11329948_xlInjection of botulinum toxin type A continues to be the most popular form of minimally invasive cosmetic surgery, with a total of more than 6.3 million procedures performed in 2013, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reported.

Overall, botulinum toxins such as Botox and Dysport accounted for 47% of the market for minimally invasive procedures, which totalled 13.4 million procedures in 2013, according to the ASPS.

The second most popular surgery was injection of soft tissue fillers, with 2.2 million procedures performed, followed by chemical peels (1.2 million procedures), laser hair removal (1.1 million), and microdermabrasion (970,000), the ASPS said.

The total number of minimally invasive procedures increased by 3% from 2012, as did the number of botulinum injections. The largest increase for a single type of procedure was seen for the soft tissue fillers, with hyaluronic acid injections up 18% from 2012 to 2013, the ASPS noted.

The estimates for 2013 are based on data from a national database and survey responses from 800 dermatologists, ENTs, and plastic surgeons.