The Numbers Are Out: Here Are the Most Popular Plastic Surgeries in 2016
- 02 May 2017
- Dr. Nidal (Nick) Masri
Thanks to rising beauty standards and the entry of social media into our lives, plastic surgery is an industry that won’t be dying anytime soon.
According to the annual Plastic Surgery Statistics released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 2016 saw a three percent growth in cosmetic procedures compared to 2015, with a whopping total of 17.1 million plastic surgeries.
The Rising Stars of Plastic Surgery
Though not in the top five most popular cosmetic procedures, surgeries that involve fat grafting – the use of one’s own fat to fill and sculpt certain areas of the body – were the hottest in 2016. Minimally invasive fat injections increased by 13%, while buttocks augmentation and breast augmentation using fat grafting rose 26% and 72%, respectively.
In fat grafting, plastic surgeons harvest unwanted fat from the abdomen via liposuction and then inject it to rejuvenate other areas of the body like the face, buttocks, and breasts. These fat injections last longer than fillers.
Another procedure that has gained a lot of traction in 2016 was labiaplasty, which rejuvenates the labia by injecting either fat or filler in the area. The people who underwent this procedure increased by 39% from 2015, equivalent to around 12,000 procedures.
Top 5 Surgical Cosmetic Procedures
In 2016, a total of 1,780,987 surgical cosmetic procedures were done in the USA – a 4% increase from 2015. The following are the most in-demand invasive plastic surgeries last year.
#1: Breast Augmentation
Breast augmentation remains to be the number one invasive procedure in 2016, with a total of 290,467 completed procedures – a rise of 4% from 2015.
Around 84% of all breast augmentations used silicone implants, while only 16% used saline implants.
What makes breast augmentation popular is its affordability. The procedure’s price can range from $5,000 to $15,000 in the USA and even becomes cheaper outside the country. Implant technology also continues to improve every year, making breast augmentations safer as time goes by.
Liposuction comes in second on the list, with a total of 235,237 procedures last year. That’s an increase of 6% from 2015.
Despite the rise of minimally invasive liposuction alternatives, liposuction always makes it as one of the top plastic surgery procedures each year, due to its adaptability and long-lasting results. Liposuction can address fat in almost any part of the body, plus it permanently removes fat cells from the treated area. Continuous technological advancements in liposuction also make it a safe and reliable procedure.
Third on the list is nose reshaping or rhinoplasty, which were done 223,018 times last 2016 – a 2% increase from the previous year.
Rhinoplasty is not just a cosmetic procedure but a medical one as well, providing valuable health benefits to some patients who suffer from injury, deformity, or trauma. It can help alleviate breathing trouble, widen airways, and even correct breathing obstructions.
Eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty comes in fourth, with 209,020 procedures in 2016. That’s also a 2% increase from 2015.
Lower blepharoplasty can get rid of puffy eye bags and wrinkles, while upper blepharoplasty can lift droopy eyelids that may impair vision.
In South Korea, double eyelid surgery is considered to be the most popular procedure, as it creates a crease in their upper eyelids – something that most Koreans lack.
Facelift makes a comeback on 2016’s list as the fifth most popular surgical cosmetic procedure, up 4% from 2015 with 131,106 procedures. It dropped from the top five list in 2015.
The newfound popularity of facelifts can be credited to the ubiquity of apps and filters that change people’s facial appearances. Though there are other less invasive options, facelifts give more dramatic and longer-lasting results.
Other sought after plastic surgery procedures last year include tummy tucks, breast lifts, dermabrasions, neck lifts, and breast reductions.
Top 5 Non-Surgical Cosmetic Procedures
The USA also experienced a 3% rise in minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures – from 14,969,785 in 2015 to 15,411,829 in 2016. Though growing at a slightly lower rate than surgical cosmetic procedures, these non-surgical cosmetic alternatives continue to gain in popularity due to their minimal downtime, ease of administration, and cost-effectiveness.
Botox remains to be the top non-invasive cosmetic procedure of 2016, with 7,056,255 procedures done within the year. That’s a 4% increase from 2015’s 6,757,198 procedures.
Despite fears of developing a poker face, men and women still patronize Botox injections because of their quick results, which are visible in just a few days. There’s no anesthetic required, and it has virtually no downtime. It also helps that the cost has leveled with more and more people wanting to get Botox injections.
#2: Soft Tissue Fillers
Second on the list are soft tissue fillers, with 2,600,868 procedures in 2016 – a 2% increase from 2015. Those who don’t want to get Botox injections flock to soft tissue fillers instead.
Also known as injectable implants and dermal fillers, soft tissue fillers are medical device implants that help create a smoother and fuller appearance in the face. These usually plump up the nasolabial folds, cheeks, lips, and even the back of the hands to give a more youthful appearance.
Some examples of dermal fillers include collagen, hyaluronic acid, calcium hydroxylapatite, PLLA, and PMMA microspheres.
#3: Chemical Peels
Chemical peels recorded a 4% increase from 2015 with 1,360,850 procedures done in 2016.
Chemical peels improve the appearance of the skin on the face, neck, and hands by applying a chemical solution to the skin, thereby causing it to exfoliate and peel off. The new skin turns out smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin, although it is more sensitive to the sun at first.
#4: Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal was done 1,109,385 times in 2016, down by just 1% from its 2015 figures.
This procedure removes unwanted hair from various parts of the body like the face, legs, arms, underarms, and bikini line. It makes use of highly concentrated light beams targeted into the hair follicles. The pigment in the follicles absorbs the light, which, in turn, destroys the hair.
Making it to the top five non-surgical cosmetic procedures of 2016 is microdermabrasion with 775,000 total procedures. That’s a decrease of 3% from 2015’s figures.
In microdermabrasion, a minimally abrasive instrument is used to gently sand the skin, thus removing its thicker and uneven upper layer. It can treat light scarring, discoloration, sun damage, and even stretch marks. It can also thicken the skin’s collagen, resulting in a younger-looking complexion.
Other in demand non-invasive cosmetic procedures last year include Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatment, laser skin resurfacing, non-ablatives, non-invasive fat reduction, and sclerotherapy.
But experts advise that even though these minimally invasive procedures are not surgeries, patients should still take them seriously. Only get the procedure from a board-certified plastic surgeon to ensure that it’s performed to the highest medical standards.
Top 5 Reconstructive Procedures
Reconstructive surgery is a type of plastic surgery that is performed to treat and correct parts of the body affected by congenital defects, developmental abnormalities, trauma, infection, tumors, or disease, either functionally or aesthetically.
Statistically speaking, there was no significant change in the number of reconstructive procedures from 2015 to 2016, as it slightly increased from 5,814,998 to 5,821,007.
#1: Tumor Removal
Tumor removal surgeries led the list, with 4,473,238 procedures in 2016 compared to 4,472,153 surgeries in 2015.
Also known as cancer surgery, tumor removal surgery involves the removal of the tumor and the surrounding tissue during an operation. For malignant tumors, this surgery is often paired with chemotherapy and radiation therapy to beat cancer successfully.
#2: Laceration Repair
Laceration repair went down slightly from 253,441 procedures in 2015 to 253,361 procedures in 2016. These figures do not include facial laceration repair.
In this procedure, plastic surgeons make use of sutures, tissue adhesives, staples, and skin closure tapes to close the wound satisfactorily to prevent infection and excessive scarring.
#3: Maxillofacial Surgery
Maxillofacial surgeries increased by 1% from 2015 to 2016, with 200,550 procedures in 2015 and 202,688 procedures in 2016.
Surgeons specializing in oral and maxillofacial surgeries treat many diseases, injuries, and defects in the head, neck, jaws, and the oral and maxillofacial regions.
#4: Scar Revision
Scar revision surgeries also saw a 1% increase last year, from 179,066 procedures in 2015 to 181,190 procedures in 2016.
Scar revision helps improve or minimize the appearance of scars – many of which were caused by various plastic surgeries. It makes scars look more consistent with the surrounding skin tone and texture. It also restores function and corrects skin changes caused by injury, wound, or previous surgery.
#5: Hand Surgery
Rounding up the top five reconstructive surgeries of 2016 is hand surgery, which rose from 130,280 procedures in 2015 to 135,250 procedures in 2016. That’s a 4% increase.
Hand surgery is a field of reconstructive surgery that deals with problems of the hand, wrist, and forearm. It can also include problems of the shoulders and elbows.
Other sought-after reconstructive surgeries last year include breast reconstruction, breast reduction, congenital disability surgeries, dog bite repair, and head and neck reconstruction.
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