ASAPS 2016: Labiaplasty More Than A Fad

Thursday, March 02, 2017 | Fillers & Injectables , Lasers & Light Devices , Research and Publications , American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery , Cosmetic surgery

When it rains, it pours.

Both the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and sister organization American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) released some (ASAPS) or all  (ASPS) of their annual statistics.

And by and large, there were some striking similarities between the two groups’ findings, suggesting that where there is smoke, there is, in fact, fire.

Once a niche procedure, labiaplasty is becoming more mainstream, with a 23.2 percent increase from 2015. What’s more, 36 percent of all plastic surgeons in the United States are now performing labiaplasties in their practices, more than double the number performing the procedure just five years ago. ASPS data backs this stat up. Labiaplasty increased by 39 percent in 2016, with more than 12,000 procedures, ASPS reports.

ASPS stats highlighted the increase in fat grafting procedures – particularly to the breast, face and buttocks.  ASAPS found similar increases for fat grafting to the breast, showing that it is up 41 percent from 2015.

Breast procedures – including explantation increased by 13.4 percent -- a trend which is in line with anecdotal reports that bigger is no longer seen as better when it comes to breast augmentation, and that many women prefer the more natural athletic look, ASAPS reports. In addition, breast lifts are up 8.4 percent from 2015 according to the ASAPS numbers. 

“Some women are coming in to have their implants removed, and opt to add a bit of their own fat back into the chest for a more subtle volume increase,” says Laguna Beach, Calif. plastic surgeon Daniel C. Mills, President of ASAPS. “They’re not all coming in and asking for large implants anymore.”

ASAPS’ data also reflects that certain nonsurgical procedures, including injectables, (Botulinum Toxin and Hyaluronic Acid) and photorejuvenation (IPL) are becoming increasingly popular alongside body-contouring procedures such as nonsurgical fat reduction and nonsurgical skin tightening. Again, ASPS data highlighted similar trends especially in regard to nonsurgical fat reduction.

ASAPS is expected to release its full statistics report later this year.

About The Stats

ASAPS, working with an independent research firm, compiled the 19-year national data for procedures performed 1997-2015. A paper-based questionnaire was mailed to 30,000 board-certified physicians. An online version of the questionnaire was also available.  A total of 844 physicians returned questionnaires, of which 103 were retired or otherwise inactive during 2015. 

Final figures have been projected to reflect nationwide statistics. Though the confidence intervals change by procedure, depending on the grouping’s sample size and the response variance, the overall survey portion of this research has a standard error of +/- 3.56% at a 95% level of confidence.


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