Cosmetic surgery has become increasingly popular over the years. Almost 9 million people underwent cosmetic surgical procedures in 2003, compared to slightly more than 400,000 in 1992.
About 45% of the cosmetic surgery procedures performed in 2003 were repeats. And 32% of the patients having cosmetic surgery had multiple procedures done at once.
Liposuction was the second most popular cosmetic procedure (nose reshaping is slightly more popular). In 2003, approximately 320,000 people had liposuction procedures. This comprises about 4% of all cosmetic procedures performed. In 1992, only 47,000 had liposuction, about 3% of all cosmetic procedures performed.
Only 10% of liposuction patients in 2003 were men. In 1992, 13% were men. About 68% of women and 58% of men questioned during a phone survey said that they approve of cosmetic surgery. But only 19% of the women and 7% of the men surveyed admitted that they have had or would have cosmetic surgery themselves.
(These statistics are taken from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons� website at www.plasticsurgery.org.)