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Almost 9.2 million cosmetic procedures were performed in the United States in 2011, and Americans spent nearly $10 billion on cosmetic procedures last year.

These are some of the key findings in the new statistics from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS).

One of the reasons that the numbers are creeping up is that people need to stay in the work force longer, which means that they must compete with their younger counterparts for the same jobs, he says.

Liposuction topped the list of most popular plastic surgeries in 2011, and injections of botulinum toxin type A (including Botox and Dysport) ranked as the top nonsurgical procedures, the new statistics show.

Top Surgical Procedures

According to the new statistics, the top five surgical procedures in 2011 were:

  • Liposuction
  • Breast augmentation
  • Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck)
  • Eyelid surgery
  • Breast lift

Top Nonsurgical Procedures

In 2011, the top five minimally invasive procedures were:

  • Botulinum toxin type A (Botox, Dysport)
  • Hyaluronic acid-based filler (for treatment of wrinkles)
  • Laser hair removal
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Intense pulsed light (IPL) treatments (for treatment of skin redness and uneven skin tone)

Women had almost 8.4 million cosmetic procedures in 2011, and men had almost 800,000. The number of cosmetic procedures for men increased over 121% from 1997, which was the year that ASAPS first started tracking these statistics.

The new statistics were based on questionnaires sent to dermatologists, otolaryngologists, and plastic surgeons. More than 1,100 doctors returned the questionnaires. The final sample included responses from 420 plastic surgeons, 384 dermatologists, and 211 otolaryngologists

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