Plastic Surgery On The Rise
The total number of cosmetic procedures performed in the United States by plastic surgeons has nearly doubled since 2000. Surgeries are on the decline, but minimally invasive procedures — such as Botox injections and chemical peels — are on the rise, up more than 120% over the same period.
Last week, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) released its annual report on cosmetic procedures in 2011. 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the report to identify the most commonly performed plastic surgeries in America.
In the past year, plastic surgeons performed nearly 14 million cosmetic procedures, including over 1.5 million surgeries, with total surgeon fees exceeding $10 billion. Though minimally invasive procedures account for nearly 90% of the procedures, surgical procedures cost significantly more and, as a result, account for more than half of surgical fees.
The average surgical procedure costs $3,694, while the average minimally invasive procedure costs $376. And the difference may be informing patients’ decisions.
Overall, cosmetic surgeries have become safer, more efficient and relatively cheaper. Generally done in an outpatient setting — in a doctor’s office or surgical center — they frequently require no overnight stays in the hospital.
Wall Street Journal