Cosmetic surgery soars around the world

Cosmetic surgery demand increased by five percent around the world 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 society’s Global Aesthetic Survey of surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures performed in 2017, ISAPS president Dr Renato Saltz said “record numbers of patients are taking advantage of the latest innovations in cosmetic surgery to look and feel their best”.

The key findings in the survey of 35,000 plastic surgeons around the world included:

The countries that are most ‘obsessed’ with cosmetic procedures
The top five countries – USA, Brazil, Japan, Mexico and Italy – account for 38.4 percent of the world’s cosmetic procedures.

Total Cosmetic Surgery Procedures by Country in 2017 – Source: ISAPS

The Fastest Growing Cosmetic Procedures
Vaginal Rejuvenation (including Labiaplasty) showed the largest increase in number of procedures from 2016 to 2017 with a 23 percent increase. It was followed by the Lower Body lift which increased by 22 percent, the Buttock Lift which increased by 17 percent and Rhinoplasty which increased by 11 per cent.

The Most Popular Cosmetic Surgical Procedures
Breast Augmentation continued to be the world’s most popular cosmetic procedure with 1,677,320 procedures, followed by Liposuction with 1,573,680 procedures and Eyelid Surgery with 1,346,886 procedures.

Total Surgical Cosmetic Procedures (change from 2016-2017) – Source: ISAPS

The Biggest Decrease in Cosmetic Procedures
Facial bone contouring experienced the biggest decrease in demand with a 11 percent drop to 98,003 procedures.

The most popular non-surgical procedures
Injectable continue to be the most popular non-surgical procedures with Botulinum Toxin ranking at number one with 5,033,693 procedures (a one percent increase from 2016 to 2017).

Total Non Surgical Cosmetic Procedures (change from 2016-2017) – Source: ISAPS

The Gender Difference
Women continue to drive the demand for cosmetic procedures, accounting for 86.4 percent, or 20,207,190 cosmetic procedures in 2017. The five most popular procedures requested by women were Breast Augmentation (Silicone Implant), Liposuction, Eyelid Surgery, Abdominoplasty and Breast Lift.Meanwhile men accounted for 14.4 percent of cosmetic patients in 2017 with 3,183,351 procedures. The top five cosmetic procedures requested by men were Eyelid Surgery, Gynecomastia, Rhinoplasty, Liposuction and Hair Transplant.

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