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The Most Popular Plastic Surgeries in America

10. Ear Surgery
> No. of procedures: 26,433
> Total expenditure: $83.2 million
> Average surgeon’s fee: $3,148

> Change in prevalence since 2000: -27%

Ear surgery is performed to reshape ears that are too small, too large, too far out from the head or deformed in some other way. As with plastic surgery overall, there has been a large decline in the number of ear surgery procedures since 2000, decreasing 27% over the 12-year period. While ear surgery was not in the top 10 in 2000, its rise to the tenth spot is rather the result of the decline in popularity of two other procedures, hair transplantation and breast implant removal, than an increase in its own popularity.

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9. Forehead Lift
> No. of procedures: 46,931
> Total expenditure:$155.3 million
> Average surgeon’s fee: $3,309
> Change in prevalence since 2000: -61%

Forehead lifts are generally performed to remove wrinkles due to the loss of collagen in aging skin. With the rise of nonsurgical procedures, most specifically Botox and hyaluronic acid injections, there has been a dramatic 61% decrease in the number of procedures performed since 2000. Botox injections, a treatment derived from a bacterial neurotoxin, are now performed more than 5 million times per year, an increase of more than 600% since 2000. Procedures like the forehead lift are likely to continue to decline as minimally invasive techniques continue to improve.

8. Dermabrasion
> No. of procedures: 73,433
> Total expenditure:$89.4 million
> Average surgeon’s fee: $1,218
> Change in prevalence since 2000: +74%

Dermabrasion is a surgical procedure that removes layers of skin — usually on the face — to repair damage. Over the past 12 years, this technique has actually increased in usage by 74%. While minimally invasive procedures, specifically chemical peels and laser skin resurfacing, are performed much more frequently, evidence has shown dermabrasion to be more appropriate for treating acne and traumatic facial scars, as well as localized cosmetic facial resurfacing.

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7. Breast Lift
> No. of procedures: 90,679
> Total expenditure: $388.7 million
> Average surgeon’s fee: $4,286
> Change in prevalence since 2000: +72%

Breast lifts are performed to raise and firm the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the tissue around the breast, which usually occurs due to breast feeding or heavy weight loss. There has been a 72% increase in the number of breast lifts since 2000, most likely due to the increased frequency of bariatric, or obesity, surgery. Bariatric surgery causes massive weight loss and frequently requires several plastic surgeries afterwards, including breast lifts and the removal of excess skin in other areas, including tummy tucks, upper arm lifts and lower body lifts. After experiencing a small decline during the first two years of the economic recession, breast lift procedures have continued to increase in popularity.

6. Tummy Tuck
> No. of procedures: 115,902
> Total expenditure: $611.8 million
> Average surgeon’s fee: $5,279
> Change in prevalence since 2000: +85%

A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, removes excess skin and fat from a patient’s abdomen when it remains loose after significant weight loss, pregnancy, aging or previous surgery. Since 2000, there has been an 85% increase in the prevalence of this procedure. As with breast lifts, this is likely due to the increase in bariatric surgery and other successful, significant weight loss techniques over the same time. After an incredibly rapid rise over the first part of the decade, the number of tummy tuck procedures declined roughly 20% in the first year of the recession and has remained stable since then.

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