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04-02-18 | Posted by

Each year, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) compiles statistics about surgical and non-surgical procedures, including the which are performed most as well as the ages, genders and even locations of those who are getting them. Unlike stats from years past, which included doctors from a wider range of aesthetic specialties, the new 2017 report was compiled with feedback exclusively from board-certified plastic surgeons.

The top-performed procedures are pretty consistent from year to year, and 2017 was no exception. But, it should be noted five procedures showed a range of 20% to 26% increase.

“Contrary to popular belief, the facelift is by no means dead,” said W. Grant Stevens, MD, President-elect of ASAPS. “In fact, the new data indicates that the number of facelifts performed in the United States increased by 21.9% in the past year alone and by 21.8% over the past five years. “With advances including less invasive techniques resulting in less post-operative downtime, an increasing number of patients are going under the knife as surgery still promises the longest term, if not permanent results,” he said.

Top 5 surgical procedures
1. Breast augmentation
2. Liposuction
3. Breast lift
4. Tummy tuck
5. Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery)

In addition, these surgical procedures saw the largest increases:
1. Blepharoplasty (+26.3%)
2. Buttocks augmentation (+25.5%)
3. Fat transfer to the face (+22.3%)
4. Facelifts (+21.9%)
5. Necklifts and upper arm lifts (both +20.1%)

We have also come to expect an increase among almost all non-surgical treatments because these remain as what the majority people are clamoring for.

Top 5 non-surgical procedures
1. Botulinum toxins (Botox Cosmetic, Dysport, Xeomin)
2. Hyaluronic acid fillers (Juvederm, Restylane, Belotero, etc)
3. Laser hair removal
4. Non-invasive fat reduction (CoolSculpting, Sculpsure, TruSculpt3D, etc.)
5. Chemical peels

These non-surgical treatments experienced the largest growth in 2017:
1. Micro-ablative (fractional) laser skin resurfacing (+99.5%)
2. Full-field ablative (deep) laser skin resurfacing (+29.2%)
3. Non-surgical fat reduction (+24.7%)
4. Chemical peels (+15.9%)
5. Skin-tightening treatments (+15.1%)

In addition to revealing the most popular procedures of 2017, there were a few interesting, if not surprising, stats to point out:

  • Actual surgery comprised 77% of responding plastic surgeons’ business. This is noteworthy because the rise of non-invasive treatments and procedures have had many doctors debating whether or not surgery will remain as relevant in aesthetics. This statistic proves that surgery is still going strong.
  • On a related note, facelifts increased by 22 percent in 2017, perhaps because less invasive techniques have reduced downtime—and surgical results are more significant and longer-lasting than those achieved with injectables and other non-surgical options.
  • Of those women who decided to have their breast implants removed, 18.3 percent did so without having any additional procedures. (67 percent replaced their implants, 12 percent underwent a breast lift and 2.3 percent opted for fat transfer in lieu of implants.)
  • Although vaginal rejuvenation seems to be having a moment (labiaplasty increased by 217% over the past five years), the procedure was down 10.7 percent in 2017.
  • We spent a whopping $8.5 billion on surgical and non-surgical cosmetic enhancement last year. $6.6 billion on surgery, and $1.2 billion on injectables alone.

The ASAPS statistics also reported that the ages of patients who underwent the various procedures, and those aged 35 to 50, comprised 38.6 percent of all procedures performed. And in case you’re curious, these are the most popular treatments by age group:

  • Under 18: Ear surgery
  • 19-34: Breast augmentation
  • 35-50: Liposuction
  • 51-64: Liposuction
  • 65+: Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery)

So, what about the guys?

Men comprised a puny 7.7 percent of surgical patients in 2017, and the five most popular surgical procedures they underwent are:
1. Liposuction
2. Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery)
3. Breast reduction/gynecomastia treatment
4. Tummy tuck
5. Facelift

Men represented 9.2 percent of non-surgical patients in 2017, and the top 5 are:
1. Botulinum toxins (Botox, Dysport, Xeomin)
2. Hyaluronic acid fillers (Juvederm, Restylane, Belotero, etc)
3. Non-surgical fat reduction (Coolsculpting, Sculpsure, TruSculpt3D, etc)
4. Laser hair removal
5. Photorejuvenation (IPL)

A few more male-related stats revealed that ‘Brotox’ is hovering at only 10%, despite all the hype about men going under the needle. Yet, men accounted for 39% of tattoo removals..

Check out the full report at surgery.org

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