Analysis: 2017 Plastic Surgery Statistics

By WD Staff September 5, 2018 No Comments

2017 plastic surgery statistics

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) recently released its 2017 annual report showcasing cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery statistical trends in the United States for fiscal year 2017. The yearly report provides reliable stats on the demand for both surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures. The report always includes some interesting insights into current (and future) aesthetic trends.

We’ve scoured the report and pulled out some of its most interesting findings:

Total Cosmetic Treatments Performed In 2017

Americans underwent a total of 17.5 million total cosmetic treatments (both surgical and non-surgical) in 2017. That amounts to a 2% increase from 2016, where 17.1 million procedures were performed. The 17.5 million total breaks down to approximately 1.8 million surgical procedures and 15.7 million non-surgical procedures.

Most Popular Cosmetic Procedures Of 2017

Top 5 Surgical Procedures

  • Breast Augmentation: 300,000 procedures, up 3% from 2016
  • Liposuction: 246,000 procedures, up 5% from 2016
  • Rhinoplasty (Nose Surgery): 218,000 procedures, down 2% from 2016
  • Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty): 209,020 procedures, no change from 2016
  • Tummy Tuck: 129,000 procedures, up 2% from 2016

Top 5 Non-Surgical Procedures

  • Botulinum Toxin Type A (Botox, Xeomin, Dysport): 7.2 million procedures, up 2% from 2016
  • Dermal Fillers: 2.7 million procedures, up 3% from 2016
  • Chemical Peel: 1.4million procedures, up 1% since 2016
  • Laser Hair Removal: 1 million procedures, down 2% from 2016
  • Microdermabrasion: 740,000 procedures, down 4% from 2016

Other Notable Findings

Butt Augmentation Shifts

While the overall demand for butt augmentation procedures continues to grow, there were some interesting shifts 2017. The number of butt implant procedures sharply dropped (-56%) while both butt lift and butt augmentation through fat grafting (Brazilian Butt Lift) grew by 13% and 10% respectively.

Facelifts Out Of Top 5

Facelift procedures suffered a modest 4% decline in 2017, where a total of 125,697 procedures were performed. The drop was enough to take facelifts off the top 5 list of most popular plastic surgery procedures. A deeper look in the stats shows a huge drop in demand for mini facelift procedures (a 14% decline compared to 2017). One potential reason for this loss could be a shift in demand toward non-surgical injectable solutions like Botox and dermal fillers, both of which experienced a healthy increase over the past year.

Labiaplasty Declines

While the demand for surgical vaginal rejuvenation (labiaplasty) soared in 2016 (where 12,666 procedures were performed), total demand dropped by 19% in 2017. A total of 2,413 fewer labiaplasty procurers were reported. It is, however, difficult to conclude this decline as a true trend since the ASPS only started retaining statistics on labiaplasty in 2015.

Increased Demand for Breast Reduction

The demand for breast reduction surgery spiked in 2017, increasing by 11% from fiscal year 2016. Breast reduction, also known as mammaplasty, reduces the size of the breasts by removing excess fat, tissue, and skin. Breast reduction procedures have one of the highest patient satisfaction scores as the procedure makes the breasts smaller, firmer, and perkier. The procedure also addresses long-term physical issues caused by overly large breasts like back pain and posture issues.


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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