Fat is still phat – at least in some places like the breasts, butt and face, according to the annual statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).
Specifically, minimally invasive cosmetic fat injections increased by 13 percent, buttock augmentation using fat grafting increased by 26 percent and breast augmentation using fat grafting increased by 72 percent from 2015 to 2016.
Still, there are places where a little extra fat is anything but phat. From 2015- 2016, injection-based procedures that target fat pockets in specific areas such as under the chin grew by 18 percent, fat freezing techniques increased by 5 percent as did non-invasive skin tightening procedures that target fat and tighten sagging areas.
The Big Picture
Overall, there were 17.1 million surgical and minimally invasive cosmetic procedures performed in the United States in 2016, a three percent rise from 2015.
Facelifts , which dropped from the top five most popular cosmetic surgical procedures in 2015, made a comeback in 2016, according to the new stats.
This year overall cosmetic surgical procedures grew at a slightly higher rate of four percent compared to minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures, which grew by three percent. While body procedures are still popular, three of the five top cosmetic surgical procedures focused on the face.
Of the cosmetic surgical procedures performed in 2016, the top 5 were:
1. Breast augmentation (290,467 procedures, up 4 percent from 2015)
2. Liposuction (235,237 procedures, up 6 percent from 2015)
3. Nose reshaping (223,018 procedures, up 2 percent from 2015)
4. Eyelid surgery (209,020 procedures, up 2 percent from 2015)
5. Facelifts (131,106 procedures, up 4 percent from 2015)
Among the 15.5 million cosmetic minimally-invasive procedures performed in 2016, the top 5 were:
1. Botulinum Toxin Type A (7 million procedures, up 4 percent from 2015)
2. Soft Tissue Fillers (2.6 million procedures, up 2 percent from 2015)
3. Chemical Peel (1.36 million procedures, up 4 percent since 2015)
4. Laser hair removal (1.1 million procedures, down 1 percent from 2015)
5. Microdermabrasion (775,000 procedures, down 3% from 2015)
This year marks the first time that ASPS included data on labiaplasty, which the organization began tracking in 2015. Labiaplasty increased by 39 percent in 2016, with more than 12,000 procedures.
About the Statistics
ASPS members may report procedural information through the first online national database for plastic surgery procedures, Tracking Operations and Outcome for Plastic Surgeons (TOPS). This data, combined with an annual survey sent to American Board of Medical Specialties’ certified physicians most likely to perform these procedures, results in the most comprehensive census on plastic surgery.