10.2 mln cosmetic plastic surgeries in the US in 2005

More than 10.2 mln cosmetic plastic surgery procedures were performed in the United States in 2005, up only 11% from 2004, according to American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

More than 10.2 mln cosmetic plastic surgery procedures were performed in the United States in 2005, up only 11% from 2004, according to American Society of Plastic Surgeons. More than 5.4 mln reconstructive plastic surgery procedures were performed in 2005. Surgical cosmetic procedures increased 4%, with more than 1.8 mln procedures performed in 2005. The top five surgical procedures were liposuction (324,000), nose reshaping (298,000), breast augmentation (291,000), eyelid surgery (231,000), and tummy tuck (135,000). This is the first time in six years facelifts did not make the top five surgical procedures. Minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures jumped 13% to nearly 8.5 mln procedures performed in 2005. The top five minimally-invasive procedures were Botox (3.8 mln), chemical peel (1 mln), microdermabrasion (838,000), laser hair removal (783,000), and sclerotherapy (590,000). This is the fourth consecutive year that these minimally-invasive procedures have been ranked in the top five. Reconstructive plastic surgery, which improves function and appearance to abnormal areas of the body, remained relatively stable in 2005. The top five reconstructive procedures were tumor removal (3.9 mln), laceration repair (344,000), scar revision (181,000), hand surgery (172,000) and breast reduction (114,000).