In 2013, The ASPS, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, noted that 13.4 million forms of plastic surgery were performed which represented an astounding three percent increase from those completed in 2012. Two procedures in particular were the most requested: butt augmentation and neck lifts.
Statistics show a 16 percent surge from 2012 rates in the procedure best known as the Brazilian butt lift. This fat grafting process that augments and reshapes the posterior was done on nearly 10,000 patients. With over 55,000 people opting to have their necks tightened, the plastic surgery industry saw a respectable six percent increase here.
Overall, various cosmetic procedures went up a modest 1 percent last year. The top five procedures included rhinoplasty, facelifts, eye surgery, liposuction, and breast augmentation. However, doctors are noticing a trend toward non-invasive procedures that is expected to continue through 2014. Topping the non-invasive list are laser hair removal, intense pulsed light (IPL) treatment, chemical peels, Botox injections, and cellulite treatments. Additionally, facial rejuvenations were increasingly requested last year. More Americans than ever before opted chemical peels, fillers, eye surgery, forehead lifts, and facelifts.
The ASPS believes that advances in medical techniques and improved tools gives patients a greater sense of comfort when deciding whether plastic surgery is right for them. 2013 saw the approval of a hyaluronic acid filler for the face and two forms of silicone breast implants by the FDA, to name a few. This sentiment was echoed by Dr. Robert X. Murphy, President of the ASPS. He pointed out that requests for plastic surgery remain strong, but new products and procedures available to patients show an increase in the desire of minimally-invasive procedures.
The initial desire for plastic surgery was spurred by the need for reconstructive procedures for individuals who suffered from tumors, defects, and injury. The number of reconstructions performed by surgeons experienced a two percent increase. Though this may not sound like a lot, the majority of these surgeries performed- an amazing 4.4 million- were done to remove tumors. The remaining top five reconstructions included maxillofacial surgery to fix facial defects, scar revision, hand surgery, laceration and cut repair, and breast reconstruction.
The ASPS began a campaign in 2012 to provide women who had been diagnosed with breast cancer with information about their healthcare and possible reconstruction needs. In a press release about the rising rates of breast reconstruction surgery, Dr. Murphy said that less then twenty percent of breast cancer patients choose to have breast reconstruction surgery simply because they are not always informed of their options. This is in spite of the fact that reconstruction can improve their self-esteem and quality of life. The majority of women who must have a single or double mastectomy due to cancer or potential cancer risks now opt to get breast reconstruction, according to a survey completed in February 2014. This is promising compared to surveys done in 1998 where only 46 percent of women would elect for any form of plastic surgery.