2018 ASPS Plastic Surgery Statistics

By The Landings Surgical Centre on April 25, 2019


Woman with a slim midsectionThe American Society of Plastic Surgeons, or ASPS, is the largest plastic surgery organization in the world. Together, its members represent 93 percent of board-certified plastic surgeons in the United States, and more than 8,000 plastic surgeons worldwide.

Each year, the ASPS gathers and releases information from its members to provide an accurate overview of the field of cosmetic treatment. The 2018 data has recently been released and shows a surge in popularity among body contouring treatments that enhance the figure.

Here, the surgeons at The Landings Surgical Center breakdown the 2018 ASPS plastic surgery statistics to show our Halifax, NS patients the types of treatments that were trending within the past year.

Growth in Plastic Surgery

For the past five years, there has been continual growth among both surgical and minimally invasive cosmetic procedures. This year, we saw another increase in the number of cosmetic procedures performed. Overall, there were around 17.7 million surgical and minimally invasive cosmetic procedures performed during 2018, which was nearly a quarter-million more than those performed in 2017.

Cosmetic surgery procedures saw a 1 percent increase in the past year. In 2018 there were 1,811,740 cosmetic surgery procedures performed, as compared to 1,790,832 the previous year.

Top Five Plastic Surgery Procedures

Year after year, the five most popular cosmetic surgery procedures seem to remain largely unchanged. This year was no exception. As with 2017, the top five cosmetic surgery procedures in 2018 were:

  • Breast augmentation
  • Liposuction
  • Nose reshaping
  • Eyelid surgery
  • Tummy tuck

Combined, these five procedures accounted for over 1.1 million cosmetic surgeries, or more than 60 percent of the total cosmetic surgery procedures performed for the year. At our Halifax practice, we have also seen the popularity of these procedures among our patients.

A Surge in Body Contouring

Statistics gathered by the ASPS for 2018 show a surge in body contouring treatments. As with the previous year, three of the top five cosmetic surgery procedures were body contouring treatments. However, what is even more notable is that all three of the body contouring treatments represented in the top five showed growth over 2017, whereas nose reshaping and eyelid surgery were both down slightly.

The biggest growth among these three was liposuction, which was up 5 percent this year. In 2018, there were 258,558 liposuction procedures performed, as compared to 246,354 in 2017. Breast augmentation rose from 300,378 in 2017 to 313,735 in 2018, which was a 4 percent increase. As for tummy tuck, there were a few hundred more tummy tuck procedures performed in 2018 than there were in 2017.

Even outside of the top five surgical procedures, it is obvious that body contouring is on the rise. Two procedures that showed significant growth within 2018 were buttock augmentation with fat grafting and thigh lift. While the number of thigh lift procedures increased by 5 percent in 2018, buttocks augmentation with fat grafting showed even more growth. This surgery went from just over 20,000 procedures in 2017 to around 24,000 procedures in 2018, which was a 19 percent increase, the largest of any other cosmetic surgery procedure.

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If you are among the growing population of people who would like to enhance your figure by improving your body contours, contact us at your earliest convenience to learn more about the body contouring procedures offered at The Landings Surgical Centre in Halifax. You can also set up a personal consultation with one of our experienced plastic surgeons by calling (902) 492-2007.

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