Breast Augmentations Surpass Liposuction in 2008

stock_3Newly released ASPS statistics indicate that a significant change may be taking place in the cosmetic surgery industry;  the popularity of breast implants have surpassed liposuction for the first time.

Nationwide 2008 statistics collected by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reveal that 355,671 breast augmentations were performed in 2008, while liposuction procedures numbered at a close 341,144.

In a recently issued press release, ASPS President Alan Gold is quoted as saying, “for the first time in the twelve years these statistics have been collected, liposuction is a runner up in popularity to breast augmentation. He goes on to predict that “this turnabout will generate discussions in the medical community and the public at large.”  Dr. Gold’s theory is that perhaps “changes in fashion, i.e. décolletage baring styles, might be a factor.”

10.2 million cosmetic procedures were performed in 2008 and 92 percent of them were had by women.  The top 5 procedures include:

  1. Breast Implants
  2. Liposuction
  3. Eyelid Surgery
  4. Rhinoplasty
  5. Tummy tuck

The top 5 non-surgical procedures were:

  1. Botox
  2. Laser Hair Removal
  3. Hyaluronic acid wrinkle fillers (Juvederm, Restylane)
  4. Chemical Peel
  5. Laser Skin Resurfacing