Cosmetic interventions, surgical and non-surgical, increased eight percent from 

2006 to 2007, and 457 percent in 10 years, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) said Monday.

Overall, last year there were 11.7 million cosmetic interventions -- 18 percent surgical, 82 percent non-surgical -- generating some 13 billion dollars, ASAPS said in a report.

Since 1997, when the group began gathering its data, cosmetic interventions grew by 457 percent. By category, surgical procedures increased 114 percent and non-surgical ones 754 percent.

The most frequent non-surgical cosmetic procedure last year was Botox injections, with 2.77 million performed, while liposuction headed the list of surgical procedures, with 456,828.

Including liposuction, the five most performed surgical procedures last year were breast augmentation, eyelid surgery, abdominoplasty and female breast reduction.

In the non-surgical category, laser hair removal and laser skin resurfacing topped the list.

Women represented 91 percent of all cosmetic intervention patients in 2007, with 10.6 million procedures.

And while men were a small minority, their number from 2006 to 2007 increased by 17 percent.

The most frequent cosmetic surgery for men last year was liposuction (57,980), while Botox injections headed the non-surgical list (329,519).

For women, breast augmentation was the surgery most performed (399,400), and Botox injections the most non-surgical procedure (2.45 million).

Female breast augmentation saw the biggest surge last year, while for men it was anti-wrinkle Radiesse injections -- a dermal filler based on calcium-based microspheres suspended in a water-based gel. WASHINGTON, March 3, 2008 (AFP)


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