Breast reduction, liposuction and tummy tuck surgeries also saw an uptick in popularity from 2016

By Caroline Redmond
March 02, 2018 03:18 PM
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The cosmetic surgery industry saw steady growth in 2017.

According to a new report released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, cosmetic procedures performed in the U.S. saw a 2 percent increase from 2016, with minimally-invasive procedures seeing a slightly higher growth rate than surgical procedures.

There were 1.8 million cosmetic surgical procedures performed last year, and topping the list was breast augmentation — with just over 300,000 performed, up by 3 percent from 2016.

Rounding out the top five are liposuction, nose reshaping, eyelid surgery and tummy tucks, with the latter making its way back into the top five after dropping out of the position in 2016.

Despite the rise in popularity of breast augmentations, which, according to ASPS, use implants or fat transfers to increase the size of breasts, breast reductions markedly increased from 2016 to 2017. The procedure, also known as reduction mammoplasty, saw an 11 percent increase in popularity in 2017, following a 4 percent decline in 2016.

“Breast reductions are consistently reported as one of the highest patient satisfaction procedures because it positively affects a woman’s quality of life,” ASPS President Jeffrey E. Janis, MD said in a statement. “It addresses both functional and aesthetic concerns.” Amber Rose recently spoke out about getting breast reduction surgery to help with back pain.

In addition to the nearly 2 million cosmetic surgical procedures performed in 2017, minimally invasive procedures rose to almost 16 million.

Of the 15.7 million minimally-invasive procedures in 2017, nearly half were Botulinum Toxin Type A injections, better known as Botox (7.23 million procedures). Coming in a distant second with 2.69 million was Soft Tissue Fillers, followed by Chemical Peels at 1.37 million, Laser hair removal in fourth at 1.1 million despite a 2 percent decrease from 2016, and microdermabrasion in 5th with 740,287 procedures, down 4 percent from the previous year.

According to the report, minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures have increased nearly 200 percent since the new millennium.