Cosmetic Surgery and minimally invasive procedures continue to grow with a 2% rise over 2014. However new data released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons show a shift in the types of procedures patients have chosen since the start of the Millennium.

“While more traditional facial procedures and breast augmentations are still among the most popular, we’re seeing much more diversity in the areas of the body patients are choosing to address,” said ASPS President David H. Song, MD, MBA, FACS. “Patients have more options than ever, and working closely with their surgeon, they’re able to focus on specific target areas of the body to achieve the look they desire.”


In the past, think plastic surgery and you always thought of a facelift, but times are changing and whilst they remain popular other types of lifts are surging ahead.

1 – Upper arm lifts are up 4959 percent

2 – Lower body lifts are up 3973 percent

3 – Buttock lifts are up 252 percent

4 – Breast lifts are up 89 percent


Of the 1.7 million cosmetic surgical procedures performed in 2015, the top 5 were:

1 – Breast Augmentation

2 – Liposuction

3 – Nose Reshaping

4 – Eyelid surgery

5 – Tummy Tuck


Of the 14.2 million minimally invasive cosmetic procedures performed in 2015, the top 5 were:

1 – Botulinum Toxin Type A

2 – Soft Tissue Fillers

3 – Chemical Peel

4 – Laser Hair Removal

5 – Microdermabrasion

The number of practitioners now offering these procedures, the whole broader range of procedures available and the fact that these are now less invasive and lower cost, means that the appeal and reach is far greater than ever.



2015 was the Year of the Rear, as procedures focusing on the derriere dominated surgical growth. Buttock implants were the fastest growing type of cosmetic surgery in 2015, and, overall, there was a buttock procedure every 30 minutes of every day, on average.

The top procedures related to buttocks were:

1 – Buttock augmentation

2 – Buttock lift

3 – Buttock implants



For the first time, men account for more than 40 percent of Breast Reduction Surgeries, a 35 percent growth since 2000.

“As plastic surgery is becoming more common and accepted in men, we’re seeing more of them undergo procedures to tighten and tone problem areas, like the breasts,” said Dr.Song. “This procedure is often done in younger men who face genetic challenges with the size and shape of their breasts, and when appropriate, surgery can make a big difference in their lives.”



In 2012, ASPS launched a national Breast Reconstruction Awareness Campaign to educate, engage and empower women to make informed decisions about their healthcare following breast cancer diagnosis and mastectomy.

The good new is that in 2015, the number of reconstruction procedures increased another 4 percent to more than 106,300, and since 2000, the numbers are up a remarkable 35 percent .

Breast Reconstruction may be performed using several plastic surgery techniques, depending on which is most clinically appropriate for the patient, and is important to restore the breast to near normal shape, appearance and size following a lumpectomy or mastectomy.


To read the full report from the ASPS please click here.