As part of her mission to serve patients from communities in and around Philadelphia, plastic surgeon Dr. Laura Gowen has sought ongoing professional affiliations that allow her to go above and beyond in terms of medical training and oversight. To that end, she was voluntarily certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and became a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)—a specialty organization that aims to advance quality care for patients by holding doctors to high standards of practice, research, care, and ethics.
Each year, the ASPS compiles data from member surgeons like breast fellowship-trained Dr. Gowen, combining it with information from medical databases to create an overview of cosmetic trends in the United States. The numbers are released annually in the spring, with the most recent figures—exploring the trends of 2017—published in March of 2018.
The results detail the ups and downs of the most commonly performed aesthetic procedures, noting which are shifting in terms of popularity. The totals represent the numbers of specific procedures performed, as reported by member surgeons and extrapolated from other data.
Overall, the 2017 report tallied up almost 1.7 million cosmetic surgical procedures, with breast augmentation taking the top spot. At 300,378 augmentations performed, this procedure enjoyed a three percent increase over 2016. That’s a 41 percent increase over the year 2000, when the numbers sat at 212,500. Breast augmentation has remained in the top spot for years.
Next on the 2017 list was liposuction, with 246,354 procedures performed—up five percent over 2016. The surgical fat removal technique can be applied virtually anywhere on the body, from large areas like the belly and flanks, to focused pockets of fat, such as those that make up a double chin.
Third for 2017 was rhinoplasty, with 218,924 nasal surgery procedures performed. That represents a two percent decrease from 2016’s numbers.
Coming in fourth was eyelid surgery, technically known as blepharoplasty. A versatile procedure, it can be applied to the upper or lower lid on either or both eyes. With 209,571 reported eyelid surgeries performed in 2017, its numbers stayed virtually the same when compared to 2016.
Rounding out the top five most popular cosmetic surgical procedures was tummy tuck—the term for a customizable combination of procedures designed to excise excess skin on the abdomen, as well as tighten lax muscles and remove stubborn fat as necessary. The 129,753 reported abdominoplasty procedures marked a two percent increase over 2016, bringing this surgery into the top five for this year and displacing facelift. The ASPS called this a “comeback story for tummy tucks.”
Also of note for the 2017 statistics was a spike in breast reduction surgeries, which saw an 11 percent gain over 2016, when they had fallen four percent from their 2015 numbers.
In all, cosmetic surgical procedures performed in 2017 totaled 1,790,832—an increase of almost 10,000 from 2016.
The ASPS survey also includes information on nonsurgical cosmetic procedures, considered to be minimally invasive. Those figures included botulinum toxin Type A injections (such as BOTOX®) at 7.23 million treatments performed, soft tissue fillers (such as Juvederm®) at 2.69 million treatments performed, chemical peels at 1.37 million treatments performed, laser hair removal at 1.1 million treatments performed, and microdermabrasion at 740,287 treatments performed.
The total number of minimally invasive procedures grew from 15,411,829 in 2016 to 15,714,118 in 2017. In all, that makes 17,192,816 total cosmetic procedures in 2016, compared to 17,504,950 in 2017—an increase of two percent. That’s a 137-percent gain in all cosmetic procedures performed when compared to numbers from the year 2000.
While there is much to unpack in these varied statistics, one fact is clear: Cosmetic procedures, both surgical and nonsurgical, are on the rise.
Find out more about any of the procedures and treatments mentioned here by contacting Dr. Laura Gowen and the rest of the team at the Cirillo Institute, serving Bryn Mawr, Newtown Square, and the Philadelphia area. Call 610.525.0500 for plastic surgery and 610.525.5029 for cosmetic dermatology, or visit cirilloinstitute.com.