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Breast and Face Procedures Soar High in 2012

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013


The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) recently released its annual multi-specialty procedural statistics. The figures revealed that there were approximately 10 million cosmetic procedures done by U.S. board-certified plastic surgeons in 2012. Breast augmentation and Botox topped the surgical and non-surgical categories, respectively. In the Highlands-Cashiers area, Dr. Robert Buchanan is a top-notch North Carolina plastic surgeon concerned with not only the results but patient care and recovery at the same time.

Top Surgical Cosmetic Procedures in 2012
With approximately 1.7 million procedures performed, cosmetic surgical procedures rose to 3 percent than that of last year. As lifted from the report, the top cosmetic procedures in 2012 include:

  1. Breast Augmentation: 330,631
  2. Liposuction: 313,011
  3. Abdominoplasty: 156,508
  4. Eyelid surgery: 153,171
  5. Rhinoplasty: 143,801

Leo R. McCafferty, MD, President of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery attributed the increase of breast augmentation demand  to the increasing popularity of silicone implants. Recently in February, the Natrelle 410 implant ( a type of silicone implant) by Allergan received FDA approval.

“According to the Society’s statistics in 2006, 383,886 breast augmentation procedures were performed and of those 81% were saline implants and 19% were silicone.  In 2012, 330,631 breast augmentation procedures were performed and of those only 28% were saline implants and 72% were silicone.”

Top Nonsurgical Cosmetic Procedures in 2012
On the other hand, minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures rose to 10 percent than the figures in 2011. Of the 8.5 million nonsurgical procedures performed, the top 5 procedures were:

  1. Botulinum Toxin Type A
  2. Hyaluronic Acid
  3. Laser Hair Removal
  4. Microdermabrasion
  5. Chemical Peel

“For the past 16 years, the interest in and demand for cosmetic plastic surgery has risen exponentially, a 250% increase in surgical and nonsurgical procedures, and our comprehensive statistics continue to show that,” Dr. McCafferty, MD added.

The Center for Plastic Surgery in Highlands, North Carolina
We invite you to explore your cosmetic options with us! We perfectly understand that cosmetic surgery is not just about improving the physical aspect but making you feel better about yourself, too.

Dr. Buchanan has hospital privileges at both Highlands-Cashiers Hospital and at Harris Regional Hospital in Sylva.  The procedures are performed either in his office or at Highlands-Cashiers Hospital.  We are located at 209 Hospital Drive, Suite 202, Highlands, NC.  Call us at 828-526-3783 or fill out this contact form to schedule an initial consultation. We look forward to your visit!