Rising Trends

Every year the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) releases statistics on the past year’s cosmetic surgery trends. This study looks at both surgical and non-surgical procedures to determine which are growing, withering, and which have remained popular.

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If this year’s study proves anything, it’s that cosmetic enhancements are as popular as ever. In 2017 alone, there were over 17.5 million cosmetic procedures performed in the United States. This is an increase of two percent from 2016 and five percent from 2015. While breast augmentation, liposuction, rhinoplasty, blepharoplasty, and tummy tuck surgery comprise the top five most commonly performed procedures, there are some other trends that are beginning to manifest.

All Breast Procedures Are on the Rise

It’s little surprise that breast augmentation, a procedure that is synonymous with plastic surgery, once again sits at the top. This procedure was performed over 300,000 times in 2017 alone—a three percent increase from 2016.

Breast lift surgery is slowly nudging its way closer to a spot on the top five with over 105,000 performed, an increase of four percent from 2016. The biggest surprise among breast procedures is breast reduction, which saw an 11 percent increase between 2016 and 2017. Although the numbers for reduction are still far behind that of breast augmentation and breast lift surgeries, reduction surgery had one of the highest percentage increases for all cosmetic surgeries.

Minimally Invasive Facial Procedures Are Growing Fast

Considering how many surgical procedures were performed, it sounds far-fetched to say that there were 10 times the amount of minimally or non-invasive options. That is, however, exactly what the statistics say. There were over 15 million non-invasive or minimally invasive procedures performed last year, up two percent from 2016 and a whopping 186 percent from 2000.

Minimally invasive cosmetic procedures have skyrocketed in the past two decades with injections, dermal fillers, and laser treatments becoming household names. Nowadays, everyone knows what BOTOX® Cosmetic does, what dermabrasion is, and how fillers, such as JUVÉDERM®, work. This increase is also highlighting a new trend in facial cosmetic enhancements. Minimally invasive facial procedures such as BOTOX® Cosmetic and JUVÉDERM®, as well as KYBELLA® (which breaks down fat beneath the chin) and Ultherapy® (non-surgical skin tightening), are all increasing in large numbers, whereas surgical procedures, such as facelift surgery and mini facelift surgery are dropping slightly. While facelift surgery is still among the highest performed surgical procedures, it was replaced by tummy tuck surgery for the fifth position.

Butts Are Still Getting Bigger

The increased focus on the buttocks is nothing new. For the past several years, surgeons all over the country have been seeing and creating larger derrières for their patients, and 2017 was no different with a 13 percent increase in buttock lift surgery. What is surprising, however, are the methods being used. Buttock implants are down by over 50 percent whereas buttock augmentation through fat grafting, a.k.a. the Brazilian Butt Lift, is up 10 percent.

Fat Removal Is Holding Center Stage

Almost everyone has those extra pockets of annoying fat that they just can’t seem to get rid of no matter how many hours they spend at the gym or how many crash diets they try. Because of this, it is no surprise that fat removal is high amongst patient’s wishes. Increases are being seen in both surgical and non-surgical fat reduction, demonstrating that everyone shares a common desire to rid themselves of fat despite their preference in the method.

To learn more about any of the cosmetic procedures listed above, contact Dr. Mesbahi today by calling 703-287-8277 to set up a consultation.