Decade Trend Shows Boost In Breast Size

Breast AugmentationAn interesting article from the New York Times dated March 30, 2011 discusses A Decade of Boosting Breast Size. According to this article, there has been a 40% increase in the past decade of breast implants with still over 300,000 breast augmentation operations performed in 2010. I find this article fascinating because there has been a downtrend in facial plastic surgery; however, breast augmentation and breast lift surgery has either remained stabilized or is increasing annually.

As a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in Beverly Hills, I operate on patients that I see worldwide for breast enhancement, breast lift and breast revision surgery every single week. Interesting statistics in the American Society of Plastic Surgeons indicate that breast enlargements with implants and lifts is still a significant priority for women who are undergoing cosmetic surgery while rhinoplasty, facelifts and eyelid surgery have declined significantly over the last 24 months.

"...there has been a 40% increase in the past decade of breast implants with still over 300,000 breast augmentation operations performed in 2010"

Statistics include 296,000 breast implants placed in 2010. That is a 2% increase over 2009 and an overall 39% jump since 2000. The majority of the operations are performed on the western hemisphere of the United States. Breast lifts have also increased 9% since 2009 with over 90,000 lifts performed in 2010. There were 13.1 million cosmetic procedures performed in 2010, which has increased 5% since 2009.

Operations that have declined over the last decade include:

  • liposuction down 43%
  • rhinoplasty down 35%
  • eyelid surgery down 36%
  • facelifts down 16%
The facial surgeries have been replaced with significant non-invasive treatments with Botox up 584%, wrinkle fillers up 172% and laser hair removal up 27% since the year 2000. Ninety-one percent of all cosmetic surgical procedures are still performed on women and the average age is between 40 and 54 years of age, with a 6% increase since 2009.

Of most interest to me with respect to this New York Times article is that breast augmentation now has stabilized as the most popular invasive cosmetic surgery procedure performed on women in the United States of America. My practice continues to see great number of women for breast enhancement, breast revision and breast lifting which corresponds correctly with the statistics seen by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the recent New York Times article.

Breast implant surgeon Dr. Linder may reached by calling his practice at (310) 275-4513. Further breast implant information may be requested by filling out a contact form or sending us an e-mail.

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Beverly Hills OfficeStuart A. Linder, M.D., F.A.C.S., Inc.

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