ASAPS releases 2013 statistics
The numbers are in: According to the 2013 Cosmetic Surgery National Data Bank Statistics released by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Americans spent more money on cosmetic surgery in 2013 than they did in almost five years.
Each year, ASAPS asks surgeons about patient procedures, determining the many factors involved with operations. Compiling a list of the type of procedures, the gender and age of recipients, and the number performed, ASAPS paints an accurate portrait of the state of plastic surgery. This year's report showed that while some surgeries remained popular among patients, new trends have greatly affected the types of procedures requested.
More people sought plastic surgery in 2013
ASAPS reported that Americans had nearly 11.5 million surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic procedures in 2013, an increase of more than 1.3 million from 2012. Men sought more operations this past year, but women still account for nearly 90 percent of all procedures. Popular procedures included eyelid surgery, tummy tucks and rhinoplasties, all of which saw an increase in the number of patients. Breast augmentation remained as the No. 2 most common surgery, but reported a slight reduction in the number of procedures for the year. Liposuction firmly clenched the top spot, with more than 360,000 procedures and a 16 percent increase from 2013.
Dr. Jack Fisher, the president of ASAPS, said that he was not shocked by the higher number of reported surgeries.
"The numbers do not come as a surprise," Fisher said, according to an ASAPS press release. "Technological advances, less-invasive procedures, greater accessibility are making aesthetic procedures, surgical and nonsurgical, far more attractive to the public at-large. Further, the rebounding economy is encouraging people to start investing in themselves once again."
Buttock augmentation, labiaplasty procedures saw dramatic increase
While traditional procedures remained the most requested among patients, two operations saw significant increases in 2013: buttock augmentations and labiaplasties. According to the report, surgeons reported a 58 percent rise in buttock augmentations and 44 percent rise in labiaplasties. Over the past year, a number of news agencies have reported about these rising trends. Dr. Michael Edwards, former president-elect of the ASAPS, explained in an earlier press release that the increase in both procedures may be linked to the ways women perceive their own bodies.
"More women are pursuing these procedures as a means to achieve a standard of beauty they deem appropriate for themselves, however I believe more women are also pursuing procedures like labiaplasty to correct labia-related issues that are interfering with their ability to perform sexually, to perform daily tasks such as exercise, or are merely causing discomfort," Edwards said, as quoted by the release.