Against the current economic trends worldwide, statistics released this week have shown that the plastic surgery industry in the US has grown for the third consecutive year; and it’s all thanks to non-invasive procedures, such as Botox, dermal filler injections, and chemical peels.
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons – which represents more than 7,000 surgeons in the US – said that 14.6 million procedures of this nature were carried out in 2012, which represents an increase of 5% from the previous year. President of the society Gregory Evans said in a statement that this ‘overall growth’ is ‘driven by a significant rise in minimally invasive procedures, while surgical procedures remain relatively stable.’
According to the statistics, Botox treatments were up 8% in 2012, and demand for dermal filler injections was up 5%. Other non-surgical procedures were also on the increase; laser hair removal rose by 4% and chemical peels were up 2%. Looking at the whole picture, this reveals that minimally invasive treatments accounted for 13 million procedures last year, whilst surgical procedures, such as breast enlargements and facelifts, were down to 1.6 million – a drop of 2% from 2011.
Evans’ statement backed the findings, explaining that ‘Female cosmetic breast surgeries such as breast augmentation, as well as body contouring procedures like tummy tucks, were some of the most popular procedures performed in 2012, although they saw declines.’