New Data From The Aesthetic Society Delineates the Top 5 Procedures Performed by Plastic Surgeons in the U.S. and the Rise in Patient Demand for Nonsurgical Options

NEW YORK, NY (March 20, 2019) – The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, (The Aesthetic Society) has just released its annual statistics for 2018. For the second year, the survey reflects data collected only from plastic surgeons, the only survey in the United States to focus exclusively on the specialty. The latest data show what the most popular aesthetic surgical procedures being performed by board-certified plastic surgeons in the United States are, including expenditures for each and show a significant increase in patient demand for noninvasive/nonsurgical options either alone or in conjunction with surgery.

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

  • Tummy Tucks
    • Performed by 93% of all plastic surgeons in the U.S. in 2018
    • 157,492 patients received tummy tucks in 2018
    • $952,139,750 was spent on tummy tucks in 2018
  • Liposuction
    • Performed by 92% 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% of all plastic surgeons in 2018
    • 158,964 patients had breast lifts in 2018
    • $761,393,625 was spent on breast lifts in 2018

“The top 5 procedures performed by board-certified plastic surgeons in the United States does not come as a surprise, as each of these procedures have always been popular among patients and deliver the best results when performed by an ABMS certified plastic surgeon specializing in aesthetic surgical procedures of the face and body. These procedures require a special skill set, including a detailed knowledge of anatomy and an artful eye, which is why plastic surgeons undergo a minimum of 6 years of plastic surgical residency training after medical school,” explains W. Grant Stevens, MD, President of The Aesthetic Society. 

Nonsurgical procedures saw significant growth again this year. The top 5 nonsurgical procedures for 2018 were:

  • Botulinum Toxin
    • 1,801,033 procedures performed
    • Up 16% from 2017 – (Up 36% since 2013)
    • $560,751,512 spent
  • Hyaluronic Acid
    • 810,240 procedures performed
    • Up 12% from 2017 – (Up 54% since 2013)
    •  $544,019,712 spent
  • Nonsurgical Fat Reduction
    • 174,244 procedures performed
    • Down 4% since 2017 – (Up 135% since 2013)
    •  $271,710,461 spent
  • Photo Rejuvenation (IPL)
    • 135,624 procedures performed
    • Up 20% since 2017 – (Up 10% since 2013)
    • $56,005,993 spent
  • Chemical Peel
    • 129,596 procedures performed
    • Up 9% since 2012– (Up 24% 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, M.D. and President-Elect of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. “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.”

A full copy of ASAPS’ latest statistics, including a PDF book containing press-ready infographics will soon be available here:  http://www.surgery.org/media/statistics
 

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About ASAPS
The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), is recognized as the world’s leading organization devoted entirely to aesthetic plastic surgery and cosmetic medicine of the face and body.  ASAPS is comprised of over 2,600 Plastic Surgeons; Active Members are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (USA) or by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and have extensive training in the complete spectrum of surgical and nonsurgical aesthetic procedures. International Active Members are certified by equivalent boards of their respective countries. All members worldwide adhere to a strict Code of Ethics and must meet stringent membership requirements.

About the ASAPS Cosmetic Surgery National Data Bank

ASAPS, working with an independent research firm, compiled the national data for procedures performed in 2018. A paper-based questionnaire was mailed to 7,000 board-certified plastic surgeons. An online version of the questionnaire was also available. A total of 315 board-certified plastic surgeons returned questionnaires, of which 21 were retired or otherwise inactive during 2018. While surveys were distributed to all domestic, board-certified plastic surgeons, the results may reflect activities of surgeons who primarily conduct aesthetic surgical procedures. Final figures have been projected to reflect nationwide statistics. Confidence intervals change by procedure, depending on the grouping’s sample size and the response variance, though the overall survey portion of this research has a standard error of +/- 5.59% at a 95% level of confidence.

The Survey on Cosmetic Procedures Performed in 2018 was compiled, tabulated and analyzed by Industry Insights Inc. (www.industryinsights.com), an independent research firm based in Columbus, OH.

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The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), is recognized as the world's leading organization devoted entirely to aesthetic plastic surgery and cosmetic medicine of the face and body. ASAPS is comprised of over 2,600 Plastic Surgeons; Active Members are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (USA) or by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and have extensive training in the complete spectrum of surgical and nonsurgical aesthetic procedures. International Active Members are certified by equivalent boards of their respective countries. All members worldwide adhere to a strict Code of Ethics and must meet stringent membership requirements.

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