The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) released data showing a 12% overall increase in cosmetic procedures performed in 2013. More than 11 million cosmetic surgical and nonsurgical procedures were performed totaling more than 12 billion dollars for the first time since the Recession began in 2008. Of that total, more than 5 billion was spent on nonsurgical cosmetic procedures.
“The numbers do not come as a surprise,” states Jack Fisher, MD, president of ASAPS. “Technological advances, less-invasive procedures, greater accessibility are making aesthetic procedures, surgical and nonsurgical, far more attractive to the public at-large. Further, the rebounding economy is encouraging people to start investing in themselves once again.”
Men had more than 1 million cosmetic procedures, 9.4% of the total. The number of cosmetic procedures for men increased over 273% from 1997.
Last year saw a record number of consumers conducting online research for cosmetic procedures.
Botulinum toxin remained the most frequently performed noninvasive procedure with a 15.6% increase. Nonsurgical procedures increased in 2013 by 13.1% with 9.5 million procedures.
The top five nonsurgical procedures were:
- Botulinum toxin (up 15.6%);
- Hyaluronic acid (up 31.5%);
- Hair removal (up 2%);
- Microdermabrasion (down 3.8%); and
- Photo rejuvenation (up 35.3%).
In 2013, more than 2.5 billion dollars was spent on medical injectables alone. In addition, nearly 1.9 billion was spent on skin rejuvenation, a fast-growing sector of the esthetic nonsurgical industry.
A significant increase in the number of cosmetic non-surgical and surgical procedures suggests that people are once again investing in their appearance and perhaps have more disposable income to do so. Given the state of the economy and the competitiveness of the job market, we expect to see the numbers for anti-aging procedures continue to increase.