Monthly Archives: August 2010

ISAPS Conducts International Survey of Plastic Surgeons – Reveals Worldwide Cosmetic Trends

For the first time ever, data has been collected on worldwide number of cosmetic procedures performed by plastic surgeons.  Thanks to the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, we can better understand the growth of this medical specialty through an international survey.

The most popular cosmetic surgery, according to the data, is liposuction, followed by breast augmentation, eyelid surgery, rhinoplasty and tummy tuck.  Although procedures varied among different countries, the U.S., Brazil, China, Mexico, India and Japan represented the bulk of the top five surgical procedures.  The total estimated number of cosmetic procedures performed by board-certified (or equivalent) plastic surgeons was 17,295,557.

Interestingly, plastic surgeons reported more non-surgical procedures than surgical procedures, with the most common treatment being botulinum toxin injections (Botox or Dysport).

The survey data was released in time for the 20th Biennial Congress of ISAPS, which is taking place right now in San Francisco.  Read more on or