No one knows exactly how much cosmetic surgery is being performed in New Zealand, as national statistics for the industry are not collected at this time. This is partly due to the fact that most cosmetic surgery is elective and so carried out in the private sector.
The other contributing factor is that so many different practitioners perform cosmetic surgery, ranging from specialist plastic and reconstructive surgeons to doctors, dermatologists and beauticians. For this reason statistics on individual procedures are also not available. It is generally accepted, however, that there has been a big rise in the past 10 years.