Breast Reconstruction Statistics

There seem to be many sources of statistics on breast reconstruction, but none of them appear to be comprehensive. No doubt this is due to the fact that reconstruction is done by private cosmetic surgeons who may be registered with several different umbrella groups.

I found numbers reported by The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) that did not discern the difference between breast reconstruction and breast augmentation surgery.

ASAPS report that the number of surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic procedures in the United States increased by 20 percent in 2003 to a total of nearly 8.3 million. The number of surgical procedures increased 12 percent from 2002.

The five most popular surgical cosmetic procedures in 2003 were: liposuction (384,626); breast augmentation (280,401); eyelid surgery (267,627); rhinoplasty (172,420); and female breast reduction (147,173). Breast reduction may be covered by insurance depending on terms of the policy and individual patient factors.

Women had 87 percent of cosmetic procedures. The number of procedures performed on women was nearly 7.2 million; an increase of 16 percent from 2002. The top five surgical cosmetic procedures for women in 2003 were: liposuction (322,975 and 84 percent of liposuction total); breast augmentation (280,401); eyelid surgery (216,829 and 81 percent of total); breast reduction (147,173); and rhinoplasty (119,047 and 69 percent of total). The number of surgical procedures for women increased 11 percent overall from 2002.

The 19-34 age group had nearly 2 million cosmetic procedures and 24 percent of all procedures. The most popular surgical procedure in this age group was breast augmentation (150,208 and 54 percent of the breast augmentation total).

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Breast Reconstruction Statistics