Plastic surgeons are noticing a certain trend in the women seeking out rhinoplasty procedures in both the United States and the United Kingdom: they want their noses to look more like Kate Middleton’s. And if you take a good look at her nose, you will see why. It is a very feminine nose that suites her face just perfectly.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeon’s (ASPS) gathers annual statistics on cosmetic surgical procedures. Based on their most recently published statistics (2011), nose reshapings were the second most popular surgical procedure performed in 2011, totaling 244,000 procedures. Not at all surprising, statistic bore out what we already probably guessed: the vast majority (75%) of nose reshapings were performed on women. But what might surprise you is that the number of nose reshapings actually decreased by 3% from the previous year. Are people as commonly dissatisfied with their noses as they once were? Or are they equally as dissatisfied, but lack the discretionary funds to do something about it.

For the curious minded, breast augmentations continued to be the most sought after procedure, with 307,000 such procedures performed in that same year. And here is another surprise: liposuction, with its 205,000 procedures, was less popular than nose reshapings,.

What about bringing a picture of Kate Middleton’s nose to your plastic surgeon?

Having a famous nose in mind is like bringing a picture with you when you get your hair cut. Patients don’t always know how to describe what they want; it’s just easier that way, explains Dr. Mark Deutsch, a plastic surgeon from Atlanta, Georgia.


The ASPS is the largest organization of board-certified plastic surgeons in the world. With more than 7,000 members, the Society is recognized as a leading authority and information source on cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery.

The ASPS offers the most comprehensive, reliable statistics on plastic surgery procedures collected through the first online national database for plastic surgery procedures, Tracking Operations and Outcomes for Plastic SurgeonsSM (TOPSSM). This data is combined with the annual survey sent to ABMS board-certified physicians. All responses are aggregated and extrapolated to the entire population of more than 24,000 physicians most likely to perform cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery procedures, resulting in the most accurate census available.


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