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The numbers are in- and they might surprise you. Just how many people got cosmetic surgery in 2015?

On July 26, 2016, the ISAPS (International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery) released the results from its annual global survey. Compiling data from a questionnaire sent to approximately 35,000 plastic surgeons worldwide, more than 21 million surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic procedures were performed in 2015. This is an increase of over 1 million cosmetic procedures from 2014. According to a press release from ISAPS, they reported that Botulinum Toxin (BOTOX®), continues to top the chart as the most popular cosmetic procedure for both men and women. A total of over 4.6 million procedures were performed worldwide. Another popular injectable, Hyaluronic Acid, increased 6.5% from 2014 to 2015. Once again, breast augmentation continues to be the most common surgical procedure among women, increasing 10.4% from 2014. Eyelid surgery remains the most prevalent for men.

Top 5 Surgical Procedures: Women

In 2015, women had more than 18 million surgical and nonsurgical procedures. This is an astounding 85.6% of the total procedures worldwide. The top five surgical procedures were:

  1. Breast augmentation (1,476,498)
  2. Liposuction (1,181,074)
  3. Eyelid surgery (988,620)
  4. Abdominoplasty (703,361)
  5. Rhinoplasty (534,523) shutterstock_311958785

Top 5 Surgical Procedures: Men 

Contributing to 14.4% of the total, men had more than 3 million surgical and nonsurgical procedures in 2015. The top five surgical procedures performed on men in 2015 were:

  1. Eyelid surgery (276,082)
  2. Liposuction (213,514)
  3. Gynecomastia (212,328) 
  4. Rhinoplasty (195,764)
  5. Fat grafting (92,311)

Top 4 Surgical Procedures: Total

Of the more than 21 million procedures performed in 2015, 9.6 million were surgical. The most popular (total) procedures were:

  1. Breast Augmentation (up 10% vs. 2014)
  2. Liposuction (up 2% vs. 2014)
  3. Eyelid Surgery (down 11% vs. 2014)
  4. Abdominoplasty (up 11% vs. 2014)

Top 5 Nonsurgical Procedures: Total 

The remaining 12.1 million procedures in 2015 were nonsurgical procedures. Worldwide, the United States took the lead with 2.6 million procedures. The most popular procedures were:

  1. Botulinum Toxin (down 4% vs. 2014)
  2. Hyaluronic Acid (up 7% vs. 2014)
  3. Hair Removal (down 14% vs. 2014)
  4. Photo Rejuvenation (new to 2015 survey)
  5. Nonsurgical Fat Reduction (new to 2015 survey)

 Cosmetic Surgery By Country

According to ISAPS, the country with the highest number of procedures was the United States, setting the bar high at 1.4 million surgical and 2.6 million non-surgical procedures in 2015. The United States also has the largest number of active plastic surgeons with 6,500 followed by Brazil (5,500) and China (2,800). Coming in at a close second to the U.S. was Brazil, with a reported 1.2 million surgical and 1.1 million non-surgical procedures. Rounding out the list for the most procedures was South Korea, India, Mexico, Germany, Colombia, France, and Italy.

According to the ASPS (American Society of Plastic Surgeons), this is a 2% increase from 2014. In addition to continued growth over the last year, statistics indicate a shift in the types of procedures patients have chosen since the start of the new millennium. In a statement from ASPS President, David H. Song, he said,

“While more traditional facial procedures and breast augmentations are still among the most popular, we’re seeing much more diversity in the areas of the body patients are choosing to address…Patients have more options than ever, and working closely with their surgeon, they’re able to focus on specific target areas of the body to achieve the look they desire.”

New stats from the ASPS also revealed that 2015 was another “year of the rear”, as procedures focusing on the bottom dominated surgical growth. In 2015, buttock implants were the fastest growing type of cosmetic surgery in the United States. Overall, numbers showed that on an average day, one buttock procedure was performed every 30 minutes.

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