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Plastic Surgery is on The Rise in US

black woman, plastic surgeryThe American Society of Plastic Surgery says that the number of cosmetic procedures performed in the United States has continued to increase for the fourth straight year in a row.

In 2013, a staggering 10,000 buttock augmentation procedures were performed in the U. S., up 16 percent from the year before.

Breast implant removals have also increased 10 percent to roughly 24,000 procedures, while breast augmentation only increased by 1 percent, but is still the most common type of plastic surgery performed. Rhinoplasty (Nose reshaping) and blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) come in second and third place respectively.

As for minimally invasive procedures, Botulinum toxin type A or Botox is still the most commonly sought-after procedure, with 6.3 million injections administered in 2013 — a 3 percent increase from 2012. Soft tissue filler injections, like collagen, were provided in over 2 million procedures, a 13 percent increase over the last year; and chemical peels came in third, with 1 million procedures in 2013.

Consumer are also taking note of better technology and newer products, applications of hyaluronic acid (aka Juvederm) saw an 18 percent growth, and only 72 percent of breast implants were made of silicone, the were rest were made of saline.

“The demand for plastic surgery remains strong, with our statistics showing increases in both cosmetic surgical and minimally invasive procedures,” said society president Dr. Robert Murphy to WebMD. “With new devices and products hitting the market each year, there are more options and choices available to consumers wanting to refresh their look or [undergo] a little nip and tuck.”

In total, 15 million cosmetic surgeries and minimally invasive procedures were performed in 2013, an increase of 3 percent from the year before.

S.C. Rhyne is a blogger and novelist in New York City. Follow the author on twitter @ReporterandGirl or on and visit her website at

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