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The United States is the plastic surgery capital of the world based on total numbers of plastic surgery procedures being performed according to the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ISAPS). We account for 17% of the world’s cosmetic surgery procedures and almost 25% of the non-invasive procedures. This is based on a survey of plastic surgeons throughout the world. As would be expected by necessity, much of the data is extrapolated. Furthermore, because non-plastic surgeons were not included in the data, the true number of cases being performed here would be far higher.

Rounding out the top five countries in total number of plastic surgery procedures are Brazil, China, Japan and Mexico. When this data is assessed on a per capita basis (including both surgical and non-invasive cosmetic procedures), the United States ranks only in fourth place, behind South Korea, Greece and Italy.

When evaluated for the total number of plastic surgeons, the United States also ranks number one in the world, accounting for almost 20% of the world’s total. The rest of the top five are Brazil, China, Japan and Mexico – which also parallels the total numbers of procedures being performed in these countries.

What is the top plastic surgery procedure being performed in the world today?

Liposuction, possibly related to an increasingly overweight world population. Breast augmentation was a close second. However, in the United States, breast augmentation was the most popular plastic surgery procedure performed, significantly ahead of liposuction which was number two.

This should be of absolutely no surprise to anyone given our cultural tastes for large breasts and voluptuous cleavage. In fact, we accounted for one fourth of the total number of breast augmentations in the world.

Here’s an interesting question: If the number of breast augmentations done in the Scottsdale and Phoenix area were compared to the totals of all the countries of the world, do you think it would rank in the top ten?

Just wondering!

The third most common plastic surgery procedure done by plastic surgeons in the United States are tummy tucks, followed by eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) and breast lift (mastopexy). The top two non-surgical procedures are Botox® injections and dermal fillers with hyaluronic acid (Juvederm®, Restylane® and Perlane®).

Yes, America leads the world both in natural and plastic surgery facilitated BEAUTY!


If you would like information on any plastic surgery procedure that I perform or to schedule a consultation with me, please call my office at 480-451-3000.

Steven H. Turkeltaub, M.D. P.C.
Scottsdale and Phoenix, Arizona

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