The Most Popular Cosmetic Surgery Procedures

29 Apr 2016

There’s no doubt about it, cosmetic surgery is on the rise across the world. The leading country in the world for cosmetic surgery is the USA and where it goes, other countries tend to follow. It’s interesting therefore that the American Society for Plastic Surgeons have recently released statistics concerning what are the most popular cosmetic procedures in the USA not counting ‘minimally invasive’ techniques such as Botox.

The number of cosmetic procedures performed on Americans has risen a staggering 115% since the year 2000 and the figures released make fascinating reading.

The 5 most popular plastic surgery procedures 2015

Breast enlargement
Number of procedures: 279,143

By far the most popular procedure is breast enlargement also known as breast augmentation, with US surgeons performing over a quarter of a million operations in 2015. Perhaps this is no surprise as researchers from the journal Plastic Surgical Nursing observe that “Following breast augmentation, most women report satisfaction with the aesthetic result and improvements in body image.”

Number of procedures: 222,051

Up 5% from 2014, liposuction is one of the fastest rising surgeries in terms of popularity. With body beautiful celebrities adorning the covers of all our favourite magazines, perhaps it is no surprise that more and more people are striving to look thinner and more toned. It’s not just women either, the procedure is rapidly becoming popular with men.

Nose reshaping procedures
Number of procedures: 217,979

Whether it is the proliferation of the selfie or simply the fact that as individuals we’re being photographed more and more thanks to social media, more and more people are undertaking nose reshaping surgery.

Eyelid surgery
Number of procedures: 203,934

Although the third most popular surgery in the USA, it is actually the most popular cosmetic surgery in the world. This is thanks to its popularity in East Asia in countries such as Korea. The surgery has a controversial past, some critics saying that it makes patients look ‘less Asian’.

Tummy tuck
Number of procedures: 127,967

The fastest rising cosmetic procedure in the USA is the tummy tuck. It’s no surprise as there is an increasing pressure for people to be trim whether on the beach, in the gym or in their day-to-day life.

The full report from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons can be downloaded here: