The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) has unveiled the findings of its annual procedural research, shedding light on the escalating number of cosmetic and reconstructive procedures in the United States. The recently released data, compiled in collaboration with CosmetAssure and PatientNow, reveals a staggering 26.2 million surgical and minimally invasive procedures carried out in 2022 alone. Notably, there has been a remarkable 19% surge in cosmetic surgery procedures since 2019.
The top five cosmetic surgical procedures of 2022 encompassed liposuction, breast augmentation, abdominoplasty, breast lift, and eyelid surgery. Breast reduction procedures also witnessed a significant upswing. In terms of minimally invasive procedures, neuromodulator injections, hyaluronic acid fillers, skin resurfacing, skin treatment with combination lasers, and lip augmentation with injectable materials emerged as the most sought-after choices. Reconstructive procedures, on the other hand, were dominated by tumor removal, hand surgery, breast reconstruction, maxillofacial surgery, and scar revision.
Interestingly, the COVID-19 pandemic appears to have influenced the surge in plastic surgery procedures. With more individuals working remotely and having flexible schedules, patients are no longer deferring the procedures they have contemplated. Moreover, there has been a heightened emphasis on face and neck procedures, with eyelid surgeries, facelifts, and cheek implants experiencing substantial increases. Procedures targeting the body, such as liposuction and noninvasive fat reduction, have also witnessed a rise, potentially due to weight fluctuations experienced during the post-pandemic period.
The impact of social media on plastic surgery trends and public perception cannot be underestimated. Patients are increasingly inclined to share their plastic surgery experiences on social media platforms, leading to a surge in certain procedures. Lip augmentation with fillers and buccal fat removal procedures, for instance, have gained popularity as a result. Plastic surgeons play a crucial role in guiding patients through the decision-making process while prioritizing their safety and overall well-being.
The ASPS Annual Procedural Statistics, an esteemed publication that has been available since 1992, offers comprehensive and reliable data on cosmetic and reconstructive procedures in the United States. The data is sourced directly from member surgeons and affiliated entities such as CosmetAssure and PatientNow, ensuring the utmost accuracy and credibility.
In conclusion, the escalating number of plastic surgery procedures mirrors the growing desire among the general public to enhance their appearance and boost their self-confidence. Plastic surgeons remain steadfast in upholding safety standards and educating both patients and providers. The field of plastic surgery continues to evolve and adapt to meet the changing needs and preferences of individuals seeking cosmetic and reconstructive procedures.