Aesthetic Dermatology

Minimally invasive cosmetic surgery: Steady growth in 2018


Minimally invasive cosmetic surgery continued its steady rise in 2018, with a 1.6% increase over the previous year that brought the total to nearly 16 million procedures, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Top five minimally invasive cosmetic procedures, 2018

The most popular form of minimally invasive cosmetic surgery among the estimated 15.9 million procedures performed in 2018 was, once again, onabotulinumtoxinA injection, which represented almost half of the total for the year with 7.4 million anatomic sites injected (up by 2.9%), the ASPS said in its 2018 Plastic Surgery Statistics Report.

Soft-tissue-filler injections, the next most popular type of surgery, were up 1.7% to almost 2.7 million procedures, while chemical peels rose 0.6% to nearly 1.4 million procedures. Numbers for 2018 were down, however, for the two other top-five surgeries: Laser hair removal slipped 0.9% from 2017 and microdermabrasion fell 4.2%, the ASPS reported.

Going back quite a bit further in time – the year 2000, to be exact – reveals 21st-century growth of 228% for the minimally invasive sector as a whole, but the long-term trend for cosmetic surgery was not quite as rosy – down by 4.7% since 2000. From 2017 to 2018, though, cosmetic surgery procedures were up by 1.2%, with breast augmentation the most popular, followed by liposuction, rhinoplasty, blepharoplasty, and abdominoplasty, according to the ASPS.

The 2018 statistics report was based on analysis of the society’s Tracking Operations and Outcomes for Plastic Surgeons database and an annual survey of board-certified dermatologists, otolaryngologists, and plastic surgeons (final sample = 724).

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