Los Angeles is known as the City of Angels and many LA women have a serious interest in an angelic appearance. The American society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) has released their 2012 Plastic Surgery Statistics Report. The ASPS notes that since 2000, the report represents a universal and comprehensive estimate of cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery procedures performed by ASPS Member Surgeons as well as other physicians most likely to perform plastic surgery procedures. The report presents 2012 statistics and compares them to those of 2011 as well as 2000.
Not surprisingly, women far outnumber men in the use of plastic surgery procedures: 91% of the procedures are performed on women: 12.8 million total cosmetic procedures (5% increase from 2011), including 1.3 million surgical procedures (2% decrease), and 11.3% minimally invasive procedures. Although teens represent the lowest group of utilizers, teen cosmetic surgery has increased 2% (236,000 procedures). The 20-29 year age group saw a 1% increase (804,000 procedures); the 30-39 year age group had a 2% increase (2.5 million procedures); the 40-54 age group saw a 6% increase (6.8 million procedures), and the 55 and over group had a 6% increase (3.6 million procedures).
The plastic surgery procedure that saw the biggest upsurge between the years 2000 and 2012 was the upper arm lift (338 were performed in 2000, while 15,457 were performed in 2012, marking a 4,473% increase. In contrast, the procedure that decreased the most between 2011 and 2022 was the butt lift. Buttock implant procedures plummeted 25%, while buttock lifts waned 36%. Upper arm lifts commonly involve liposuction; a surgical procedure known as brachioplasty, which removes loose skin from the back of the arm is also done. The cost of a brachioplasty ranges between $6,000 and $8,000 and a negative is that a scar is created on the back of the arm.
Although the rate of arm lifts has soared, the procedure is not one of the most popular. The five most popular cosmetic surgical procedures for 2012 were: breast augmentation (286,000 procedures; 7% decrease from 2011); nose reshaping (243,000 procedures; no change); eyelid surgery (204,000 procedures; 4% increase from 2011); liposuction (202,000 procedures; 1% decrease); and facelift 9126,000 procedures; 6% increase from 2011). The five most popular minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures were: Botox injections (6.1 million procedures; 8% increase from 2011); soft tissue fillers (2 million procedures; 5% increase from 2011); chemical peel (1.1 million procedures; 2% increase from 2011); laser hair removal (1.1 million procedures; 4% increase from 2011); and microdermabrasion (974,000 procedures; 8% increase).
The ASPS notes that it is the world’s largest organization of board-certified plastic surgeons. Representing more than 7,000 Member Surgeons, the Society is recognized as a leading authority and information source on aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. ASPS comprises more than 94% of all board-certified plastic surgeons in the United States. Founded in 1931, the Society represents physicians certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery or The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. ASPS advances quality care to plastic surgery patients by encouraging high standards of training, ethics, physician practice, and research in plastic surgery.
The complete report is available at this link.