7 Interesting Cosmetic Surgery Facts

Are you considering cosmetic surgery? It’s more common than ever, with the number of procedures increasing every year – even for men. As medical advances in cosmetic procedures increase, so to do the options of where to have it done, and how.

There is an array of different locations and price points available, depending on the changes you want to make on your body, and how much money you have to spend, or what your insurance covers. Check out these statistics from the American Society for Aesthetic to help you make your decision on what work to have done, and where to have it performed.

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%.