Stats: The Demographics Of Cosmetic Procedures

Written by WD Staff, Skin Care Specialists on November 9, 2016 One Comment

2016 cosmetic surgery statistics

Each year the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) conducts a comprehensive survey of member surgeons to get a glimpse into the state of the cosmetic industry. The 2015 annual survey reveals some interesting statistics on who is doing what:

Top 5 Cosmetic Surgery Procedures

Breast augmentation and liposuction continue to be the most popular plastic surgery procedures in the United States. However, tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty) experienced the most significant increase from 2014, moving into the 5th most popular surgical procedure.

Total Treatments Change from 2014
Breast Augmentation 279,143 -2%
Liposuction 222,051 5%
Rhinoplasty 217,979
Eyelid Surgery 203,943 -1%
Tummy Tuck 127,967 9%


 Top 5 Cosmetic Non-Surgical Procedures

Botox (and other neurotoxins like Dysport and Xeomin) continue their dominance in the non-surgical category, with dermal fillers and chemical peels experiencing high increases from 2014.

Total Treatments Change from 2014
Neurotoxins 6.7 million 1%
Dermal Fillers 2.4 million 6%
Chemical Peel 1.3 million 5%
Laser Hair Removal 1.1 million No Change
Microdermabrasion 800,340 -9%


Cosmetic Procedures by Age

In 2015, the 40-54 age segment accounted for 35% of all cosmetic procedures performed in the United States, growing 3% from 2014.

Surgical Non-Surgical Total
Under 19 64,470 161,700 226,170
Age 20 – 29 249,243 566,629 815,872
Age 30 – 39 365,138 2,349,301 2,714,439
Age 40 – 54 543,274 6,849,926 7,393,200
Age 55+ 373,418 3,610,025 3,983,443


Cosmetic Procedures by Gender

While female is still the dominant gender when it comes to cosmetic procedures (accounting for 87% of all procedures in 2015), males experienced the larger year-over-year growth (over 2%).

Surgical Non-Surgical Total
Female 1,387,674 12,487,076 13,874,750
Male 207,869 1,068,556 1,276,425


Cosmetic Procedures by Ethnicity

In 2015, patients of Caucasian decent accounted for 69% of all cosmetic procedures (surgical and non-surgical combined) performed. However, Hispanic and African-American segments experienced the largest growth from 2014 (3% respectively).

Total Treatments %
Caucasian 10,969,059 69%
Hispanic 1,688,714 11%
African-America 1,362,282 9%
Asian-American 1,093,720 7%
Other 794,555 5%


Where Cosmetic Surgeries Are Performed

A large majority of cosmetic surgeries are performed in a physician’s office, followed by those performed in an off-site surgery center.

Total Treatments %
Office 11,377,230 72%
Hospital 1,469,826 9%
Free-Standing Surgical Facility 3,061,274 19%



WD Staff

A united group of skin care specialists from Westlake Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery, Austin's leader in Dermatology and Plastic Surgery. Articles posted under WD staff are authored through combined contributions from our entire team, including Plastic Surgeons, Dermatologists, Aestheticians, Physician Assistants, Aesthetic Nurses, and Patient Coordinators.

One Response to “Stats: The Demographics Of Cosmetic Procedures”

  1. Avatar KELSEY says:

    This is pretty interested, Its cool to see the stats broken down by demographics. Good post guys

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