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ISAPS Study: Liposuction Most Performed Plastic Surgery Procedure


To commemorate it’s 40th anniversary, The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) commissioned a global survey of plastic surgeon and procedure in the top 25 countries and regions.

The ISAPS Biennial Global Survey which represents 75% of all procedures in 2009 revealed that the United States continues to perform more plastic surgery procedures than other countries.

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Whereas, breast augmentation has been the most popular plastic surgery procedure for the last ten years, liposuction has gained that spot. The study found that the top five procedures in the U.S are liposuction (18.8%), breast augmentation (17%), eyelid lifts (13.5%), rhinoplasty (9.4%), and abdominoplasty ( 7.3%).

The popularity of surgical procedures varied by country with Brazil, the United States, China, Mexico, India and Japan being the dominant countries for the top five procedures.

The study found the number of non-surgical procedures topped the surgical procedures. The top five non surgical procedures were found to be Botox injections (32.7%), hyaluronic acid injections (20.1%), laser hair removal (13.1%), autologous fat injections (taking a patient's fat from one location and transferring it in the same patient in another location) (5.9%) and IP Laser treatment (4.4%).

The countries where non surgical procedures were performed were dominated by the United States, Brazil, Mexico and China and to a lesser extent by Japan, Hungary, South Korea, India and Germany.