The ASPS (American Society of Plastic Surgeons) annually compiles data from member surgeons, releasing a statistical report to the public. As a result, plastic surgeons can identify trends beyond their own professional experience. The report also shows consumers the latest popular procedures in the plastic surgery arena.
The numbers released by ASPS in a press release reveal that the quantity of minimally-invasive treatments performed has grown faster than operative procedures since 2000. In 2015, the number of both procedure types increased by 2 percent with 15.9 million performed in the U.S.
According to the president of ASPS, David H. Song, facelifts and breast augmentations maintained their popularity, but interest in improving other parts of the body increased. He added that surgeons can now offer their patients more options than before to accomplish their individual goals.
ASPS also named the cosmetic procedures that are growing more common. Those are the mastopexy (breast lift), the lower body lift, brachioplasty (arm lift), and gluteal augmentation.
Comparing data between 2000 and 2015, the number of arm lifts, with 17,099 performed, saw an enormous spike. An 89 percent increase in breast lifts was seen with 99,614 operations in 2015. At the same time, 4,767 gluteal augmentation/lifts showed an increase of 252 percent and 8,431 lower body lifts meant a 3,973 percent increase.
The list of top surgical procedures in 2015 includes liposuction, tummy tucks, breast augmentation, eyelid surgery and rhinoplasty. As for minimally-invasive methods, the most popular was Botox, far ahead of laser hair removal, fillers, microdermabrasion, and chemical peels.
Crediting the quantity of providers, the number of minimally-invasive procedures and lower costs as reasons for the popularity of these treatments, Dr. Song urged potential patients to consult only ASPS members as they are board certified in plastic surgery. Also, as medical procedures, they are safer when performed in a medical facility.
Whether these trends stay popular, in 2016, remains to be seen in the months ahead.