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Demand for Botox Injections on the Rise, Few Opting for Larger Breasts: Report

Update Date: Feb 20, 2013 08:47 AM EST

Plastic surgeries in the U.S. have recorded a growth for the third consecutive year, say statistics reported by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). In 2012, more than 14 million plastic surgeries were performed in the country, which is 5 percent higher than 2011. However, there were fewer takers for breast augmentation surgeries.  

In addition, some 5.6 million reconstructive plastic surgery procedures were performed last year, which is about 1 percent higher than last year.

"For the third consecutive year, the overall growth in cosmetic surgery continues to be driven by a significant rise in minimally-invasive procedures, while surgical procedures remain relatively stable. We are aware, however, that patients who begin with less invasive treatments with a plastic surgeon may opt for more invasive, surgical procedures once required," said Gregory Evans, M.D., president ASPS, in a statement.

Botox injections and soft tissue fillers topped the chart for the most sought minimally invasive procedures in the U.S. last year. More than 6 million people got Botox injections, recording a growth of about 6 percent.

Botox is a drug that's obtained from a toxin produced bacterium Clostridium botulinum, according to Medline Plus. The drug is used to remove wrinkles, treat underarm sweating, misaligned eyes, etc.

The report showed a decline in the number of people undergoing cosmetic surgical procedures, with breast surgeries taking the biggest hit. Female breast augmentation and breast lifts saw a decline of 2 percent, while male breast reduction increased by 5 percent in the year 2012.

"Female cosmetic breast surgeries such as breast augmentation, as well as body contouring procedures like tummy tucks, were some of the most popular procedures performed in 2012, although they saw declines. Facial rejuvenation procedures to eradicate wrinkles, refresh, or tighten sagging skin experienced growth, as more consumers chose to maintain or restore a youthful appearance with these procedures," said Dr. Evans.

However, the number of women undergoing breast reductions increased by 8 percent last year, with some 68,000 procedures being performed across the country.

Other kind of plastic surgeries like reconstructive plastic surgery, which is done to improve the functionality of a feature, remained steady last year, with a 1 percent increase. 

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