Aesthetic Society Survey Reveals Significant Increases in Aesthetic Procedures

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The annual survey showed significant increases across all major groups of medical aesthetic and aesthetic surgery procedures.

The Aesthetic Society has released its annual Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Statistics revealing that aesthetic procedures surged in 2021.

The data showcases a significant increase for face, breast and body procedures. According to the data, Americans spent over $14.6 billion dollars on aesthetic procedures in 2021, with surgical revenues increasing by 63%. 

"Our new, more accurate digitally extracted data demonstrates that all major procedure groups had significant increases in the last year," says William P. Adams, Jr., MD, president of The Aesthetic Society. "Many factors have facilitated this growth including very high patient satisfaction, the pandemic and patients wanting to do something for themselves— and even some effects from increased video conferencing." 

Key Findings of 2021 Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Statistics:

  • Surgical procedures increased 54% and nonsurgical procedures were up 44%
  • The average plastic surgeon performed 320 surgical procedures in 2021, compared with 220 in 2020
  • On average, the cost of a surgical procedure increased 6% in 2021
  • Women accounted for approximately 94% of all procedures
  • There were 365,000 breast augmentations performed in 2021 (+44%)
  • 148,000 women had implants removed and replaced (+32% from 2020), and 71,000 had their implants removed and not replaced (+47%)

Top Surgical Procedures (By Procedure Count)

  • Liposuction: 491,098
  • Breast Augmentation: 364,753
  • Abdominoplasty: 242,939
  • Mastopexy: 167,395
  • Blepharoplasty: 149,668
  • Breast Implant Removal/Replacement:147,684

Top Nonsurgical Procedures (By Procedure Count)

  • Neurotoxins: 3,651,223
  • Dermal Fillers: 1,857,339
  • Skin Treatment (Chemical Peels, Hydrofacials, etc):1,390,149
  • Hair Removal: 454,954
  • Skin Treatment (Combination Lasers): 431,485
  • Skin Tightening: 391,855
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