Women reign supreme when it comes to cosmetic plastic surgery. More than 6.5 million women had cosmetic plastic surgery procedures in 2001, comprising 87 percent of the total cosmetic plastic surgery population, announced the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) today in release of its expanded 2001 statistics.

ASPS 2001 expanded statistics represent patients having procedures performed by member plastic surgeons certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) as well as other physicians certified by American Board of Medical Specialties-recognized boards.

"Throughout the ages women have taken great interest and care with maintaining and enhancing their appearance," said ASPS President Edward Luce, MD, Cleveland. "Women are comfortable with the idea of enhancing their appearance whether in the form of a diet, exercise or a day at the spa. Plastic surgery is another option for today's women to achieve the look they want."

The five most popular surgical procedures for women were nose reshaping, liposuction, breast augmentation, eyelid surgery and facelift. The five most popular non-surgical procedures for women were chemical peel, microdermabrasion, Botox® injection, collagen injection and sclerotherapy.

Nose reshaping, which changes the shape or size of the nose, was the most popular surgical procedure performed on women in 2001, with 234,959 women opting for the procedure. Liposuction, which removes fat from the body while improving body contour, was second with 226,800 women. Breast augmenation, which enhances breast size, was third with 219,883 women. Eyelid surgery, which corrects drooping and puffiness, was fourth with 193,487 women. Facelift, which tightens skin on the face, chin and neck, was fifth with 112,609 women having the procedure in 2001.

"The tremendous interest in non-surgical procedures shows that women are looking to rid themselves of early signs of aging and delay the more invasive procedures," said Dr. Luce. "From less invasive procedures such as Botox® injections to more complex procedures such as facelifts, with the continuum of care provided by board-certified plastic surgeons, there is something for everyone."

More than 1.1 million chemical peels were performed on women in 2001, making it the most popular non-surgical procedure. Chemical peel removes damaged outer layers of skin from the face, allowing new, healthier skin to emerge. Microdermabrasion, which blasts fine aluminum oxide particles to exfoliate the skin and smooth fine lines and wrinkles, was second with 918,523 women. Botox® injection, which smoothes and eliminates forehead lines, was third with 749,790 women. Collagen injection, which fills deep facial wrinkles, scars, creases and furrows, was fourth with 748,126 women. Sclerotherapy, which removes spider veins, was fifth with 598,373 women having the procedure in 2001.

According to ASPS expanded statistics, 965,840 men had cosmetic plastic surgery in 2001. The top five surgical procedures for men were nose reshaping, liposuction, eyelid surgery, hair transplantation, and breast reduction in men (gynecomastia). The top five non-surgical procedures for men were chemical peel, laser hair removal, microdermabrasion, Botox® injection, and collagen injection.

Since ASPS began tracking cosmetic plastic surgery statistics representing ABPS-certified plastic surgeons in 1992, the majority of cosmetic surgery patients have been women. The number of men choosing to have cosmetic plastic surgery by board-certified plastic surgeons has remained between 9 and 14 percent since 1992.

In addition to its 2001 expanded statistics, ASPS is the only source for a decade of cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery statistics representing ABPS-certified plastic surgeons. In depth statistics are available through the National Clearinghouse of Plastic Surgery Statistics in the Media Center of the ASPS Web site, www.plasticsurgery.org.

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