How Many People Had Plastic Surgery in 2016?

Posted March 27, 2017 by Lauren Wheatley

Like nearly everything in the world of beauty, plastic surgery trends come and go. Every year we get a sneak peek into what was “hot” and what was not in the world of cosmetic medicine by seeing what procedures topped the charts nationwide. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) recently published their 2016 data, and there were a few surprises this year.

Drum roll, please!

And the winner is…

Some procedures are always in style, just like your favorite little black dress. Year after year, liposuction, breast augmentation, and rhinoplasty continue to maintain their popularity, while other procedures fluctuate.

During 2016, the top five cosmetic surgery procedures performed by ASPS surgeons were:

In the non-surgical world, tried & true solutions are as popular as ever

There’s no question: minimally invasive and non-surgical treatments are a patient favorite for their often smaller price tags, lack of downtime, and quick results. But even as new technologies become available, there are a few clear favorites.

Did you know that BOTOX® and similar neurotoxin injectables (such as Dysport®) account for an overwhelmingly large percentage of non-surgical procedures every year? Injectables are so popular they also took second place with soft tissue fillers, such as Juvéderm®, Restylane®, and VOLUMA.

The 2016 top five non-surgical procedures:

  • Botulinum Type A Injectables (BOTOX, Dysport, etc): 7 million procedures, up 4%
  • Soft Tissue Fillers: 2.4 million procedures, up 6% from 2014 and 274% since 2000
  • Chemical Peels: 1.36 million procedures, up 4%
  • Laser Hair Removal: 1.1 million procedures, down 1%
  • Microdermabrasion: 775,000 procedures, down 3%

Some surprising trending plastic surgery procedures (plus a few comebacks)

While certain procedures stayed consistent, there were a few surprises. Labiaplasty and vaginal plastic surgery, for instance, saw a whopping gain of 39% in the last year alone!

Facelift surgery made a comeback after a slight decline over recent years, for good reason. Despite the growing number of non-surgical anti-aging options available, facelift surgery remains the most effective solution for patients seeking more significant and lasting improvements.

Trendsetting at the Parker Center

It’s fun to see the changes taking place within the industry and, in turn, comparing national trends to what we’re seeing at our own practice. While we often see a correlation with the statistics provided by the American Society of Plastic Surgery, we also have noticed a few differences as well. For instance, new technological innovations—like HALO laser skin resurfacing, CoolSculpting non-surgical fat reduction, and Cellfina cellulite reduction—continue to gain exposure and high patient satisfaction ratings.

If you want to join the hundreds of thousands of patients in the US who feel more confident thanks to cosmetic medicine, we encourage you to contact us today. We would love to answer any questions you have or help you navigate your options during a consultation.

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