Oct 03 2018

Understanding Trends in Breast Augmentation Statistics

The bust of a woman wearing a black lace braConsidering breast augmentation to achieve a fuller and more symmetrical bust line? You’re not alone. Breast augmentation is consistently one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries every year in the United States.

Dr. Roger J. Oldham, a skilled plastic surgeon in Bethesda, MD, would like to provide you with breast augmentation statistics. This information can put more context into your decision-making process if you are considering this confidence-boosting procedure.

The Most Popular Cosmetic Surgery in 2017

Trends in the popularity of cosmetic surgical and non-surgical procedures are documented every year by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). The 2017 data showed that, again, breast augmentation was the most frequently performed cosmetic surgical procedure nationwide.

In total, almost 1.8 million cosmetic surgical procedures were performed in 2017. Of these, 300,378 breast augmentations were performed, or about 17 percent of the total plastic surgeries performed.

The Ongoing Popularity of Breast Augmentation

In 2017, the ASPS statistics show a 3 percent increase in the number of breast procedures performed over the previous year in which a reported 290,467 breast augmentations were performed.
This rise in the number of breast augmentation surgeries coincides with a long-term upward trend. In 2000, 212,500 breast augmentation procedures were performed, representing a notable 41 percent jump from 2000 to 2017.

Age Distribution of Breast Augmentation Patients

Data shows that women in their 20s and 30s are the age demographic most likely to undergo breast augmentation. About 47 percent of breast augmentation patients are between the ages of 19 to 35.

Not far behind are women aged 36 to 50, who make up about 38 percent of breast augmentation patients. 12 percent of women receiving breast augmentation are 51 to 64 years old.

Meanwhile women aged 65 or older make up about two percent, and those age 18 and younger account for about one percent of breast augmentation patients.

Americans Are Spending More Than Ever on Plastic Surgery

The increase in the popularity of breast augmentation procedures coincides with the national trend of the growing popularity of cosmetic procedures in general.

In 2016, Americans spent an estimated $16 billion on cosmetic plastic surgery and minimally invasive procedures. This is the most money Americans have ever spent on cosmetic procedures. It illustrates how taboos about plastic surgery and minimally invasive procedures have largely been broken.

The market for cosmetic surgeries and non-invasive services has expanded in a variety of demographics, including geographic, age, and economic brackets, to encompass a far greater segment of the American public.

Want to Learn More about Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation is a consistently popular cosmetic surgical procedure due to how quickly it can improve the overall silhouette and a woman’s sense of self. Today’s breast augmentations are safer than ever, thanks to advances in implant safety and surgical techniques. The effectiveness and safety of breast augmentation is all the more assured when performed by an experienced plastic surgeon like Dr. Oldham

If you are considering a breast augmentation, learn more about this procedure by reaching out to Dr. Oldham and our team today. You can call us at (301) 530-6100 or use our online form.

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