ASAPS 2017: Cosmetic Surgeries on the Rise

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 | Research and Publications , American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery


Cosmetic surgery is still very much in demand, according to new data from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS).

In fact, surgical procedures account for 77 percent of all surveyed plastic surgeon’s business in 2017.  

Specifically, the number of facelifts performed in the United States increased by 21.9 percent  in the past year alone and by 21.8 percent over the past five years.

Other plastic surgical procedures seeing significant growth include breast lifts, blepharoplasty, upper arm lifts and liposuction, all of which have seen double-digit increases over the past year alone and all of which have seen double-digit increases over the past five years as well.

  • Breast lifts are up by 13.9 percent over the past year and 57.5 percent over the past five years
  • Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) is up 26.3 percent over the past year and 33.5 percent over the past five years
  • Liposuction is up 16.5 percent over the past year and 58.0 percent over the past five years
  • Upper arm lifts are up 20.1 percent over the past year and 59.1 percent over the past five years

The data also identified the top 5 surgical and nonsurgical procedures for men and women as follows:

Top 5 Surgical Procedures for Women:          

  • Breast Augmentation               
  • Liposuction                    
  • Breast Lift
  • Tummy Tuck
  • Blepharoplasty                                                                       

Top 5 Nonsurgical Procedures for Women:

  • Botulinum Toxin                              
  • Hyaluronic Acid                              
  • Hair Removal
  • Nonsurgical Fat Reduction
  • Chemical Peels                      

Top 5 Surgical Procedures for Men:

  • Liposuction
  • Blepharoplasty
  • Breast Reduction (treatment of Gynecomastia)
  • Tummy Tuck
  • Facelift

Top 5 Nonsurgical Procedures for Men:

  • Botulinum Toxin
  • Hyaluronic Acid
  • Nonsurgical Fat Reduction
  • Hair Removal
  • Photo Rejuvenation (IPL)

In a shift from previous years, the 2017 survey reflects input exclusively from American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS)  board-certified plastic surgeons. It previously encompassed data from physicians in a wider range of specialties. ASAPS, working with an independent research firm, compiled the national data for procedures performed 2012-2017. A paper-based questionnaire was mailed to 6,500 board-certified plastic surgeons. An online version of the questionnaire was also available.  A total of 291 board-certified plastic surgeons returned questionnaires, of which 26 were retired or otherwise inactive during 2017. While surveys were distributed to all domestic, board-certified plastic surgeons, the results may reflect activities of surgeons who primarily conduct aesthetic surgical procedures.  Final figures have been projected to reflect nationwide statistics. Confidence intervals change by procedure, depending on the grouping’s sample size and the response variance, though the overall survey portion of this research has a standard error of +/- 5.90 percent at a 95 percent level of confidence.

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