The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) just released their new plastic surgery statistics for 2016 and they included a number of facts that I found intriguing. To start, Americans underwent nearly 2 million plastic surgery procedures last year, meaning cosmetic surgery is more popular than ever. This was not only true for widely known procedures like liposuction and breast augmentation, but for a number of other relatively less common that can provide real benefits to patients including thigh lifts and eyelid surgery.
- Liposuction was the most commonly performed procedure for both women (369,323 procedures) and men (45,012 procedures).
- 658,547 of the nearly 2 million cosmetic surgery procedures performed in the US last year were breast surgeries. Meaning, 1 out of every 3 cosmetic procedures was a breast augmentation, breast revision, breast reduction, breast lift, or breast implant removal.
- Cosmetic surgery is growing exponentially with senior patients. Surgical procedures for men and women 65+ have increased by 58% over the last five years.
- Male breast reduction surgery to treat the symptoms of gynecomastia was the 2nd most common surgical procedure for men (31,368 procedures).
- 17,869 thigh lifts were performed last year. This marks a 5.5% increase from 2015 and a more than 500% increase since 1997.
- Smaller breasts remain very in-demand. Breast implant removal procedures increased by 13.4% and breast reductions saw an 8.8% increase.
I always love to read through these surveys. Combining knowledge of the latest insights with decades of performing cosmetic and reconstructive procedures allows me to better help today’s patients improve their appearance and self-confidence. To learn more about whether plastic surgery is right for you, schedule a consultation with me, Dr. Franklyn Elliott. Or, for more plastic surgery tips and healthcare information, follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.