21 March 2012The number of cosmetic surgery procedures carried out in America last year increased by 1 per cent, according to the latest figures from a leading industry body. Data released by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) said Liposuction was the most popular surgical procedure, followed by breast augmentation, tummy tuck surgery, eyelid surgery and breast lifts. The figures were based on the responses of more than 1,100 doctors from across the United States.Laser hair removal and Botox were said to be two of the most popular non-surgical procedures. And while ASAPS said the number of non-invasive procedures fell by 2 per cent in 2011, almost $10 billion was spent on cosmetic procedures by men and women across the country in total. The growing popularity of cosmetic procedures with men was also highlighted by the figures. Since ASAPS first began collecting data in 1997, the number of cosmetic procedures being carried out on men each year has increased by 121 per cent. The role that celebrities play in helping to boost interest in certain procedures was highlighted by Long Island's Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery earlier this month. It said staff had noticed a trend in the number of news stories relating to celebrities undergoing liposuction and the number of enquiries from prospective patients.