ASAPS 2018 Stats: Injectables, Other Non-Surgical Cosmetic Procedures Still Gaining Steam

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 | Fillers & Injectables , Lasers & Light Devices , Research and Publications , ASAPS


Non-surgical cosmetic procedures are on the rise, according to 2018 statistics from The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS).

The top 5 nonsurgical procedures performed by plastic surgeons in 2018 were:

  • Botulinum Toxin
    • 1,801,033 procedures performed
    • Up 16 percent from 2017 – (Up 36 percent since 2013)
    • $560,751,512 spent
  • Hyaluronic Acid
    • 810,240 procedures performed
    • Up 12 percent from 2017 – (Up 54 percent since 2013)
    • $544,019,712 spent
  • Nonsurgical Fat Reduction
    • 174,244 procedures performed
    • Down 4 percent since 2017 – (Up 135 percent since 2013)
    • $271,710,461 spent
  • Photo Rejuvenation (IPL)
    • 135,624 procedures performed
    • Up 20 percent since 2017 – (Up 10 percent since 2013)
    • $56,005,993 spent
  • Chemical Peel
    • 129,596 procedures performed
    • Up 9 percent since 2012– (Up 24 percent since 2013)
    • $89,750,698 spent

"Patients are becoming increasingly sophisticated. There used to be a myth, propagated by the press, that non-invasive procedures were a substitute for surgical procedures. Most patients now understand that non-invasive techniques address certain issues and certain aspects of the aging process, and surgical procedures address others," explains Dr. Charles Thorne, MD and President-Elect of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, in a news release. Dr. Thorne also serves as Chairman of the Department of Plastic Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital and Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital. "For a person in their 50s or 60s whose main concerns are jowls and/or looseness in the neck, there is no question that a surgical cheek or neck lift is the most effective and most long-lasting alternative–and because of the longevity, probably the least expensive."

Top Surgical Procedures 

Tummy tucks topped the list of procedures most commonly performed by plastic surgeons in the US in 2018.

Fully 93 percent of all plastic surgeons in the U.S. performed tummy tucks in 2018, and 157,492 patients underwent tummy tucks in 2018, according to the new stats. A whopping $952,139,750 was spent on tummy tucks in 2018.

Also in the top 5 surgical procedures performed by board-certified plastic surgeons in the U.S. are:

  • Liposuction
    • Performed by 92 percent of all plastic surgeons in the U.S. in 2018
    • 289,261 patients received liposuction in 2018
    • $969,008,435 was spent on liposuction in 2018
  • Breast Lifts
    • Performed by 90 percent of all plastic surgeons in 2018
    • 158,964 patients had breast lifts in 2018
    • $761,393,625 was spent on breast lifts in 2018
  • Blepharoplasty
    • Performed by 90 percent of all plastic surgeons in the U.S. performed in 2018
    • 115,508 patients had eyelid surgery in 2018
    • $358,102,359 was spent on eyelid surgery in 2018
  • Breast Augmentation with Silicone Implants
    • Performed by 88 percent of all plastic surgeons in the U.S. in 2018
    • 329,914 patients received silicone breast implants in 2018
    •  $1,146,936,553 was spent on silicone breast implants in 2018

ASAPS changed its survey methodology in 2018.  The statistics now only include board-certified plastic surgeons, whereas prior surveys also included dermatologists and otolaryngologists. 

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