A cut above the rest: 2012 cosmetic surgery statistics [INFOGRAPHIC]

A cut above the rest: 2012 cosmetic surgery statistics [INFOGRAPHIC]

Where did Americans spend their hard earned dollars in 2012 when it came to plastic surgery? According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), breast augmentation took over the top spot from liposuction in the national totals for cosmetic surgery. Liposuction dropped from 325,332 procedures in 2011 to 313,011 in 2012 and breast augmentation went up from 316,848 surgeries to 330,631.

The emphasis on the “face” aspect of Facebook and other social media networks has increased the popularity of facial rejuvenation procedures. Even with the ever-growing noninvasive injectable, laser resurfacing and skin tightening market, facelift surgery still increased 2.5 percent from 2011. Top injectable performer, botulinum toxin (Botox, Dysport, Xeomin) skyrocketed 24 percent in 2012.

Other large gains were seen in male and female-specific surgery. Male breast reduction or gynecomastia grew from 17,645 procedures in 2011 to 22,736 in 2012 (29 percent). Also trending is vaginal rejuvenation, which increased from 2,142 procedures in 2011 to 3,521 (64 percent).