The Top Plastic Surgery Trends

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More Americans are getting cosmetic plastic surgery than ever before. In fact, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgery (ASPS), there were over 17.1 million surgical and minimally invasive cosmetic procedures performed in the US in 2016, up 3% compared to the previous year.

So, what were the most popular procedures, and what trends do we see emerging in what people are looking for in their cosmetic plastic surgery?

Here are the top 4 takeaways from the new ASPS data:

1. The Top 5 Procedures

Of the nearly 1.8 million cosmetic surgical procedures performed in 2016, the top 5 were:

  1. Breast augmentation (290,467 procedures, up 4 percent from 2015)
  2. Liposuction (235,237 procedures, up 6 percent from 2015)
  3. Nose reshaping (223,018 procedures, up 2 percent from 2015)
  4. Eyelid surgery (209,020 procedures, up 2 percent from 2015)
  5. Facelifts (131,106 procedures, up 4 percent from 2015)

Among the 15.5 million minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures performed in 2016, the top 5 were:

  1. Botulinum toxin (Botox) type A (7 million procedures, up 4 percent from 2015)
  2. Soft tissue fillers (2.6 million procedures, up 2 percent from 2015)
  3. Chemical peel (1.36 million procedures, up 4 percent since 2015)
  4. Laser hair removal (1.1 million procedures, down 1 percent from 2015)
  5. Microdermabrasion (775,000 procedures, down 3% from 2015)

2. Focusing on the Face

Face-centric procedures are making a comeback. Facelifts dropped out from the top 5 most popular cosmetic surgical procedures in 2015, but now it’s the 5th most popular procedure. Instant improvements to the face are back in style. For example, apps and filters that change the shape and shade of the face have exploded in popularity. It’s not surprising that surgical facial enhancements have also spiked in 2016.

3. Filling and Sculpting Using Your Own Fat

Fat grafting was a big trend in 2016. Fat grafting involves taking unwanted fat from one area (for example, the fat around your tummy) using liposuction, and then injecting it to fill and sculpt other areas like the face, buttocks or breasts. In 2016, minimally invasive cosmetic fat injections increased 13%, buttock augmentation using fat grafting increased 26% and breast augmentation using fat grafting increased a whopping 72%.

Last year, we wrote a post debunking 4 common myths about fat grafting – check it out here!

4. Labiaplasty Gaining Popularity

The ASPS only started tracking labiaplasty in 2015, so this is the first year data is available for the procedure. Labiaplasty involves rejuvenating the lips of the vagina by lifting and/injecting fat or filler into the area. More than 12,000 procedures were performed in 2016, up 39% compared to 2015. You can read more about labiaplasty in our blog post on vaginal rejuvenation.

Have you had any of the surgeries mentioned recently? Or noticed any other plastic surgery trends not mentioned above? Share with us below!

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Christie is a UChicago grad currently living in the San Francisco Bay Area. In her free time, she enjoys tap dancing, learning to windsurf, and trying new foods.