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A Guide to the Most Popular Plastic Surgeries

A Guide to the Most Popular Plastic Surgeries

There were over 17 million surgical and minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures in the United States in 2016, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery’s 2016 National Data Bank Statistics further reported that Americans spent more than $15 billion on cosmetic procedures that year. According to an International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery report, in 2016, the United States performed more plastic surgeries than any other country. These reports provide the most recent statistics on the increasing popularity of certain plastic surgeries.

The ASPS report revealed a three percent overall growth in cosmetic procedures in 2016, and further highlighted the top surgical procedures, which included breast augmentation, liposuction, rhinoplasty and facelifts. With a 180 percent increase in non-invasive or minimally-invasive procedures since 2000, the report also named the most popular of those surgeries. They included Botox, soft tissue fillers, chemical peels and laser hair removal.

Here’s a guide to the reported data on the most popular procedures:

breast augmentation surgeryBreast augmentation was the top cosmetic surgical procedure in 2016.

Breast augmentation

Type: Invasive, surgical

Purpose: Enlarge or alter the size and shape of breasts

Breast augmentation increases the fullness of breasts, balances, contours and typically enhances confidence in appearance. It is traditionally done with breast implants, but women are frequently opting for the fat grafting method for more natural results. The ASPS reported a 72 percent increase in fat transfer breast augmentation.


Type: Invasive, surgical

Purpose: Remove excess body fat

The ISAPS estimated that of the 1,453,340 worldwide liposuction surgeries in 2016, a little over 250,000 of them were in the United States. The second highest concentration of liposuction, with 209,165 surgeries, was in Brazil. Its slimming and reshaping results are more consistent and predictable than non-invasive procedures, which might be a reason for its continued popularity. Lipo methods are also used in other augmentation and reduction surgeries.


Type: Invasive, surgical

Purpose: Alters shape of nose

Patients who desire facial balance, altered nostril and tip aesthetics or structural defect correction will opt for nasal surgery. The popularity of these is not only for cosmetic purposes, but also medical. Surgeons should be mindful of the careful consideration necessary before correcting a deviated septum or impaired nasal structure.


Type: Invasive, surgical

Purpose: Enhance appearance of skin on face and neck

Facelift surgeries continue to be popular in the U.S., with a reported four percent increase from 2015. Patients favor rhytidectomy for its impressive results. As this type of cosmetic rejuvenation can only be done surgically, surgeons should let patients know that non-surgical treatments can delay the need or complement the results of a facelift, but cannot entirely replace it.

botoxBotox was the most popular minimally-invasive procedure in 2016.


Type: Minimally invasive, injection

Purpose: Reduces facial fine lines and wrinkles

Botox remains the most popular nonsurgical operation, with over 7 million procedures completed in 2016. Patients most commonly want to treat frown lines, forehead creases and crow’s feet around the eyes. Other reasons for its popularity include fast treatment, minimal recovery time and cost-effectiveness when compared to surgery.

Dermal fillers

Type: Minimally invasive, injection

Purpose: Increase youthful facial appearance

For more natural, youthful results, patients are straying from procedures that remove extra skin. Instead, they are more inclined to opt for fillers that plump the skin. While these fillers are approved by the Food and Drug Administration, health care providers should make sure only surgeons with the appropriate training and experience are providing the service and analyzing all materials for authenticity.

Chemical peel

Type: Very minimally invasive

Purpose: Exfoliate and smooth texture of skin

This chemical solution is considered one of the least invasive facial procedures, which could explain its rise in popularity. While it’s one of the safest and most effective ways to improve the skin’s appearance, its results are dependent on the type of chemical and technique used. Board-certified health care providers should provide patients with specific instructions for postoperative cleansing, moisturizing, makeup use and sun exposure for optimal results.

Laser hair removal

Type: Noninvasive

Purpose: Prevent future hair growth

While the ASPS reported a slight loss in popularity from 2015, laser hair removal remains in the top five minimally-invasive procedures. According to the ASAPS report, hair removal is most popular among men and women aged 35 to 50, making up 40 percent of the total procedures in 2016.

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