Cosmetic surgery demand continues to soar

Cosmetic surgery demand increased by nine percent last year and shows no signs of slowing down in the near future, according to the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS).

Releasing the results of the society’s latest Global Aesthetic Survey of surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures, ISAPS president Dr Renato Saltz said the results confirm “something that most board-certified plastic surgeons already know – the demand for cosmetic procedures is stronger than ever”.

“Around the world, we are seeing record numbers of patients looking to take advantage of the latest innovations in cosmetic surgery to look and feel better about themselves,” he said.

The World’s Top 20 Countries for Cosmetic Procedures in 2016 (source: ISAPS)

Other key findings in the survey of 35,000 plastic surgeons around the world in 2016, were:

The countries that are most ‘obsessed’ with cosmetic procedures
Five countries – the US, Brazil, Japan, Italy and Mexico – account for 41.4 percent of the world’s cosmetic procedures.

The fastest growing cosmetic procedures
Labiaplasty showed the largest increase in number of procedures from 2015 to 2016, with a 45 percent rise. Labiaplasty’s dramatic increase in popularity was followed by the lower body lift which increased by 29 percent, the upper body lift and breast augmentation using fat transfer which both recorded 22 percent growth and the buttock lift which increased by 20 percent.

The most popular cosmetic surgical procedures
Breast augmentation continued to be the world’s most popular cosmetic procedure, accounting for 15.8 percent of all surgical procedures, followed by liposuction (14 percent), eyelid surgery (12.9 percent), rhinoplasty (7.6 percent) and abdominoplasty (7.4 percent). The least popular cosmetic surgery in 2016 was penile enlargement, which also saw the largest decrease in number of procedures (-28%).

The most popular cosmetic non-surgical procedures
The most popular non-surgical procedures continue to be injectables with Botulinum Toxin ranking at number one at 4,627,752 procedures (a seven percent increase from 2015 to 2016).

The gender difference
Women accounted for 86.2 percent, or 20,362,655 cosmetic procedures, in 2016. The five most popular procedures requested by them were breast augmentation (silicone implant), liposuction, eyelid surgery, abdominoplasty and breast lifts. In the same year men accounted for 13.8 percent of cosmetic patients with 3,264,254 procedures performed worldwide. Their top five cosmetic procedures were eyelid surgery, gynecomastia, rhinoplasty, liposuction and hair transplants.




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