The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) has released its highly anticipated 2022 procedural research, shedding light on the ever-evolving landscape of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery in the United States. According to the findings, a staggering 26.2 million surgical and minimally invasive procedures were performed last year, marking a noteworthy 19% increase in cosmetic surgery procedures since 2019.
Taking a closer look at the top five cosmetic surgical procedures in 2022, liposuction claimed the leading position, followed by breast augmentation, abdominoplasty (commonly known as a tummy tuck), breast lift, and eyelid surgery. Notably, breast reduction procedures experienced a remarkable surge of 54% since 2019, indicating a growing demand for this particular intervention.
In the realm of minimally invasive procedures, neuromodulator injections (such as Botox), hyaluronic acid fillers, skin resurfacing, skin treatment with combination lasers, and lip augmentation with injectable materials emerged as the most sought-after treatments. These less invasive procedures offer patients the opportunity to enhance their appearance without the need for extensive surgery.
Turning our attention to the field of reconstructive procedures, the top five performed in 2022 were tumor removal, hand surgery, breast reconstruction, maxillofacial surgery, and scar revision. These interventions play a crucial role in restoring function and improving the quality of life for individuals who have undergone traumatic experiences or medical conditions.
The increased demand for plastic surgery procedures can be attributed to several factors. The desire for self-improvement remains a driving force, with individuals seeking to enhance their physical appearance and boost their self-confidence. Additionally, plastic surgery has become more socially acceptable, contributing to its popularity. The COVID-19 pandemic also played a role in the surge of procedures, as more people were willing to undergo treatments with the flexibility of remote work and recovery.
When examining the areas of focus for patients, it is evident that the face and neck received considerable attention. Eyelid surgeries, facelifts, and cheek implants experienced an uptick in demand, as individuals sought to rejuvenate their appearance and combat the signs of aging. Furthermore, body-centric procedures like liposuction and noninvasive fat reduction procedures gained popularity, reflecting the emphasis on achieving a toned and sculpted physique. Breast augmentation and breast lifts also remained popular choices among patients.
The influence of social media on plastic surgery trends cannot be overlooked. Platforms like Instagram and YouTube have allowed patients to share their experiences openly, creating a sense of transparency and fostering a community where individuals can learn from one another. This increased visibility has contributed to the shaping of aesthetic ideals and the exploration of new treatment options.
The ASPS annual procedural statistics serve as a valuable resource for doctors, patients, researchers, and the media. This year’s report was compiled using data from member surgeons and affiliated companies, providing a comprehensive overview of the current state of plastic surgery in the United States. As the field continues to evolve, these insights will aid in understanding trends, informing decision-making, and driving advancements in the field of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.