Cosmetic Surgery On The Rise In American Women And Men


In  previous post I was talking about “How To Deal With Your Aging Fears And Move Forward”  and got some questions regarding the number of cosmetic procedures in both men and women.

The  American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) released their 15thannual multi-specialty procedural statistics.

Almost 9.2 million cosmetic surgical and nonsurgical procedures were performed in the United States in 2011.

If the number of cosmetic surgery procedures increased in men, women are still counting for 90% of the total surgeries.

Cosmetic surgical procedures increased almost 1 percent in the past year, with over 1.6 million procedures in 2011. Surgical procedures accounted for 18% of the total numbers of procedure performed representing 63% of total expenditures.  The top five surgical procedures were:

Men had almost 800,000 cosmetic procedures, 9% of the total. The number of cosmetic procedures for men increased over 121% from 1997. The top five surgical procedures for men were: liposuctionrhinoplastyeyelid surgerybreast reduction to treat enlarged male breast, and facelift.

Americans spent nearly $10 billion on cosmetic procedures in 2011. Of that total $6.2 billion was spent on surgical procedures.

These numbers show how much pressure the society is putting on physical appearance, especially among baby boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964). One reason could be the increasing number of baby boomers looking for love online. CNN reports that internet dating sites are the most popular way people are finding companions and those over 50 are the fastest growing segment of eHarmony’s users.

However the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) reported that “adults between the ages of 31 and 45 (generation X) accounted for 43% of all cosmetic procedures in 2010. Baby boomers, aged 51 to 64, who do in fact have more expendable income, accounted for just 28% of such procedures.

Percent of Total All Surgical and Non Surgical Procedures by Age: 

1.4% Ages 18 and under
19.5% Ages 19-34
42.9% Ages 35-50 (Gen X)
27.8% Ages 51-64 (baby boomers)
8.3% Ages 65+

Acceptance of those who undergo plastic surgeries is increasing as well, according to ASAPS. A recent survey found that 53 percent of women and 49 percent of men say they approve of plastic surgery. In addition, 67 percent of Americans said they would not be embarrassed if their friends and family knew they had cosmetic surgery.

Read more here :News Releases – Statistics, Surveys.

Reference : 2011 ASAPS Statistics: Complete charts [Including National Totals, Percent of Change, Gender Distribution, Age Distribution, National Average Fees, Economic, Regional and Ethnic Information] – [PDF]

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13 thoughts on “Cosmetic Surgery On The Rise In American Women And Men

  1. Sami Sampsonite June 17, 2012 at 8:47 pm Reply

    Wow a 9% increase? i expected a large increase this year but 9%!

    • Anne Egros, Global Executive Coach June 18, 2012 at 9:30 am Reply

      Hi Sami, not 9% increase, only 1% increase for plastic surgery only but 13% increase in the total number of liposuction procedures with over 300,000 procedures performed. 9% is the total number of procedures in 2011 for men.

  2. Flory June 21, 2012 at 4:07 am Reply

    I think the reason for this increase is the amazing results celebrities had with the help of plastic surgeries. Even if most of them deny having something done, a qualified person can tell if there’s a change only by seeing some before/after pictures.
    My doctor from Edelstein Cosmetic told me that even if you go to the most skilled surgeon people will see his work so there’s no need to hide, lie or deny because there’s nothing wrong with changing something you don’t like.

    • Anne Egros, Global Executive Coach June 23, 2012 at 12:26 am Reply

      Thanks Flory, I do understand people who want to change their appearances by doing cosmetic surgery, The only thing is to make sure you are doing it for the right reason. If you want to find love by putting breast implants, I am not sure it is going to work.

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  4. A.H.Shafayet July 23, 2012 at 6:21 pm Reply

    nice post with true statistics. Now-a-days cosmetic surgery are increasing because of celebrity. Thanks for sharing your informative article.

  5. liposuction orange county September 6, 2012 at 2:20 am Reply

    i don’t understand why baby boomers look for these surgery more as physical appearance matter to all same way.

  6. askannesmith October 9, 2012 at 5:22 am Reply

    The argument that the current generation are the only one who are addicted on cosmetic surgery is totally outrageous. I guess, if these technologies were invented before than of today, the number of getting cosmetic surgery will be the same. Because i believe the human desire to look beautiful will never change across generations.

    • Anne Egros, Global Executive Coach October 10, 2012 at 10:25 am Reply

      Anne, the study doesn’t say that generation X is addicted to cosmetic surgery, there is no judgement about the number of procedures performed today 41 % versus 28% for baby boomers. However I agree with you that the difference may be due to a negative perception about using cosmetic surgery among 45+ year old because cosmetic procedures were not very common or too expensive when they were younger.

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