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The American Society of Plastic Surgeons Releases 2015 Statistics Showing New Surgery Trends

Dr. Miguel DelgadoBy Miguel Delgado, M.D.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) was founded in 1931, and represents 94% of all Board Certified Plastic Surgeons in the United States. ASPS just released their data showing statistics for cosmetic and minimally invasive procedures for 2015. ASPS is the only organization that follows trends of plastic surgery in the United States and has done so since 1992. For 2015, the report shows 15.9 million procedures were performed, reflecting an increase of 2% since 2014.

Breast augmentation and traditional facial procedures remain popular; however, it is evident that there has been a shift to areas of the body as more options become available. Facelift used to be synonymous with the term plastic surgery, but since the year 2000 other types of lifts are showing major increases such as:

  • 89% for breast lifts
  • 252% for buttock lifts
  • 3,973% for lower body lifts
  • 4,959% for upper arm lifts

Surprisingly, facelifts slipped from the top 5 cosmetic procedures and were replaced by tummy tucks. Breast reduction surgery for 2015 came in at 68,106 procedures performed. For the first time, gynecomastia surgery (male breast reduction) accounted for 40% at 27,456 performed, showing a 5% increase since 2014.

For non-invasive procedures Botox remains #1 with a 1% increase, followed by soft tissue fillers with a 6% increase since 2014.