According to new data released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 17.1 million surgical and minimally invasive cosmetic procedures were performed in the United States in 2016—a 3% increase over the previous year.

The data also indicates new cosmetic procedural trends related to the role of fat in body shaping.

“One trend we are seeing with fat involves an increase in fat grafting procedures. Plastic surgeons harvest a patient’s unwanted fat from their abdomen using liposuction and then inject it to lift and rejuvenate other areas such as the face, buttock and even the breast,” says ASPS President Debra Johnson, MD, in a media release. “Because the material injected is the patient’s own fat, the results typically last longer than fillers.”

According to the report, minimally invasive cosmetic fat injections increased 13%, buttock augmentation using fat grafting increased 26%, and breast augmentation using fat grafting increased 72%.

The report also indicates that newer, non-invasive fat reduction and skin tightening procedures are gaining popularity among patients:

  • Injection-based procedures that target fat pockets in specific areas, such as under the chin, increased 18%
  • Non-invasive fat reduction procedures that use special technology to “freeze” fat without surgery increased 5%
  • Non-invasive skin tightening procedures that target fat and tighten sagging areas increased 5%

“These newer, non-invasive procedures appeal to a broad range of patients,” Johnson adds. “Even though they aren’t surgeries, patients still need to take these procedures seriously. Before undergoing any procedure, consult with a board-certified, ASPS-member surgeon who will ensure that it’s performed to the highest medical standards.”

Facelifts have made a return to the top five procedures performed in 2016, the release notes.

“Patients are captivated by instant improvements to the face. It’s evident in the popularity of apps and filters that change how we can shape and shade our faces,” Johnson shares. “While there are more options than ever to rejuvenate the face, a facelift done by a board-certified plastic surgeon can give a dramatic, longer-lasting result, which is why I am not surprised to see facelifts back in the top five most popular cosmetic surgical procedures.”

Overall, the number of cosmetic surgical procedures performed in 2016 increased by 4%, compared to minimally invasive cosmetic procedures, which grew by 3%, the release states.

Of the nearly 1.8 million cosmetic surgical procedures performed in 2016, the top 5 were:

1) Breast augmentation (290,467 procedures, up 4% from 2015)
2) Liposuction (235,237 procedures, up 6% from 2015)
3) Nose reshaping (223,018 procedures, up 2% from 2015)
4) Eyelid surgery (209,020 procedures, up 2% from 2015)
5) Facelifts (131,106 procedures, up 4% from 2015)

Among the 15.5 million cosmetic minimally invasive procedures performed in 2016, the top 5 were:

1) Botulinum Toxin Type A (7 million procedures, up 4% from 2015)
2) Soft tissue fillers (2.6 million procedures, up 2% from 2015)
3) Chemical peel (1.36 million procedures, up 4% since 2015)
4) Laser hair removal (1.1 million procedures, down 1% from 2015)
5) Microdermabrasion (775,000 procedures, down 3% from 2015)

For the first time, ASPS stats include data on labiaplasty, which the organization began tracking in 2015. The plastic surgery which rejuvenates the labia by lifting and/or injecting fat or filler into the area, increased by 39% in 2016, with more than 12,000 procedures, according to the release.

“As cosmetic procedures become more common we are seeing more diversity in the areas of the body that patients are choosing to address,” Johnson explains in the release. “A decade ago plastic surgeons might have seen a patient every seven to ten years when they needed a major procedure like a facelift or tummy tuck. Now patients have ongoing relationships with their plastic surgeons and feel more comfortable discussing all areas of their body that they may be interested in rejuvenating.”

[Source(s): American Society of Plastic Surgeons, EurekAlert]