Costhetics is Australia’s leading information source for cosmetic surgery news and procedures, and it’s a role we take very seriously. We travel the world (literally and online) looking for noteworthy news to share with readers like you who are interested in personal aesthetics.

The news we’re sharing today is from America where the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) has released its annual report on plastic surgery statics. It came as no surprise that the number of surgical and non-surgical procedures performed each year has risen steadily for more than a decade.

“Since 2000, overall procedures have risen 115%”

ASPS press release

What did come as a surprise was the list of top procedures. One procedure continues to be highly in-demand, but another once-popular cosmetic surgery has been bumped from the A-list. The statistics also provided an insight into what patients consider the most important when it comes to maintaining a youthful appearance.

Here are some of the golden nuggets we’ve mined for you.

Lifts: Not Just for Faces

In the 20th Century, when someone said they were having “a little work done,” they almost always meant a facelift. In the more body-conscious 21st Century, however, a well-contoured physique is just as important.

To meet the demand, four anti-ageing body lifts have been steadily growing in popularity. In 2015, doctors in the U.S. performed

  • 99,614 breast lifts
  • 17,099 upper arm lifts
  • 8,431 lower body lifts
  • 4,767 buttock lifts

The popularity of body contouring procedures such as these has begun to eclipse facial surgery for looking fresh and young. For the first time in nearly two decades, facelifts were not among the top five most-performed cosmetic surgery procedures.Instead, tummy tucks (abdominoplasty) made the cut, with nearly 128,000 procedures performed in 2014 alone.

Numbers Don’t Lie: Breast Augmentation

Overall, the ASPS report compiled statistics on 1.7 million cosmetic surgical procedures performed in America in 2015. While body lifts are gaining momentum, they are nowhere near as in-demand as these top five cosmetic surgical procedures:

  • Breast augmentation – 279,143
  • Liposuction – 222,051
  • Nose reshaping – 217,979
  • Eyelid surgery – 203,934
  • Tummy Tuck – 127,967

The number of these surgeries is significantly greater than the number of body lifts, but they pale in comparison to the popularity of minimally invasive procedures.

6.7 Million Americans Can’t Be Wrong

American aesthetic enhancement patients were poked, lasered, scrubbed, and peeled more than 14 million times in 2015. They visited medispas in record number for these top 5 minimally invasive procedures:

  • Muscle-relaxing injections – 6.7 million
  • Soft tissue filler – 2.4 million
  • Chemical peel – 1.3 million
  • Laser hair removal – 1.1 million
  • Microdermabrasion – 800,340

“The number of available providers, lower costs and the less-invasive nature of these procedures obviously appeal to a much broader range of patients,” says ASPS President Dr David H. Song. “However, we urge anyone who is considering a minimally-invasive procedure to consult with a board-certified, ASPS-member surgeon.”

Costhetics gives a big thumbs-up to that!

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