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Top 25 Plastic Surgery Countries

The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS), in accordance to several of the organization’s missions, annually releases the ISAPS Biennial Global Survey of plastic surgeons in the top twenty-five countries and regions. This list represents 75% of all the procedures conducted in the region in the past year.

This survey has become one of the bastions of reliable international plastic surgery data, since it helps organizations and governing bodies obtain and analyze market and industry information that has been gathered by independent statistical specialists.

The ISAPS Global Survey revealed the countries with the most surgical and non surgical cosmetic procedures in 2009. The United States tops the list. The list also revealed other countries as emerging major centers for plastic surgery. The complete list of the top twenty-five countries and regions are:

  1. United States
  2. China
  3. Brazil
  4. India
  5. Mexico
  6. Japan
  7. South Korea
  8. Germany
  9. Turkey
  10. Spain
  11. Argentina
  12. Russia
  13. Italy
  14. France
  15. Canada
  16. Taiwan
  17. United Kingdom
  18. Colombia
  19. Greece
  20. Thailand
  21. Australia
  22. Venezuela
  23. Saudi Arabia
  24. Netherlands
  25. Portugal

The United States accounted for 17.5%, or 3,031,146 surgical and non surgical procedures. Brazil had 2,475,237, or 14.3%, while China had 2,193,935, or 12.7%. The same three countries also have the most number of plastic surgeons; there are 5,700 plastic surgeons in the U.S., 4,250 in China, and 3,824 in Brazil.

The survey also established the numbers for surgical and non surgical procedures. Non surgical procedures surpass surgical procedures, according to the data. Although this figure cannot be compared due to the lack of baseline information, it could prove useful in the coming years.

Botulinum, or the Botox injection, is the top non surgical procedure accounting for 32.7% of the total non surgical treatments. Hyaluronic acid injection, commonly for face lift treatments, is at number two with 20.1%. Laser hair removal comes at third with 13.1%. Among the top plastic surgery countries, the US has the most number of Botox injection treatments and laser hair removal. Brazil tops the other countries when it comes to hyaluronic acid injections.

Liposuction is the most commonly done surgical procedure. There was a total of 1,607,979 liposuction surgeries performed in 2009. Breast augmentation is at number two with 1,454,317 total and blepharoplasty, or surgery of the eyelids, is at third with 1,153,756. China is the top country for both breast augmentation and blepharoplasty, while the United States tops the list for liposuction.

The ISAPS Survey was compiled, tabulated, and analyzed by Industry Insights, Inc., a private research firm based in Ohio. Survey participants completed a two-page questionnaire that focused on the number of surgical and non surgical procedures they performed in 2009. The study invited approximately 20,000 plastic surgeons whose contact information are kept in file by the ISAPS. The complete results can be found on the ISAPS website:

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