Web Log – March 2015 – Latest Procedure Statistics, Lifestyle Lift Bankruptcy, Komen for the Cure

asaps statistics

The top five surgical procedures for both men and women combined in 2014 were:

  • Liposuction (342,494 procedures)
  • Breast Augmentation (286,694 procedures)
  • Eyelid Surgery (165,714 procedures)
  • Tummy Tuck (164,021 procedures)
  • Nose Surgery (145,909 procedures)

The top five nonsurgical procedures for both men and women combined in 2014 were:

  • Botulinum Toxin (3,588,218 procedures)
  • Hyaluronic Acid (1,696,621 procedures)
  • Hair Removal (828,480 procedures)
  • Chemical Peel (484,053 procedures)
  • Microdermabrasion (417,034 procedures)

Some of the more popular procedures, including a few in the top five lists above, did see decreases in 2014 including breast augmentation (down 8.5%), ear surgery (down 12.3%), injectables, (down 6.5%) and Photorejuvenation, (down 18.9%). “Despite the decreases in specific procedural areas however, one thing is abundantly clear: The number of men flocking to plastic surgeons for both surgical and nonsurgical procedures continues to increase dramatically and are up 43% this year alone,” states Michael Edwards, MD, President of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

Over the past 5 years, (since 2010), there have been significant increases in the following procedures for men:

Blepharoplasty (up 34%)
Male Breast Reduction (up 33%)
Facelift (up 44%)

Botulinum Toxin (up 84%)
Hyaluronic Acid (up 94%)
Nonsurgical skin tightening (up 37%)
Intense Pulsed Light (up 44%)

Since ASAPS began collecting statistical data in 1997, there has been a 273% increase in the number of procedures performed on men. “This is not a trend we expect to see wane anytime soon. Facing a challenging and sometimes ageist job market, men, like women, are starting to consider their options to maintain a youthful appearance that exudes exuberance and energy and the full spectrum of care offered by board-certified plastic surgeons that caters to their individual needs,” explains James Grotting, MD, President-Elect of ASAPS.



On Wednesday, March 11th, Lifestyle Lift filed for bankruptcy protection in Houston. This move was anticipated when media outlets reported last week that Lifestyle Lift had abruptly closed 40 of its 50 offices. Initial filings reveal this to be a Chapter 7/No Assets bankruptcy, suggesting that Lifestyle Lift does not intend to restructure its debt and continue operations, thereby ending the company’s controversial 14-year career.

The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and its members remain committed to providing the highest quality medical care.  Patients are encouraged to look beyond advertising and learn why the education, training and experience of the medical provider is so important.

komen news

For three consecutive nights beginning March 30, PBS will air the groundbreaking film “The Emperor of All Maladies,” produced by Ken Burns. Based on the book by the same name, the film examines the past, present, and future of cancer diagnosis and treatment.

This film gives viewers an in-depth look at the remarkable progress that’s been made in the last few decades in the centuries-long effort to overcome cancer in all its forms. While the film’s content does not focus exclusively on breast cancer, its airing still provides us with a unique opportunity for Komen to tell the story of how we are moving toward a world free of breast cancer.

And… Don’t forget about the upcoming Race for the Cure in May.  See last month’s blog for a link to join our team.



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