White Plains, NY (March 8, 2003)-Daniel C. Morello, MD, of White
Plains is among a group of approximately 1500 board-certified plastic
surgeons in the U.S. who, on average, performed the highest volume of
cosmetic surgical and nonsurgical procedures nationally in 2002,
according to a new survey by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic
Surgery (ASAPS). ASAPS, founded in 1967, is the world's leading
organization for cosmetic surgery education and research with members in
the U.S., Canada and 28 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 36 top cosmetic procedures. Results of
the survey were used to project national data on the number of cosmetic
procedures in 2002, which totaled nearly 6.9 million. This figure is a
228% increase compared to the number of cosmetic procedures performed in
"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. Morello, who is Past President of ASAPS and Chief
of Plastic Surgery Emeritus at White Plains Hospital Medical Center.
Not all cosmetic procedures made gains compared to the previous year,
but those that did include tummy tuck, up 17%; breast augmentation, up
15%; and facelift, up 6%. The number of botulinum toxin (Botox)
procedures increased 4% compared to 2001; since 1997, Botox procedures
are up 2400%.
6.9 MILLION COSMETIC PROCEDURES
The top five surgical procedures in 2002 were lipoplasty
(liposuction), 372,831; breast augmentation, 249,641; eyelid surgery,
229,092; rhinoplasty (nose reshaping), 156,973; and breast reduction
(females), 125,614. Breast reduction may be covered by insurance,
depending on the terms of the policy and individual patient factors.
Males had 12% of all cosmetic procedures (807,692), females 88%
(6,081,857). People ages 35-50 had 44% of all cosmetic procedures.
Racial and ethnic minorities including Hispanics, African-Americans and
Asians accounted for 19% of the total number of procedures nationwide,
up 2% from 2001.
Among all physician groups surveyed, plastic surgeons who are Active
Members of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery performed
the highest average number of cosmetic procedures per doctor (623
procedures) in 2002. Dr. Morello has been an ASAPS member since 1983,
and served as its Millennium President (2000-2001). He is certified by
the American Board of Plastic Surgery and specializes in cosmetic
surgery of the face and the entire body.
"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. Morello.
"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."
Dr. Morello is available for media interviews. 914-761-8667. Please
credit the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) when
citing statistical data.