According to the most recent results from the Cosmetic Surgery National Data Bank Statistics Survey conducted by the ASAPS, Americans spent more than $15 billion on combined surgical and nonsurgical aesthetic procedures for the first time ever.

The new figures show an 11% increase over the past year alone, per a media release from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

“The numbers have been increasing in our industry year-over-year for a variety of reasons,” states Daniel C. Mills, president of ASAPS, in the release.

“A healthy economy with the lowest unemployment rate since 2008, a desire on the part of baby-boomers and their offspring to remain competitive in a youth-centric workforce, younger generations recognizing the value in preventative anti-aging care, and of course, procedural and technological innovations that provide patients with more personalized options in both the surgical and nonsurgical categories. In other words, there’s something for everyone,” he adds.

ASAPS data reflects emerging trends in relatively new surgical procedures including:

  • Fat transfer to the breast, (up 41.4% since 2015)
  • Fat transfer to the face, (up 16.7% since 2015)
  • Labiaplasty, (up 23.2% since 2015)

“Patients are requesting more refined aesthetic procedures, that aren’t always indicative of past celebrity trends. Some women just want a subtle breast lift, as opposed to an increase in size. Others do want the volume, but choose an understated look by opting for newer procedures such as fat grafting to the breast. However, traditional procedures like breast implantation have not decreased, so I believe what we are seeing is a larger number of patients overall, many of whom are now taking advantage of the newer options available,” explains Mills.

“This is why fat grafting to the face and breast continues to be so popular. Likewise labiaplasty, once a niche procedure, is now becoming mainstream.”

The data also identified the top 5 surgical and nonsurgical procedures for men and women combined for the 2016 calendar year as follows:


  • Liposuction — 414,335
  • Breast Augmentation — 310,444
  • Tummy Tuck — 181,540
  • Eyelid Surgery — 173,883
  • Breast Lift — 161,412

Nonsurgical Procedures (Men and Women Combined)

  • Botulinum Toxin — 4,597,886
  • Hyaluronic Acid — 2,494,814
  • Hair removal — 1,035,783
  • Photorejuvenation (IPL) — 657,172
  • Chemical Peels — 616,225

[Source(s): American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, PR Newswire]