Breast augmentation is the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure in the U.S. and in the world. If you pay attention to the media, you might think that virtually every woman has gone under the knife for bigger breasts. Statistically, however, women with breast implants are still a relatively small proportion of the world's population. Just how many women have breast implants?
In the United States, approximately 296,000 women got breast implants in 2010, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. The U.S. population includes approximately 100 million adult women. In other words, about 0.3% of all adult women in the U.S. received breast implants last year. While there are no statistics available for the percentage of American women who currently have breast implants, it is thought that this number is somewhere between five and ten percent.
Globally, it is estimated that 1,454,317 women underwent breast augmentation in 2010, according to the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. The population of women of all ages around the globe is around 3 billion. Statistically, breast implants are much less common worldwide than they are in the U.S. The percentage of women with breast implants is believed to be under five percent, though the rates are rising in many countries around the globe.
Both in the U.S. and internationally, it is expected that these percentages will continue to rise as breast implants grow more commonplace. While the percentages may seem small, it is important to remember that breast augmentation ranks as the #1 type of plastic surgery in nearly every country of the globe.