Recent Trends in Plastic Surgery We Saw Last Year

Every spring, plastic surgery organizations like The Aesthetic Society release their annual reports. These reports use statistical analysis to document the last year in plastic surgery in the US. I personally take great interest in this information, as it can paint a more clear picture of recent plastic surgery trends as well as how my personal experience as a plastic surgeon mirrors the industry at large. To verify the accuracy of their report, the Aesthetic Society works with an independent research firm to compile all statistics that are used in the report. Below are a few specific figures and notes from the new report that I personally found most interesting.

  • Last year Americans spent over $9 billion on cosmetic procedures (including nonsurgical cosmetic treatments like Botox and Dysport®). Surprisingly, this increased by almost a full $1 billion compared to 2019, despite practice shutdowns due to COVID-19.
  • Liposuction overtook breast augmentation as the most commonly performed cosmetic surgery procedure in 2020. 296,601 liposuction procedures were performed in the US last year. Liposuction was the most in-demand cosmetic procedure for both men and women.
  • The rest of the top-5 most common plastic surgery procedures respectively were: breast augmentation, tummy tuck, breast revision surgery, and breast lift surgery.
  • Body contouring procedures that increased in popularity compared to 2019 include tummy tucks, liposuction, and breast revision surgery.
  • 40% of all cosmetic surgery procedures were performed on patients between the ages of 36-50. The most common cosmetic procedure among people in this age group was liposuction.
  • Other than rhinoplasty surgery, all 5 of the most common plastic surgeries for men decreased in numbers when compared to the previous year. However, non-surgical cosmetic treatments among male patients did increase.

I hope everyone else found these statistics as informative and interesting as I did. The world of plastic surgery is evolving all the time, and it’s imperative for a board-certified plastic surgeon like myself to have his finger on the pulse of the industry in order to deliver the care and results that my patients count on. For more information or to schedule a complimentary plastic surgery consultation, please contact me, Dr. David Whiteman, at Southern Plastic Surgery. And follow along with us on Facebook Instagram for additional tips, news, and much more.