Cosmetic procedures show continued growth


Growth continued in the minimally invasive cosmetic sector in 2017, with three of the top five procedures showing gains and two declining, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

The gainers were the three most popular procedures: OnabotulinumtoxinA injections topped the list with 7.23 million anatomic sites injected – an increase of 2% over 2016 – followed by injection of soft tissue fillers with 2.69 million procedures (up 3%) and chemical peels with 1.38 million procedures (an increase of 1%), the ASPS said in its 2017 Plastic Surgery Statistics Report.

Top minimally invasive cosmetic procedures, 2017

The two decliners among the top five were laser hair removal, which dropped 2% to 1.09 million procedures, and microdermabrasion, which continued a long-term decline by falling 4% to 740,000 procedures in 2017, the ASPS reported.

The minimally invasive cosmetic sector as a whole was up by 2% last year, bringing the number of total procedures to 15.7 million. Cosmetic surgical procedures were up by 1% from 2016 to 2017, reaching a total of 1.79 million. The five most popular cosmetic surgeries were breast augmentation (300,000 performed), liposuction (246,000), rhinoplasty (219,000), blepharoplasty (210,000), and abdominoplasty (130,000), according to the ASPS Tracking Operations and Outcomes for Plastic Surgeons database and an annual survey of board-certified dermatologists, otolaryngologists, and plastic surgeons (final sample = 783).

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