Cosmetic Surgery Quick Facts. Medicard's Statistics 2003:

  • In 2003, there were over 302,000 surgical and non-surgical cosmetic enhancements performed in Canada. An increase of nearly 60,000 procedures or 24.6% from 2002.

  • Surgical procedures increased from 86,207 in 2002 to 100,569 in 2003.

  • Canadian surgical procedures eclipsed $500,000,000 in 2003.

  • Liposuction procedures increased by 16% from 2002 to 24,337, which is 24% of the surgical market in Canada.

  • Breast Augmentation rose 17% to16,973 procedures in 2003.

  • Botox® leads the way in injectables with over 100,000 treatments on 50,000 patients in 2003.

  • Injectable fillers such as bovine collagen were used by 42,000 patients in 2003, a 23% increase from the previous year.

  • The number of patients having non-surgical facelift procedures grew dramatically in 2003 to 17,628 patients as practitioner availability grew by 325%.

  • Laser hair removal procedures were up 33% from 2002.

  • Increased popularity in laser treatments continues to grow with vision, correction leg vein therapy, and skin resurfacing.

  • Women are seeking 85.5% of all cosmetic enhancement procedures; the most popular are liposuction, breast augmentation and non-surgical facelifts.

  • Men seek 14.5% of all cosmetic treatments; the most popular being liposuction, rhinoplasty, and eye lifts. 87% of all patients are between the ages of 35-50, 11% were aged 19-34 leaving 2% over the age of 50.

  • Geographically the survey is led by Ontario having 42% of cosmetic procedures performed in the province, followed by British Columbia at 26%, Alberta with 11%, and the rest of Canada with a combined 20%.


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