ASPS Releases 2018 Plastic Surgery Statistics

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) has released its annual statistics for surgical and non-surgical procedures for 2018. These numbers reveal a number of important trends in terms of surgical and non-surgical procedures performed throughout the United States.

Dr. Paul Pin and the team at our Dallas, TX practice would like to go over these ASPS numbers and what they may suggest about cosmetic treatments moving forward. If you would like to learn more about any of the treatments discussed below, be sure to schedule a consultation with a skilled cosmetic plastic surgeon and cosmetic skin care expert.

Total Number of Cosmetic Procedures in 2018

Last year, 1,811,740 cosmetic surgery procedures were performed and 15,909,931 non-surgical treatments were performed. This made for a grand total of 17,721,671 surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures in 2018.

This is a 1% increase in cosmetic surgery procedures from 2017, a 2% increase in non-surgical cosmetic procedures from 2017, and an overall 2% increase in all cosmetic procedures performed in 2017.

Most Popular Cosmetic Surgery Procedures

The five most popular cosmetic surgery procedures of 2018 were:

  • Breast Augmentation - 313,735
  • Liposuction - 258,558
  • Nose Reshaping (Rhinoplasty) - 213,780
  • Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) - 206,529
  • Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) - 130,081

Other Popular Cosmetic Surgery Options

The facelift was just on the outskirts of the top five surgery procedures, with 121,531 performed in 2018. Breast lift surgery was also at the edges of the top five, with 109,638 procedures performed last year.

Two cosmetic surgery procedures experienced major increases from the previous year. There were 24,099 buttock augmentations with fat grafting performed in 2018, a 19% increase from 2017; there were 23,658 hair transplantation surgeries in 2018, an 18% increase from 2017.

Most Popular Non-surgical Cosmetic Treatments

The five most popular non-surgical cosmetic procedures of 2018 were:

  • Botulinum Toxin Type A (Botox, Dysport, Xeomin) - 7,437,378
  • Soft Tissue Fillers - 2,676,970
  • Chemical Peel - 1,384,327
  • Laser Hair Removal - 1,077,490
  • Microdermabrasion - 709,413

Other Popular Non-surgical Procedures

The two most popular non-surgical procedures outside of the top five were intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy (675,552) and laser skin resurfacing (594,266). Both experienced a 1% increase from 2017 numbers.

Non-invasive fat reduction (Coolsculpting, Liposonix) increased in popularity by 6% from 2017, with 376,962 procedures performed in 2018.

Most Popular Reconstructive Procedures

The most popular reconstructive procedures of 2018 were:

  • Tumor Removal (Including Skin Cancer) - 4,462,519
  • Laceration Repair (Other Than Facial Lacerations) - 253,447
  • Maxillofacial Surgery - 204,521
  • Scar Revision - 182,250
  • Breast Reconstruction - 101,657

What These Trends May Tell Us about the Future

Given the trends above, we assume that non-surgical cosmetic procedures will continue to be the most popular option for patients. The affordability, lack of downtime, low complication risk, and great overall results have been especially appealing to patients.

As for surgical treatments, the top five has held steady for two years straight. As more people turn to cosmetic injectables and non-surgical facial rejuvenation, we assume that the top five may hold steady for a third straight year as facelift experiences another slight decline in popularity.

Learn More about Cosmetic Surgery and Skin Care

For more information about your many options for skin rejuvenation and anti-aging treatment, be sure to contact an experienced plastic surgeon and cosmetic skin care specialist. Dr. Pin and our team are here to help you.