Analysis: 2016 Plastic Surgery Statistics

Written by WD Staff, Skin Care Specialists on March 15, 2017 No Comments

2016 cosmetic surgery statistics

It’s that time of year again! The American Society of Plastic Surgery (ASPS) recently released their annual report showcasing patient demand in both surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures. The report is an interesting read as it gives some insight aesthetic trends in the United States.

According to the report, Americans underwent a total of 17.1 million cosmetic treatments (both surgical and non-surgical) in 2016. That’s a sharp increase from 2015, where 15.9 million total procedures were performed (a year-over-year increase of 7.55%). The 17.1 million total breaks down to approximately 1.7 million surgical procedures and 15.4 million non-surgical procedures.

Here are the most popular cosmetic procedures of 2016:

Top 5 Surgical Procedures

  • Breast Augmentation: 290,467 procedures, up 4% from 2015
  • Liposuction: 235,237 procedures, up 6% from 2015
  • Rhinoplasty (Nose Surgery): 223,018 procedures, up 2% from 2015
  • Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty): 209,020 procedures, up 2% from 2015
  • Facelift: 131,106 procedures, up 4% from 2015

Top 5 Non-Surgical Procedures

  • Botulinum Toxin Type A (Botox, Xeomin, Dysport): 7 million procedures, up 4% from 2015
  • Dermal Fillers: 2.6 million procedures, up 2% from 2015
  • Chemical Peel: 1.36 million procedures, up 4% since 2015
  • Laser Hair Removal: 1.1 million procedures, down 1% from 2015
  • Microdermabrasion: 775,000 procedures, down 3% from 2015

Other interesting findings:

Facelifts Are Back

Facelift surgery made a sharp comeback in 2016 after falling out of the top 5 surgical procedures in 2015. As Baby Boomers continue to age, you can expect the demand for facelift procedures to continue to increase as the procedure provides dramatic and long-lasting results. The rise in Facelifts bumped tummy tuck surgery down into the #6 spot in 2016.

Fat Transfers Are In

The 2016 report showcases the popularity of fat transfer based body contouring procedures, with dramatic increases in fat transfer to buttocks (+26%) and fat transfer to breast (+72%) treatments. Fat grafting procedures provide patients with a double-benefit as fat that’s removed from undesirable areas (like the abdomen or waist) is used to enhance other parts of the body.

Gains In Vaginal Rejuvenation

The ASPS report included data on vaginal rejuvenation (both surgical and non-surgical treatments) for the first time as the organization just started collecting statistics in 2015. The report showed a 39% increase in demand, with more than 12,000 procedures completed.


WD Staff

A united group of skin care specialists from Westlake Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery, Austin's leader in Dermatology and Plastic Surgery. Articles posted under WD staff are authored through combined contributions from our entire team, including Plastic Surgeons, Dermatologists, Aestheticians, Physician Assistants, Aesthetic Nurses, and Patient Coordinators.

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