International Survey Shows Global Aesthetic Surgery Trends

The first international survey of plastic surgeons has been completed, providing data on the worldwide number of cosmetic procedures performed by board certified plastic surgeons. Thanks to the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, we can now better understand the growth of this medical specialty.

Liposuction surpassed all other procedures in popularity, followed by breast augmentation, eyelid surgery, rhinoplasty and tummy tuck. Although procedures varied among different countries, the U.S., Brazil, China, Mexico, India and Japan were the dominant countries representing the top five surgical procedures. The total estimated number of cosmetic procedures performed by board-certified (or equivalent) plastic surgeons was 17,295,557.

Interestingly, plastic surgeons reported more non-surgical procedures than surgical procedures, with the most common treatment being botulinum toxin injections (Botox or Dysport).

The survey data was released in time for the 20th Biennial Congress of ISAPS, which is taking place right now in San Francisco. Read more on or

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