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USA Tops in Plastic Surgery Numbers

Posted On: February 06, 2013 Author: The Office of Dr. Stuart Linder Posted In: Media

A very interesting story today in USA Today indicates that the United States of America remains the plastic surgery capital of the world when it comes to the number of plastic surgeons and the number of plastic surgical procedures performed annually.  The numbers include the most common procedures, including tummy tucks, liposuction, breast implants, and breast lifts.  The United States has been shown to be at the highest number of surgeries performed in 2011, 6.3 million surgeries and 8.3 million non-surgical procedures such as Botox.  The data was analyzed from the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ISAPS).  However, rates by population are higher in South Korea, Greece and Italy where more than 10 procedures were performed per 1000 people in 2011.  Just over 3.1 million procedures were performed in the United States of America in 2011.

Other interesting information includes that breast augmentation was the top surgical procedure in the United States in 2011, second to lipoplasty which is the top plastic surgery procedure worldwide.  Interestingly, rhinoplasty or nose jobs do not rank in the top 3 in the United States.  China, Japan and Brazil perform more rhinoplasties than are performed in the United States of America.  The most plastic surgeons in the world can be found in the United States of America with 5,950 closely followed by Brazil with 5,024 and 2000 in China.  Lesser numbers can be found in the United Kingdom with just under 440 and in Canada at 425.