USA Today recently published an article outlining the top plastic surgery trends of 2018, although the statistics listed are American, the trends are extremely comparable to those in Australia.
Almost 18 million people might look a little different today than they did a year ago, according to data released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons on Monday.
The organization composed of board-certified plastic surgeons reported seeing a rise in overall plastic surgery and nearly a quarter million more cosmetic procedures in 2018 compared with 2017 in its annual statistics report. An uptick in minimally invasive procedures isn’t surprising, as more are available now than in years past.
A fading stigma of plastic surgery also could be contributing to numbers, as Dr. Alan Matarasso, president of the plastic surgeons society, told USA TODAY his patients are more “out of the closet” about work they’ve had done. He recalled a teen patient who recently had a nose job taking photos of herself in the recovery room.
Of the more than 1.8 million cosmetic surgeries tracked by the society in 2018, the top five were: breast augmentations; liposuction; nose reshaping; eyelid surgery; and tummy tuck.
Nonsurgical procedures totaled 15.9 million, according to the report. The most popular minimally invasive procedures were: botulinum toxin type A (including Botox), soft tissue fillers, chemical peel, laser hair removal and microdermabrasion.
The most dramatic change in modern plastic surgery is actually that “it’s not all surgery any more,” Matarasso said.
“Ten years ago, plastic surgery was surgery,” he said. “Now, when you go to a board-certified surgeon you have options.”
Those options include Botox, fillers and lasers; treatments that promise to treat fine lines, brown spots, red veins and unwanted hair.
This year’s numbers show slight declines for nose reshaping and eyelid surgery, and Matarasso credits that to new nonsurgical options for some desired nose and eye changes.
Liposuction, which is up 5 percent from 2017, also can be assisted by noninvasive fat reduction procedures.
Breast augmentation is up 4 percent. Matarasso said other options for those surgeries now include techniques that incorporate fat in addition to implants.