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ASPS lists 2022’s most sought after procedures

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There were 26.2 million surgical and minimally invasive procedures performed in the USA alone in 2022, according to new data from the world’s largest plastic surgery organisation, the ASPS (American Society of Plastic Surgeons).

More specifically, there has been a 19% increase in cosmetic surgery procedures since 2019.

“This year's study supports the larger trend of the public's growing desire to look and feel better in their own skin,” said ASPS President Gregory Greco, DO, FACS.

Of the nearly 23.7 million cosmetic minimally invasive procedures performed in 2022, the top 5 were:

Neuromodulator Injections (8,736,591 procedures, up 73 percent from 2019)

Hyaluronic Acid Fillers (4, 883,419 procedures, up 70 percent from 2019)

Skin Resurfacing (3,322,292 procedures)*

Skin Treatment, Combination Lasers (2,915,199 procedures)*

Lip Augmentation with Injectable Materials (1,378,631 procedures)*

*Procedure was not tracked in previous years

Of the nearly 1.5 million cosmetic surgical procedures performed in 2022, the top 5 were:

Liposuction (325,669 procedures, up 23% from 2019)

Breast Augmentation (298,568 procedures, up 4% from 2019)

Tummy Tuck (161,948 procedures, up 37% from 2019)

Breast Lift (143,364 procedures, up 30% from 2019)

Eyelid Surgery (115,261 procedures, up 13% from 2019)

Additionally, breast reduction procedures saw a 54% surge since 2019 with 71,364 procedures.

Looking at a post-pandemic world compared to data from 2019, ASPS has seen significant growth in the number of procedures performed overall. Patients are no longer putting off the procedures they have been considering, which may be attributed to more time spent working from home and the flexibility hybrid work schedules offer patients for recovery.

Face and neck take focus

Patients often enhance their appearance beginning with the features they first see in the mirror: the face and the neck. Certain trends and behaviour during COVID contributed to the latest plastic surgery trends; masks made eyes the main focal point of the face for almost a year, which likely contributed to a surge in the number of eyelid surgeries, making it the fourth most popular cosmetic surgery procedure in 2022. The past year also saw an 8% rise in facelift procedures and a 150% increase in cheek implants.

Body-centric procedures remained prominent

Post-COVID weight fluctuations resulted in an increase in both surgical and nonsurgical procedures, with a 23% rise in liposuction and a 77% rise in noninvasive fat reduction procedures compared to 2019.

Social media influences trends and perception

Since the onset of the pandemic, there has been a steady rise in transparency as patients have been more open to sharing their plastic surgery journeys on social media, which contributed to an increase in certain procedures. Lip augmentation with fillers secured a spot in the top five most sought-after minimally invasive treatments for the first time, and buccal fat removal procedures also rose.

The above data was collected by ASPS in conjunction with two affiliated companies, CosmetAssure and PatientNow.

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