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United States, Brazil Are Countries with the Most Plastic Surgery Procedures

The first-ever reliable international plastic surgery survey data has been released by the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS), revealing that the United States was the country with the most plastic surgery (surgical and non-surgical) procedures performed last year. Brazil was the number two country, where 14.3% of  all procedures were performed.

The top five nations were rounded out by China (12.7% of total procedures); India (5.2%); and Mexico (4.8%).

“It is no surprise to me that the United States has the largest number of aesthetic procedures, and same with Brazil,” says ISAPS President Foad Nahai, MD, a plastic surgeon in Atlanta. “But countries like China and India with emerging economies are generating a lot wealth and as that wealth is passed around, people are choosing to their spend discretionary income on aesthetic procedures.”

Non-Surgical Procedures Top Surgical Ones

“Reflecting both advances in cosmetic surgery innovation and the desirability of less expensive treatments,”  the total number of non-surgical procedures topped the number of surgical procedures, according to ISAPS.

The top five non-surgical procedures were:

  1. Toxins or neuromodulators injections (Botox, Dysport) (32.7%)
  2. Hyaluronic acid injections (such as Juvederm) (20.1%)
  3. Laser hair removal (13.1%)
  4. Autologous fat injections (5.9%)
  5. IPL Laser Treatment (4.4%)

The top five surgical procedures were:

  1. Liposuction (19%  percent of all surgery procedures)
  2. Breast augmentation (17%)
  3. Eyelid lift (13.5%)
  4. Rhinoplasty (9.4%)
  5. Tummy tuck (7.3%).

The survey found variations for the top procedures among countries. “It is not always liposuction and breast augmentation that are No. 1,” says Dr. Nahai. For instance, injectables are not yet as popular in other countries as they are in the U.S, he says.

For more details on the worldwide statistics, visit the ISAPS website.

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