May 14 2019

Most Popular Plastic Surgery Procedures of 2018

Woman with an attractive figureThe American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) released its annual report on the popularity of plastic surgery procedures. The report showed that breast augmentation to enhance the bust line once again ranked as the most widely performed plastic surgery procedure. Besides breast augmentation, what other cosmetic surgery procedures are patients seeking?

Here, Dr. Roger J. Oldham presents the five most popular plastic surgery procedures of 2018 to give our Bethesda, MD, patients an accurate picture of current trends in the cosmetic surgery field.

Breast Augmentation

According to the ASPS surgical statistics for 2018, breast augmentation is the most popular procedure. Breast augmentation has comfortably held the position of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure for more than a decade now. During breast augmentation, implants are placed to increase breast size and enhance the overall shape of the bust line. With a fuller chest many women feel more feminine and more confident about their figure as a whole.

Breast augmentation is one of several surgical procedures that saw an increase in popularity this year. In 2017, there were 300,378 breast augmentation procedures performed. In 2018, that number saw a 4 percent increase, jumping to 313,735 procedures.

Liposuction

Our Bethesda patients frequently complain about stubborn fat deposits that fail to respond to diet and exercise efforts, so it is not surprising that liposuction was the second most frequently performed procedure in 2018. Liposuction can remove unwanted fat from nearly any area of the body, including the hips, thighs, buttocks, stomach, and arms, allowing patients to improve body contours and get the slimmer figure they desire.

Like breast augmentation, liposuction actually grew more popular in 2018. Within this past year, plastic surgeons reported performing 258,558 liposuction procedures, which was 5 percent more than the 246,354 liposuction procedures that were performed in 2017.

Nose Reshaping

In 2018, nose reshaping, also known as rhinoplasty, held onto its spot as the third most widely performed cosmetic surgery procedure. Rhinoplasty can adjust the shape and size of the nose while addressing imperfections such as bumps, uneven nostrils, or a crooked bridge.

Unlike breast augmentation and liposuction, there were actually fewer rhinoplasty procedures performed in 2018 than there were in 2017. However, the difference was not much. In 2018, there were 213,780 nose reshaping procedures performed, which was just two percent less than the number performed in 2017.

Eyelid Surgery

Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is just behind nose reshaping on the list of the five most popular cosmetic surgery procedures in 2018. Eyelid surgery can be performed on either the upper or lower lids, or both. The procedure tightens loose skin and eliminates issues such as droopy lids and undereye bags to give patients a more refreshed and alert appearance.

Eyelid surgery was another procedure that saw a slight decrease in popularity in 2018 compared to 2017. In 2018 plastic surgeons performed 206,529 blepharoplasty procedures, which was just one percent fewer than those performed the previous year.

Tummy Tuck

Rounding out the five most popular plastic surgery procedures for 2018 is the tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty. This procedure improves the appearance of the midsection by removing excess fat and skin and repairing stretched stomach muscles. A tummy tuck can significantly improve body contours.

Within this past year, there were a total of 130,081 tummy tuck procedures performed. This number was higher than the number of tummy tucks performed in 2017, but only by a few hundred.

Schedule an Appointment

Dr. Roger J. Oldham is happy to offer all of the most popular plastic surgery procedures, and many others, at our Bethesda practice. If you would like more information about any of our cosmetic services, call (301) 530-6100 to schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience.

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