19-34, had 20% of procedures, while ages 51-64 had 28% of procedures, and age 65 and over had 7%.
Women Have More Procedures Than Men
Not surprisingly, women had almost 8.6 million cosmetic procedures in 2010, 92% of the total number of procedures done. This is an increase of 164% from 1997.
Procedures Are Not Always Performed in Hospitals
Most cosmetic surgery procedures, over 56%, take place in a doctor’s office, followed by a free-standing surgery center at 24%, and in a hospital, at 19%.