The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) has just released its highly anticipated annual report on cosmetic and reconstructive procedures in the United States for the year 2022. The results reveal a staggering 19% increase in cosmetic surgery procedures since 2019, with a total of 26.2 million surgical and minimally invasive procedures performed.
The top five cosmetic surgical procedures in 2022 were liposuction, breast augmentation, abdominoplasty, breast lift, and eyelid surgery. Notably, breast reduction procedures also saw a significant surge compared to previous years. On the minimally invasive front, popular procedures included neuromodulator injections, hyaluronic acid fillers, skin resurfacing, and skin treatment with combination lasers. Lip augmentation with injectable materials also experienced a notable increase in demand.
In terms of reconstructive procedures, tumor removal, hand surgery, breast reconstruction, maxillofacial procedures, and scar revision topped the list. Although some procedures saw a decrease compared to 2019, breast reconstruction experienced a noteworthy 12% increase.
The COVID-19 pandemic played a role in the rise of plastic surgery procedures, with more individuals spending time at home and having flexible work schedules. This newfound comfort led patients to finally pursue procedures they had been considering. The face and neck were particularly in focus, as masks emphasized the eyes and sparked a surge in eyelid surgeries. Facelift procedures also saw an 8% rise, while cheek implants experienced a staggering 150% increase.
The pandemic-induced changes in weight and lifestyle also contributed to the increase in body-centric procedures. Liposuction and noninvasive fat reduction procedures saw significant boosts compared to previous years. Breast augmentation remained a popular choice, and there was a notable trend of valuing both comfort and aesthetics, as breast lifts and reductions also experienced a surge in demand.
The rise of social media has also played a role in the growing acceptance of plastic surgery. Patients are now more open to sharing their experiences and expressing interest in various procedures. This has led to an increase in specific treatments such as lip augmentation with fillers and buccal fat removal.
The ASPS Annual Procedural Statistics, which have been meticulously compiled since 1992, provide accurate and reliable data on cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery trends in the United States. The data for 2022 was collected from member surgeons and affiliated companies, ensuring a comprehensive and credible report. The ASPS places great emphasis on patient safety and well-being throughout the entire process.
To further bolster the accuracy and credibility of the data, the ASPS has partnered with CosmetAssure and PatientNow. CosmetAssure addresses the risks associated with plastic surgery, providing peace of mind for both patients and surgeons. Meanwhile, PatientNow focuses on enhancing the patient experience within aesthetic practices.
Overall, the data from the ASPS’s latest report underscores the growing popularity of plastic surgery in the United States. This surge is driven by a strong desire to enhance one’s appearance and a greater societal acceptance of these procedures. With the ASPS’s commitment to safety and education, patients can confidently explore the world of plastic surgery.