Facts about Plastic Surgery

Origins and History of Plastic Surgery

  • Plastic surgery has been practiced for over 2700 years, since about 600 B. C.
  •  Barber shops became popular places to perform plastic surgery from 1400 to 1700
  • The father of modern plastic surgery was an Italian-Gaspare Tagliacozzi (1546-1599)
  • The first breast augmentation surgery took place in Germany in 1893
  • The American Association of Plastic Surgery was formed in 1931 by surgeons who served in World War I
  • Plastic surgery including skin grafts, limb rebuilding and microsurgery, were widely practiced during World War II
  • In the 1960s, silicone breast implants became popular. However, side effects included breast amputation due to infection and “pendulous” breasts by the age of forty
  • In 1998, President Bill Clinton signed a bill requiring insurance companies to pay for reconstructive breast surgery for women who had a mastectomy

Plastic Surgery Types

  • Currently, the plastic surgery that’s performed the most is Botox. Botox is a protein injected into the skin that leaves a smooth facial appearance.
  • Liposuction is the most popular plastic surgery for men and women combined 
  • The most popular plastic surgical procedure for women is breast augmentation
  • There are more than 1.4 million laser hair procedures performed yearly in the United States
  • The top five surgical cosmetic procedures are liposuction, breast augmentation, eyelid surgery, rhinoplasty (nose jobs) and face lifts
  • The top five non-surgical cosmetic procedures are botox, laser hair removal, chemical peel, microdermabrasion and hyaluronic acid injections (for knee osteoarthritis) 

Men and Women and Plastic Surgery

  • Over 90% of plastic surgery patients are women
  • More than 10 million women have a plastic procedure each year
  • About 1 million men have plastic procedures each year
  • Almost half a million liposuction procedures are performed on women each year
  • Over 60,000 liposuction procedures are performed on men each year
  • Two thirds of plastic surgery patients are repeat patients 

Plastic Surgery and Age

  •  About three quarters of a million cosmetic procedures are performed on 20 to 20 year olds
  • Over 2 million cosmetic procedures are performed on 30 to 39 year olds
  • Over 5.3 million cosmetic procedures are performed on 40 to 54 year olds
  • More than 3 million cosmetic procedures are performed on people age 55 and older 

Plastic Surgery and Money

  • Over $10 billion is spent on all U.S. cosmetic surgery each year
  • Over $1.2 billion is spent annually on liposuction
  • More than $1.1 billion is spent annually on breast augmentation each year
  • A single botox injection averages about $390

Plastic Surgery Recovery Times

 (Note: Please verify data with a reputable Plastic Surgeon. We suggest Premier Plastic Surgery Kansas City.)

  • It takes one to two weeks to recover from liposuction
  • It takes one to two weeks to recover from breast augmentation surgery
  • It takes seven to ten days to recover from a rhinoplasty
  • It takes one to two weeks to recover from a facelift
  • It takes one to ten days to recover from cosmetic eyelid surgery