The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) just published 2018 statistics, revealing that Americans spent more than $16.5 billion on cosmetic plastic surgery and minimally invasive procedures, a four percent increase from 2017 and displays the most popular plastic surgery. Almost 18 million people underwent surgical and minimally invasive cosmetic procedures in the U.S. last year. This is almost a quarter of a million more procedures than in 2017.
Cosmetic surgical procedures, which focus on body enhancement, have been on a steady rise in the U.S. over the past 5 years. This differs from plastic surgery that reconstructs body parts that sustained damage due to disease, burns, or trauma. The ASPS reported that last year’s top five procedures were: 1) Breast augmentation (313,735 procedures, up 4%, and the number one procedure for several years); 2) Liposuction (258,558, up 5%); 3) Nose reshaping (213,780); 4) Eyelid surgery (206,529) and 5) Tummy tuck (130,081).
Minimally invasive cosmetic procedures also increased. The three most popular procedures were Botulinum toxin type A (Botox and others) – up 3%, soft tissue fillers – up 2%, and chemical peels – up 1%.
The ASPS also released recent study findings showing women are generally more attracted to cosmetic surgery, although the number of men considering it was significant, and increasing. Women were more likely to undergo cosmetic surgery if they personally rated their self-esteem, attractiveness, and life satisfaction as low, and/or if their media exposure (including selfies and social media usage) was higher.
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