Latest ASPS Statistics reveal Growing Demand for Cosmetic Procedures

Cosmetic ProceduresPlastic surgeons in New York City report an influx of patients seeking cosmetic procedures. Official statistics now confirm this. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) has released its annual report on cosmetic procedures performed in the U.S. in 2015. The data reveals the changing trends in the cosmetic surgery world and the shift in the types of procedures that men and women have chosen since the start of the new millennium. According to the report, a total of 15.9 million surgical and minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures were performed in the country last year. The report indicates that the number of procedures performed increased by 2 percent over 2014.

Here is a summary report on the trends based on the ASPS press release:

  • Overall demand for procedures has risen by 115 percent since the year 2000 and the type of procedures that patients are opting for has changed.
  • All types of lifts – breast lifts, buttock lifts, lower body lifts and upper arm lifts – show a significant increase throughout these years.
  • While there was substantial growth in popularity of upper arm lifts and lower body lifts last year, facelift surgery lost its position in the top 5 spot.
  • A total of 1.7 million cosmetic surgical procedures were performed in 2015. The top five procedures were breast augmentation, liposuction, nose reshaping, eyelid surgery, and tummy tuck.
  • About 14.2 million cosmetic minimally-invasive procedures were performed last year and the top 5 were Botulinum Toxin Type A, soft tissue fillers, chemical peel, laser hair removal and microdermabrasion.
  • Procedures that focus on derriere enhancement showed considerable improvement last year, and the top procedures were buttock augmentation with fat grafting (up 28 percent from 2014), buttock lift (up 36 percent from 2014) and buttock implants (up 36 percent from 2014).
  • Of the 68,106 breast reduction surgeries performed in 2015, more than 40 percent were performed on men, which is the highest proportion recorded so far.
Procedures Number of Procedures Performed in 2015 Increase from 2014 Increase from 2000
Breast augmentation 279,143 – 2 31
Liposuction 222,051 5% -37
Nose reshaping 217,979 0 -44
Eyelid surgery 203,934 – 1 -38
Tummy tuck 127,967 9 104
Botulinum Toxin Type A 6.7 million 1 759
Soft tissue fillers 2.4 million 6 274
Chemical Peel 1.3 million 5 14
Laser hair removal 1.1 million 0 52
Microdermabrasion 800,340 – 9 8

Commenting on these trends, ASPS President David H. Song said, “While more traditional facial procedures and breast augmentations are still among the most popular, we’re seeing much more diversity in the areas of the body patients are choosing to address. Patients have more options than ever, and working closely with their surgeon, they’re able to focus on specific target areas of the body to achieve the look they desire.”

Dr. Song also noted that the rising popularity of minimally invasive procedures among a broader range of patients could be due to the number of available providers, lower costs and the less-invasive nature of these procedures.