2011 Plastic Surgery Statistics Released: Comparing ASAPS and ASPS Results
If you’re dying to know what’s trending in aesthetics, forget about beauty blogs and Fashion Week—just check out the annual statistical data on cosmetic surgery. Every spring, two major American surgical associations release their in-depth analyses of the past year in plastic surgery, including survey results, demographic changes, and cost information. Thankfully for us, The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) both filter their complicated data into easy-to-read pie charts, bullet points, and graphs. While ASAPS and ASPS are mutually prestigious and regularly cited for statistical data, Plastic Surgery Portal found that the two groups come up with decidedly different calculations on the world of nip and tuck.
What They Want You to Know
In order to provide you with the basic gist of their data findings, ASAPS and ASPS provide a “Quick Facts” section. This section is an easy way to find the most general information, like how many total procedures were performed in 2011. ASPS Quick Facts hones in on the overall rates and percentages of plastic surgery procedures for the year, without much detail on patient race, age, gender, or region. The data speaks to both plastic and reconstructive surgery, like burn grafting, surgery after breast cancer, and even birth defects like cleft palate reconstruction. It’s safe to say that ASPS’s Quick Facts aim to get straight to the point, both with numbers and rationale. ASPS would be a good source for people looking to learn more about plastic surgery rates in general, rather than further insight on the kinds of people choosing plastic surgery.
ASAPS’s Quick Facts cover similar basics as ASPS, except that they don’t mention or appear to use any reconstructive surgery data. This key difference seems to be the major dividing line between ASAPS and ASPS: ASPS is concerned with reconstructive procedures while ASAPS is not. After all, ASAP uses the term “aesthetic” in their title. ASAPS takes its Quick Facts a step further by displaying demographic patient information such as gender, race and age. They also seem to be interested in how people get their plastic surgery—how much are they spending and at what facilities are they getting procedures?
The Numbers Don’t Add Up
Nevermind that ASAPS and ASPS choose to present their data differently—they also have pretty different calculations. ASPS concluded that in 2011, people spent $13.8 million on plastic surgery. ASAPS wound up with $9.19 million. They also have different statistics on the top five procedures, with ASPS putting breast surgery as the number one procedure and ASAPS giving liposuction the top spot.
ASPS Top 5 Cosmetic Surgery Procedures of 2011
- Breast Augmentation
- Rhinoplasty (Nose Surgery)
- Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)
ASAPS Top 5 Cosmetic Surgery Procedures of 2011
- Breast Augmentation
- Abodminoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
- Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)
- Breast Lift
Both of these lists include only cosmetic surgery procedures (no minimally-invasive treatments like Botox and no reconstructive data). The reason for the different numerical data is unclear, but possible reasons may include:
- Differing survey demographics
- Surveying only association members
- Inclusion of reconstructive procedures
- False reporting by plastic surgeons
More about ASPS and ASAPS
It’s unlikely that either of these associations are wrong; it is likely that one of them is more inclusive of certain surgeries. Both the ASPS and ASAPS are reliable sources for information regarding plastic surgery. In order to be a member of either association, the plastic surgeon must be certified by American Board of Plastic Surgery® and/or The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada®. ASPS has a higher number of members, with 7,000 active plastic surgeons compared to ASAPS’s 2,600.
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