OnabotulinumtoxinA most popular cosmetic procedure in 2015



OnabotulinumtoxinA injection continued as the most popular minimally invasive cosmetic procedure in 2015, but its 1% increase in the number of procedures from the previous year was the smallest since 2009, when there was a 4% drop from the year before, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

There was a total of 14.2 million minimally invasive cosmetic procedures performed in the United States in 2015, a 2% increase over 2014, the ASPS projected from a survey of 1,027 dermatologists, plastic surgeons, and otolaryngologists combined with its Tracking Operations and Outcomes for Plastic Surgeons database.

Of the 2015 total, an estimated 6.8 million were onabotulinumtoxinA procedures, with each injection of an anatomic site counting as a separate procedure. Soft tissue fillers were second in popularity among cosmetic patients, with over 2.4 million procedures performed, followed by chemical peel (1.3 million procedures), laser hair removal (1.1 million), and microdermabrasion (800,000), the ASPS reported.

Since 2010, soft tissue fillers have seen the most growth, increasing by 37.6%, followed by onabotulinumtoxinA (25.6%), laser hair removal (19.1%), and chemical peel (14.4%), according to ASPS data. The use of microdermabrasion dropped in that time period (–3%).

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