Garden City, NY (PressExposure) April 16, 2008 -- Kaveh Alizadeh, MD, a member of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) and president of the Long Island Plastic Surgical Group, is among a group of approximately 2400 board-certified plastic surgeons in the U.S. who released their 11th annual cosmetic plastic surgery statistics this week. ASAPS, founded in 1967, is the world's leading organization for cosmetic surgery education and research with members in the U.S., Canada and 32 other countries.
More than 14,000 questionnaires were mailed nationwide to a random sampling of board-certified doctors in three specialties most likely to perform several or more of the 39 top cosmetic procedures. Results of the survey were used to project national data on the number of cosmetic procedures in 2007, which totaled nearly 11.7 million. This figure is a 2 percent increase from 2006 and a 457 percent increase from 1997.
Plastic surgeons who are Active Members of ASAPS performed an average of 322 surgical procedures last year. Aesthetic Society members also performed an average of 839 nonsurgical procedures. Dr. Alizadeh has been an ASAPS member since 2004. He is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and specializes in cosmetic surgery of the face and the entire body.
"The results of this survey confirm that Americans continue to view cosmetic plastic surgery as an important way to enhance their quality of life," says Dr. Alizadeh
The top five surgical procedures in 2007 were liposuction (456,828); breast augmentation (399,440); eyelid surgery (240,763); abdominoplasty (185,335); and breast reduction (153,087).
Women had 91 percent of all cosmetic procedures, a total of 10.6 million procedures. Men had 9 percent of all cosmetic procedures, nearly 1.1 million procedures. People ages 35-50 had 46 percent of all cosmetic procedures. Traditional racial and ethnic minorities including Hispanics, African-Americans and Asians accounted for 21 percent of the total number of procedures nationwide.
"There are many options in cosmetic surgery today, including minimally invasive procedures with little or no downtime that sometimes can delay the need for more extensive surgery," says Dr. Alizadeh. "A qualified plastic surgeon, especially one who is a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, can help determine which procedure will achieve the best results for each individual."
Long Island Plastic Surgical Group, established in 1948 in Garden City, is the largest and longest continuously-running practice of its kind in North America. Its multiple Centers for Excellence include: non-invasive skin care and age management; cleft lip and palate repair; facial reanimation; microsurgery and peripheral nerve repair; comprehensive facial and body cosmetic surgery; burns and complex wound management; hand and upper extremity reconstruction; and comprehensive aesthetic and reconstructive breast surgery.
Since 1954, Long Island Plastic Surgical Group, P.C. has directed a Plastic Surgery Residency Program, which has trained more than 100 surgeons in the art and science of Plastic Surgery. There are fewer than 100 such programs in the entire U.S