USA, Brazil Take the Lead for Most Plastic Surgery Procedures

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 | Fillers & Injectables


Plastic surgery is on the rise across the globe, according to new statistics from The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS).

There was an overall increase of 9 percent in surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures in 2016.

The top five countries – USA, Brazil, Japan, Italy and Mexico – account for 41.4 percent of the world’s cosmetic procedures, followed by Russia, India, Turkey, Germany and France.

In 2016, labiaplasty showed the largest increase in number of procedures from 2015, with a 45 percent rise, followed by the lower body lift which increased by 29 percent, the upper body lift and breast augmentation using fat transfer both demonstrating equal growth at 22 percent, and the buttock lift increasing by 20 percent.

Breast augmentation continued to be the world’s most popular cosmetic procedure, accounting for 15.8 percent of all surgical procedures, followed by liposuction (14 percent), eyelid surgery (12.9 percent), rhinoplasty (7.6 percent) and abdominoplasty (7.4 percent). The least popular cosmetic surgery in 2016 was penile enlargement, which also saw the largest decrease in number of procedures (-28 percent).

The most popular non-surgical procedures continue to be injectables with botulinum toxin ranking at number one at 4,627,752 procedures (a 7 percent increase over the past 12 months).

Women continue to drive the demand for cosmetic procedures, accounting for 86.2 percent, or 20,362,655 cosmetic procedures worldwide. The five most popular procedures requested by women are breast augmentation (Silicone Implant), liposuction, eyelid surgery, abdominoplasty and breast lift.

In 2016, men accounted for 13.8 percent of cosmetic patients with 3,264,254 procedures performed worldwide. Their top five cosmetic procedures requested by men are eyelid surgery, male breast reduction, rhinoplasty, liposuction and hair transplant.

“These results confirm … that the demand for cosmetic procedures is stronger than ever,” says ISAPS President Renato Saltz, MD,  a plastic surgeon in Salt Lake City, Utah. “Around the world, we are seeing record numbers of patients looking to take advantage of the latest innovations in cosmetic surgery to look and feel better about themselves.”

Survey Methodology

The data on aesthetic/cosmetic surgical and non-surgical procedures performed in 2016 was tabulated with a questionnaire sent to approximately 35,000 plastic surgeons in ISAPS’ proprietary database. The results were compiled, tabulated and analyzed by Industry Insights, an independent research firm based in Columbus, Ohio. 

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