Earlier this year, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), a plastic surgery organization that represents 92% of all board-certified plastic surgeons who are located in the United States, released their plastic surgery procedural statistics from the year 2022. According to the data released by the organization, a total of 26.2-million surgical and minimally invasive cosmetic and reconstructive procedures were performed in America in 2002. In addition, there has been an increase of 19% in the number of cosmetic surgery procedures performed in the United States since 2019.
Which procedures took the top spots in terms of being the most sought-after treatments? The answers are on the way when you keep reading this statistics-filled article.
When it comes to the almost 1.5-million cosmetic surgical procedures that were performed in 2022, the Top Five procedures were as follows:
The Top Five cosmetic minimally invasive procedures, of which there were 23.7-million performed in 2022, included:
(Please note that the third, fourth, and fifth treatments listed above were not tracked in previous years)
When looking at the 2022 data in comparison to 2019, there has been a significant amount of growth in the overall number of procedures. Patients are not putting off having a procedure since many of them are working from home which gives them a more flexible opportunity to recover at home.
The face and the neck were popular areas for treatment as many patients want to make changes in the areas of the body they can easily view in a mirror. In addition, the need to wear masks in a world worried about COVID made the eyes an area of focus with eyelid surgery making the Top Five list for cosmetic surgical procedures. There was also an 8% increase in facelifts among patients.
Weight fluctuations following COVID resulted in a number of surgical and nonsurgical procedures growing in popularity. Some examples include a 77% increase in noninvasive fat reduction procedures and a 23% growth in liposuction as compared to statistics from 2019.
The desire to make changes to the breasts remained a popular choice as breast augmentation finished second to liposuction. In addition, cosmetic breast reduction was up 54% since 2019 and breast lifts saw a 30% increase over 2019. These cosmetic breast surgery statistics show that patients are looking for both enhanced aesthetics and comfort when it comes to the size and shape of the breasts.
According to the President of the ASPS, Gregory Greco, DO, FACS, “This year’s study supports the larger trend of the public’s growing desire to look and feel better in their own skin. As interest in and acceptance of plastic surgery grows, ASPS member surgeons remain committed to upholding rigorous standards of safety and the continued prioritization of patient and provider education.”
Dr. Greco added, “Board-certified plastic surgeons are able to provide a number of options, both surgical and minimally invasive, for patients to feel their best after lifestyle changes that have impacted their weight. ASPS member surgeons can work with patients to create a personalized solution that prioritizes and promotes efficacy.”
There is also a continuing influence of social media on the cosmetic surgery decisions made by patients. Thanks to the ongoing growth of transparency among patients, they continue to be open about sharing their plastic surgery procedures and results on multiple platforms. Because of this level of transparency, there has been an increase in procedures such as lip augmentation with fillers which appeared in the Top Five minimally invasive procedures list for the very first time.
In addition, buccal fat removal had over 4500 procedures performed in 2022. There are not any numbers from 2019 to compare to the 2022 results as the procedure was not tracked in 2019.
Dr. Greco addressed the influence of social media on the cosmetic surgery decisions made by patients across the country. Dr. Greco said, “With the rise of social media, we’ve noticed plastic surgery has become less stigmatized as people share their experiences or interest in certain procedures. Board-certified plastic surgeons are able to help patients determine whether a procedure is right for them and can offer guidance along the way, keeping the patient’s safety and well-being at the forefront.”