Demand for Medical Cosmetic Procedures Increasing Worldwide

ISAPS Annual Statistics

The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery has released the results of its annual Global Aesthetic Survey for 2016. The United States ranks No. 1 for total number of cosmetic procedures performed followed by Brazil, Japan, Italy and Mexico. The top five countries account for 41.4% of cosmetic procedures performed worldwide.

Demand for surgical procedures increased 8% from 2015 to 2016 and demand for non-surgical cosmetic enhancement increased 10%. The top five non-surgical treatments in 2016 were:

  • Botulinum toxin injections with 4,931,577 performed worldwide; 1,118,370 of which were in the U.S.
  • Hyaluronic acid filler injections with 3,372,445 performed worldwide; 650,232 of which were in the U.S.
  • Laser hair reduction with 1,146,523 procedures performed worldwide; 166,254 of which were in the U.S.
  • IPL Photorejuvenation with 623,243 procedures performed worldwide; 154,770 of which were in the U.S.
  • Chemical peels with 585,614 performed worldwide; 105,138 of which were in the U.S.

The most popular surgical procedures included: breast augmentation, which accounted for 15.8% of all surgical procedures, followed by liposuction (7.4%), eyelid surgery (12.9%), rhinoplasty (7.6%) and abdominoplasty (7.4%).

The ISAPS sent questionnaires to 35,000 plastic surgeons to gather data for its global survey. Full results of the survey can be viewed at