Surgical and Nonsurgical Aesthetic Procedures Are on the Rise

What does a recent study tell us about aesthetic procedures during 2015?

Preliminary results from a study performed by The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) demonstrate that cosmetic procedures, both surgical and nonsurgical, are on the rise. During 2015, the numbers of both men and women undergoing various aesthetic procedures increased dramatically as compared to the previous year.

James C. Grotting, MD, President of ASAPS states, “Our survey findings paint a clear picture of a healthy aesthetic marketplace, with considerable growth among surgical and nonsurgical procedures alike. As techniques and technologies advance, patients have an even wider array of options from non-invasive to invasive, semi-permanent to permanent, and it appears that both doctors and patients are getting accustomed to tailoring procedures to individual patient needs with all of the options at their disposal.

The Actual Statistics

The data obtained in the study offers solid evidence of the increasing acceptance of, and participation in, aesthetic procedures in the U.S. during the 2015 calendar year. Following are some of the specific facts the study uncovered:

  • Surgical procedures are up 7 percent with 1,912,468 procedures performed
  • Nonsurgical procedures are up 22 percent with 10,879,909 procedures performed
  • Combined procedures are up 20 percent with a total of 12,792,377 procedures performed
  • Men are undergoing 25 percent more male breast reductions
  • Fat grafting (transferring patient’s own fat from a less to a more desirable site) has become much more popular, with nearly 50,000 fat-grafting procedures to the face alone in 2015
  • Injectables, such as BOTOX, Dysport, Juvederm, and Restylane are increasing in popularity and have seen a 21 percent increase
  • In addition to the already popular buttock augmentations (20,000 procedures), buttock lifts have become more popular, showing a 32 percent increase
  • Tattoo and hair removal each saw over 35 percent increases
  • Liposuction is up 16 percent with 396,048 procedures performed

Overall, there has been a surge in male patients and an increase in the percentage of patients who want more subtle procedures. Some of the latter patients are tweaking previous procedures or undergoing much less invasive enhancements, such as nonsurgical skin tightening. There has been a 58 percent increase in such methods of aesthetic refinement. At times these procedures are viewed as means to postpone more complex procedures. If you are considering having plastic surgery or another type of aesthetic procedure, you should consult with an expert in the field who will be able to help you understand the various options open to you.