The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), in collaboration with partners CosmetAssure and PatientNow, has released the latest findings from their procedural research for 2022. The data reveals that there were a total of 26.2 million surgical and minimally invasive cosmetic and reconstructive procedures performed in the United States in 2022. This represents a 19% increase in cosmetic surgery procedures since 2019.
ASPS President Gregory Greco, DO, FACS, states that this study reflects the growing trend of the public’s desire to improve their appearance and well-being. He emphasizes that ASPS member surgeons are dedicated to maintaining high safety standards and prioritizing patient and provider education.
The top five cosmetic surgical procedures in 2022 were liposuction, breast augmentation, abdominoplasty, breast lift, and eyelid surgery. Breast reduction procedures also saw a significant increase of 54% compared to 2019.
In terms of cosmetic minimally invasive procedures, the top five were neuromodulator injections, hyaluronic acid fillers, skin resurfacing, skin treatment with combination lasers, and lip augmentation with injectable materials. It’s worth noting that some of these procedures were not tracked in previous years.
Regarding reconstructive procedures, the top five included tumor removal, hand surgery, breast reconstruction, maxillofacial procedures, and scar revision.
The post-pandemic era has seen a surge in the number of procedures performed, as patients are no longer delaying their desired treatments. This could be attributed to the increased flexibility of hybrid work schedules and more time spent working from home, allowing for easier recovery.
The face and neck have become focal points for patients seeking enhancement, with eyelid surgeries, facelifts, and cheek implants experiencing notable increases. The prolonged use of masks shifted the focus to the eyes, contributing to the rise in eyelid surgeries.
Changes in weight during the pandemic led to a rise in both surgical and noninvasive procedures, including liposuction and noninvasive fat reduction procedures.
Breast augmentation remained a popular choice, ranking second after liposuction, while breast lifts saw a 30% increase since the pandemic’s onset. There was also a significant demand for cosmetic breast reductions, indicating a growing trend of individuals valuing both comfort and aesthetics.
The influence of social media has played a role in shaping trends and perceptions around plastic surgery. Patients are now more open to sharing their plastic surgery experiences on social media platforms, contributing to the popularity of certain procedures. Lip augmentation with fillers and buccal fat removal procedures have seen an increase in demand.
The ASPS Annual Procedural Statistics, which have been collected since 1992, provide reliable and accurate data on cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery trends in the United States. The collaboration with CosmetAssure and PatientNow strengthens the credibility of the data, making it a valuable resource for doctors, patients, researchers, and the media.
In conclusion, the ASPS’s latest findings for 2022 demonstrate the continued growth in the number of cosmetic and reconstructive procedures performed in the United States. This reflects the increasing public interest in enhancing their appearance and well-being. The data also highlights the crucial role of board-certified plastic surgeons in ensuring patient safety and satisfaction.