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12-07-18 | Posted by

The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS), the largest organization of plastic surgeons in the world, recently released the results of their Global Survey for 2017, and results reveal a number of interesting findings.

While Brazil did give the US a run for its money in some key categories, the US still reigns supreme when it comes to the number of overall cosmetic surgery procedures performed in 2017, according to the latest statistics from the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS).


There were 1,562, 504 cosmetic surgical procedures performed in the US in 2017, (making up 14.5 percent of the worldwide total) and 2,747, 676 nonsurgical aesthetic procedures such as injectables and laser hair removal in 2017 for 21.8 percent of the total. Taken together, there were 4.310.180 surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures in the US in 2017, comprising 18.4 percent of the worldwide total.

According to ISAPS Immediate Past President Salt Lake City UT  plastic surgeon Renato Saltz, “The latest ISAPS global survey 2017 reflects the new trends in world aesthetic surgery. We continue to see a growth in surgical procedures worldwide with breast augmentation and liposuction leading the group. The non-surgical procedures continue to grow, but at an slower pace than previous years. The ISAPS Global
Survey is the only one that reflects Global Trends in Aesthetic Surgery”

Brazil compromised 10.4 percent of total surgical and non-surgical procedures performed in 2017, and Japan took third with 7.2 percent of the total. Next up were Italy and Mexico, the stats show.The top five countries – USA, Brazil, Japan, Mexico and Italy – account for 38.4 percent of the world’s cosmetic procedures, followed by Germany, Colombia and Thailand.

According to Dirk F. Richter, MD, President of ISAPS, Chief Physician of the Department of Plastic Surgery at the Trinity Hospital in Wesseling, Germany “Year-by-year it is very interesting to see the individual developments in aesthetic surgery on different continents. It shows how financial and cultural aspects have influence on the variety of procedures worldwide. Last year we saw a decrease of injectables and BOTOX, and an increase in aesthetic surgery, which is always a sign that people have more money to spend from a global perspective. The Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) has grown in numbers, and not only in South America. This development is obviously related to celebrities and is not seen uncritical from the perspective of a global society as many deaths were identified due to using the wrong techniques.”

On the topic of ALCL (anaplastic large cell lymphoma), a rare type of lymphoma that can develop around certain types of breast implants. Dr. Richter had this to say, “I am also sure that the current discussion about the so-called “breast implant illness” will have an impact on next year’s numbers for cosmetic breast surgery. We need to inform the public that such a diagnosis barely exists in the scientific literature.”

The Big Picture

There was a 4 percent increase in surgical cosmetic procedures around the world within the past twelve months, while non-surgical cosmetic procedures decreased by 5 percent, compared with the 2016 numbers.

Vaginal rejuvenation (including labiaplasty) showed the largest increase from 2016, followed by the lower body lift, the buttock lift and rhinoplasty or nose-reshaping surgery, the statistics show. Facial bone contouring decreased by 11 percent in 2017, making it the biggest loser of the year. The most popular non-surgical procedures continue to be injectables with Botulinum Toxin ranking No. 1.

In both the US and Brazil, the top procedures are breast augmentation, liposuction and eyelid rejuvenation surgery, while in Japan, eyelid surgery, rhinoplasty and facelift surgery top this list.

About the survey

The survey was sent to approximately 35,000 plastic surgeons in ISAPS’ database. The results were compiled, tabulated and analyzed by Industry Insights, an independent research firm based in Columbus, Ohio. Data from a total of 1,329 plastic surgeons were compiled for this survey.

For more information on the recent stats or to locate an ISAPS member surgeon, visit ISAPS.ORG.


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