The number of Americans receiving cosmetic surgery rose by 1% from 2001 to 2002, but the number seeking nonsurgical cosmetic procedures fell by 15% in the same period, according to a survey by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Overall, nearly 6.6 million Americans had either surgical or nonsurgical procedures in 2002, for a net effect of a 12% decline from the year before, the society stated in a report released Tuesday.
The society reports that the number of nonsurgical procedures fell despite federal approval last year of Botox injections, which became the most popular item in the category of procedures.
More than 1.1 million people used Botox in 2001, an increase of 31% over 2001, the society says. The FDA approved cosmetic use of Botox in April 2002.
"The decline in non-surgical numbers reflects the 'impulse' purchases that people may forgo in light of a turbulent economy," says ASPS President James Wells, M.D., in the release.
Specifically, ASPS reports that:
- The top five cosmetic surgical procedures in 2002 were nose-reshaping, liposuction, breast augmentation, eyelid surgery and facelift.
- The top five nonsurgical cosmetic procedures in 2002 were Botox injection, chemical peel, microdermabrasion, laser hair removal and sclerotherapy.
- Women made up 85% of all patients for cosmetic surgeries or procedures.
- The 35-50 age group made up 45% of all cosmetic patients. Their No. 1 choice for surgical procedures was liposuction, while Botox was their No. 1 choice for a nonsurgical procedure.
- The 19-34 age group made up 24% of the cosmetic patients. Their No. 1 choice for surgery was breast augmentation and their No. 1 nonsurgical preference was microdermabrasion.
- The 51-64 age group made up 22% of all cosmetic patients, with eyelid surgery as their No. 1 surgical choice and Botox as their No. 1 nonsurgical choice.
- People age 18 or younger made up 3% of cosmetic patients. Their No. 1 surgery choice was nose-reshaping, while their No. 1 nonsurgical choice was chemical peel.