Top 5 Plastic Surgery Procedures
Each year, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) announces the top-ranked surgeries requested by patients. The ASPS also calculates how procedure demand changes over time. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Donald Hause performs all of these in-demand procedures on a regular basis.
Read on to learn about the top five plastic surgery procedures.
1. Breast Augmentation
In 2018, 313,735 people underwent breast augmentation, making it the top plastic surgery procedure of the year. That is more than 13,000 patients more than in 2017. Women with small breasts can increase their bust size via the use of breast implants. Because modern breast implants are available in many shapes, sizes, and textures, women can receive the breasts they always wanted, with a natural look.
Liposuction grew by 5 percent from 2017 to 2018, or from 246,354 to 258,558 procedures. Liposuction can remove excess fat from the buttocks, stomach, hips, thighs, and other body areas. While liposuction is not an alternative to diet, exercise, and weight loss, it can get rid of the fat in those hard-to-lose areas, such as the “love handles.” Liposuction is an important tool in body contouring.
According to ASPS, 213,780 people opted to have their noses reshaped in 2018, but the number did drop by 2 percent from the previous year. Not all rhinoplasties are cosmetic, aiming to reduce the size or change the shape of the nose. Some are performed for medical reasons to ease breathing, but there is no reason a patient undergoing rhinoplasty for respiratory improvement cannot have the nose he or she always wanted.
Eyelid surgery is available for both upper and lower lids, and 206,529 people took advantage of it in 2018. That is a 1 percent drop from 2017. Sometimes blepharoplasty has a twofold purpose, as it enhances appearance while allowing individuals with severely drooping eyelids to see better.
5. Tummy Tuck
The number of tummy tucks (abdominoplasties) performed did not change much from 2017 to 2018. Last year, 130,000 people had the surgery, compared to about 129,000 in 2017. The procedure involves removing extra fat and skin to make the stomach appear smoother and firmer. Many women undergo a tummy tuck to regain their shape after pregnancy.