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The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) recently released the “ISAPS Biennial Global Survey™” of plastic surgeons and procedures in the top 25 countries and regions – representing 75% of all procedures performed in 2009. The survey is the first accurate piece of data to track international trends and statistics for aesthetic plastic surgery.

The ISAPS Global Survey revealed some surprising information on what countries are climbing the ladder in procedure numbers.  The United States holds firm to the number one spot, however, countries that are not always associated with plastic surgery are emerging as major centers:

  • 1-United States
  • 2-China
  • 3-Brazil
  • 4-India
  • 5-Mexico
  • 6-Japan
  • 7-South Korea
  • 8-Germany
  • 9-Turkey
  • 10-Spain

For the past decade breast augmentation was thought to be the most popular invasive procedure. On the contrary, liposuction represents 18.8% of all surgical procedures followed by breast augmentation (17%), blepharoplasty (13.5%), rhinoplasty (9.4%) and abdominoplasty (7.3%).

Not surprisingly, the number of non-surgical procedures—such as BOTOX® Cosmetic and microdermabrasion—topped non-invasive surgery. Neuromodulators, such as BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport®, took the lead with 32.7% of all treatments. They were followed by hyaluronic acid injections (20.1%), laser hair removal (13.1%), fat grafting (5.9%) and IPL treatments (4.4%).

The ISAPS Global Survey also established that there is an estimated 30,817 board certified (or national equivalent) plastic surgeons currently in practice. There was a total of 8,536,379 surgical procedures and 8,759,187 non-surgical procedures performed in 2009 by board certified plastic surgeons worldwide.

The ISAPS Biennial Global Survey was created and analyzed by Industry Insights, Inc., an independent research firm based in Columbus, OH.  Scott Hackworth, a CPA who has 15 years of experience in researching trends in Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, led the Survey. The Survey consisted of a two-page, English-based questionnaire that focused on the number of cosmetic procedures performed in 2009.