ISAPS releases study results

03 Feb 2012

The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) has released the results of the second International Study of Aesthetic/Cosmetic Surgery Procedures.

The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) has released the results of the second International Study of Aesthetic/Cosmetic Surgery Procedures.
The 2011 study reveals a new hierarchy of countries with the most surgical and non-surgical aesthetic/cosmetic procedures performed by board certified (or equivalent) plastic surgeons in 2010. The United States continues its dominance in the field, with Brazil having the second highest number of plastic surgeons. Britain ranked 16th, perhaps surprisingly behind China, Japan, India, Mexico, Italy, South Korea, France, Colombia, Germany, Turkey, Spain, Russia and Canada.
Lipoplasty remains the most performed procedure, representing 23% of total surgical procedures, followed by breast augmentation at 16%, blepharoplasty at 11.5%, rhinoplasty at 10.4%and abdominoplasty at 7.2%.  The popularity of surgical procedures varied by country with the United States, Brazil, China, India, Japan, Mexico and Italy the dominant countries for these top five surgical procedures. Advances in non-surgical procedures, coupled with the desirability of less expensive treatments, correlated with the number of these procedures performed by plastic surgeons with the five leading procedures being:  botulinum toxin type A (Botox® and Dysport® ), hyaluronic acid, autologous fat, laser hair removal and IPL laser treatment. 

A new feature of the 2011 study includes average surgeons’ fees charged per procedure.  The analysis weighted the averages based on the number of procedures performed in each country and the country’s average reported fee. Face-lifts remain the most expensive of the 10 procedures reported. 

The ISAPS survey also reports several important statistics with regard to the total number of board certified (or national equivalent) plastic surgeons practicing globally (estimated to be 33,000). The total number of surgical procedures is projected to have increased to 9,462,391 and the number of non-surgical procedures is estimated at 9,095,434 bringing the combined worldwide total of surgical and non-surgical procedures performed by board certified plastic surgeons to 18,557,825, up from the 2009 total of 17,295,557.  These figures do not take into account surgical and non-surgical procedures performed by medical professionals and others who are not plastic surgeons.

“Calculating surgical and non-surgical procedures by properly trained plastic surgeons around the world was a challenging process,” said Dr Sampaio Goes of Brazil, an ISAPS past president and chairman of the ISAPS Communications Committee responsible for oversight of the survey. “We chose a respected survey company with extensive experience in plastic surgery.  The results are credible and scientifically significant.  Comparison with the previous year’s figures show modest trends that we will continue to watch with the planned 2012 survey.”

The survey was compiled, tabulated and analysed by Industry Insights, Inc and the full results can be seen by visiting www.isaps.org.

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