What 2016 Cosmetic Medicine Stats Mean For Your Clinic

Stats from 2016 are trailing indicators of the market but they should give you a clear view of where cosmetic medicine is headed.

When you're looking at where cosmetic medicine is headed, you'd do well to keep up with the latest stats showing that nonsurgical treatments are on a path to overtake cosmetic surgery in total dollars spent. 

If you look at some of these stats you'll sees some obvious trends, and that should make you think about what kinds of treatments you might look to ad or promote. Nonsurgical is where the growth is.

Nonsurgical cosmetic medicine's growth is accelerating according to the International Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery's (ISAPS) annual statistics.

Take a look at this chart of nonsurgical treatment's growth in the US, and compare that with the growth in surgical treatments. IPLs, cosmetic lasers, Botox and injectables.

Download and read the ASAPS report here.

Nonsurgical cosmetic medicine growth

The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) 2016 Stats

Read the ISAPS report here

If you're not practicing cosmetic medicine in the US, you might want to think about starting a clinic in Brazil.

In the report, Brazil and the US trade top spots depending upon the proceedure. They're neck and neck, except when the treatment is further South. Brazil is almost double the total number of treatments in both Labiaplasty and Vaginal Rejuvenation than the US. (Interstingly, Labiaplasty worldwide had the greatest increase in treatments year over year at a massive 45% increase.)

The US has far more nonsugical treatments due to greater market penetration of cosmetic lasers and IPLs.

Here's a breakdown of nonsurgical treatments wich shows wider spread than if all cosmetic treatments (including surgical) are included.

Total Nonsurgical Procedures by Country

Total number of nonsurgical treatments by country

Here's another chart that gives a little insight into the macro trends around injectables worldwide.

Year-to-Year Comparison of Injectable Change

Injectable filler injection treatments

Winners? Juvederm, Restylane, Belotero Balance and Sculptra Aesthetic. Loser? Radiesse.

Implications and takeaways for your clinic

Non-surgical procedures continue to grow at a steady. No surprise there, but there are some areas of interest if you're looking at adding to your treatment menu. You really want to ride a wave that's growing and a careful reading of these types of reports can show you where that wave is headed.

The fastest growing cosmetic procedure of all? Labiaplasty, at 45% year over year growth. That's a pretty damn good indication that there's a lot of demand. 

The non-surgical options using RF and fillers for vaginal rejuvenation has just started to trend, but it's dramatic. You might want to take a hard look at adding vaginal rejuvenation to your treatment lineup.

More non-surgical procedures may continue to progress and develop, as dermal fillers and Botox are not limited to the use of the face. Lasers and IPL also contribute to the increase as they are considered non-surgical alternatives for fat reduction or skin rejuvenation. It is expected that in the coming years, there may be a spike of numbers coming in from the younger and middle age demographic.