2018 ASPS Plastic Surgery Statistics

By Dr. Suzanne Yee on April 13, 2019


Female midsection shows toned physiqueThe American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) is a plastic surgery specialty organization that represents 93 percent of all board-certified plastic surgeons in the United States, along with more than 8,000 plastic surgeons worldwide. Each year, the ASPS compiles plastic surgery statistics, and the 2018 numbers just came in; last year, there were more than 1.8 million plastic surgery procedures performed by the ASPS members.

To help patients stay informed about plastic surgery statistics and trends, we have this overview based on data from the ASPS. To learn more, contact Dr. Suzanne Yee’s Little Rock, AR practice today. We can help you decide if facial plastic surgery, cosmetic breast surgery, or body contouring surgery is right for you.

Total Cosmetic Procedures

There was a total of 17,721,671 cosmetic procedures performed in 2018, 2 percent more than the 17,444,699 from the previous year, according to the ASPS 2018 statistics.

Most Commonly Performed Cosmetic Surgery Procedures

There were a total of 1,811,740 cosmetic surgery procedures performed in 2018. The most popular procedures included:

  • Breast augmentation (313,735)
  • Liposuction (258,558)
  • Rhinoplasty (213,780)
  • Eyelid surgery (206,529)
  • Tummy tuck (130,081)
  • Facelift (121,531)
  • Breast lift (109,638)

Procedures That Are Growing in Popularity

The following plastic surgery treatments saw a significant increase in the number of procedures performed between 2017 and 2018:

  • Buttock augmentation with fat grafting (up 19 percent)
  • Hair transplantation (up 18 percent)
  • Breast implant removal (up 6 percent)
  • Liposuction (up 5 percent)
  • Breast augmentation (up 4 percent)
  • Breast lift (up 4 percent)

Procedures that saw a decline in popularity include buttocks implants, pectoral implants, breast reduction in men, and dermabrasion.

Most Common Minimally-invasive Procedures in 2018

The total number of minimally-invasive procedures performed in 2018 was 15,909,931. This represented a 2 percent increase from the previous year.

The following non-surgical or minimally-invasive cosmetic treatments saw the most procedures performed in 2018:

  • Botox (7,437,378)
  • Soft tissue filler (2,676,970)
  • Chemical peel (1,384,327)
  • Laser hair removal (1,077,490)
  • Microdermabrasion (709,413)

Fat fillers for the face, platelet-rich plasma, and non-invasive fat reduction (such as CoolSculpting) all saw significant increases in popularity. Laser hair removal, ablative laser skin resurfacing, and microdermabrasion saw small decreases in the number of procedures performed compared to the previous year.

2018 Reconstructive Procedures

There was a total of 5,805,880 reconstructive procedures performed in 2018. The most often-performed reconstructive procedures of 2018 included tumor removal (4,462,519), laceration repair, other than facial (253,447), maxillofacial surgery (204,521), and scar revision (182,250).

Pelvic floor reconstruction saw the largest percentage increase between 2017 and 2018 with an 8 percent jump to 1,719 procedures performed.

Procedures Offered at Our Practice

Dr. Yee is a board-certified surgeon. She offers several types of plastic surgery at our Little Rock practice, including:

  • Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck)
  • Brachioplasty (arm lift)
  • Liposuction
  • Mommy makeover
  • Gynecomastia (male breast reduction)
  • CoolSculpting
  • Cellfina (to remove cellulite)

Contact Us Today

Our esteemed surgeon combines years of extensive study and training with artistic sensibilities. Dr. Yee is known for her honesty and ability to help patients feel comfortable about their choice to undergo cosmetic procedures.

To learn more about any of the cosmetic surgery options offered at our practice, schedule a consultation with Dr. Yee. You can contact us online or call our Little Rock office at (501) 224-1044.

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