It’s official. Plastic surgery is on the rise.
There were nearly 18 million more cosmetic procedures performed in 2018 than 2017, and this number has risen steadily over the past five years, according to the 2018 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).
The statistics also reveal a rise in body-shaping procedures, with a spike in non-invasive fat reduction, as well as surgeries such as breast augmentations and liposuction.
Of the 15.9 million cosmetic minimally invasive procedures performed in 2018, the top 5 were:
- Botulinum Toxin Type A (7.44 million procedures, up 3 percent from 2017)
- Soft Tissue Fillers (2.68 million procedures, up 2 percent from 2017)
- Chemical Peel (1.38 million procedures, up 1 percent since 2017)
- Laser hair removal (1.1 million procedures, down 1 percent from 2017)
- Microdermabrasion (709,413 procedures, down 4% from 2017)
Of the more than 1.8 million cosmetic surgical procedures performed in 2018, the top 5 were:
- Breast augmentation (313,735 procedures, up 4 percent from 2017)
- Liposuction (258,558 procedures, up 5 percent from 2017)
- Nose reshaping (213,780 procedures, down 2 percent from 2017)
- Eyelid surgery (206,529 procedures, down 1 percent from 2017)
- Tummy tuck (130,081 procedures, about the same as 2017)
Three of the top five surgical procedures focus on the body, and in 2018, there was an increase in all three. There were also surges in other body-sculpting procedures like buttock augmentations and thigh lifts. There were more than 12,000 more liposuction procedures performed in 2018 than in 2017, while breast augmentations increased by four percent. There were also surges in other body-sculpting procedures like buttock augmentations and thigh lifts.
“Liposuction continues to be the gold standard in body contouring because of its versatility, efficiency and effectiveness,” says ASPS President Alan Matarasso, MD, a New York City plastic surgeon, in a news release. “With liposuction, one treatment may be all you need to reshape problem areas. A plastic surgeon can treat more areas—and larger areas—in one procedure. Liposuction also provides a more consistent and predictable result than non-invasive treatments, but new non-surgical fat reduction machinery continues to evolve and play a role in reshaping areas of the body.”
The two facial surgical procedures in the top five—nose reshaping and eyelid surgery—decreased slightly, but patients are now choosing among more options than ever before, particularly with emerging non-surgical nose reshaping and eyelid puffiness improvement.
About the new statistics
ASPS members may report procedural information through the first online national database for plastic surgery procedures, Tracking Operations and Outcomes for Plastic Surgeons (TOPS). This data is combined with an annual survey sent to American Board of Medical Specialties’ certified physicians most likely to perform these procedures.