America’s Most Popular Plastic Surgeries

by Surgical Times

Every year since 1992, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) has collected key statistics and demographics on plastic surgery procedures performed throughout the United States.

The society has more than 8,000 members, comprising 93 percent of all board-certified U.S. plastic surgeons, but it collects statistics that aim to represent more than 24,600 board-certified physicians who are “likely to perform” either cosmetic plastic surgeries or reconstructive plastic surgeries.

The 5 most popularly performed types of plastic surgery

#Plastic Surgery TypeYear 2019
1Facial plastic surgeries665,988
2Female breast surgeries493,007
3Abdominal surgeries132,190
4Buttock surgeries33,499
5Male breast surgeries24,787

Facial plastic surgeries are most popular, followed by female breast surgeries.

While female breast augmentation is the single most commonly performed plastic surgery in the U.S., more plastic surgeries are done on the face than on any other part of the body.

Nine major cosmetic facial plastic surgeries exist—blepharoplasty, rhinoplasty, facelift, forehead lift, lip augmentation, otoplasty, chin augmentation, cheek implants, and lip reduction—while only four major cosmetic plastic surgeries exist for the female breasts—augmentation, lift, reduction, and implant removal.

Female breast surgeries are done on members of one sex; facial plastic surgeries can be done on anyone. Nevertheless, facial plastic surgeries are the most popular plastic surgeries performed.

The 20 most popularly performed plastic surgery procedures

#Plastic Surgery ProcedureYear 2019
1Breast augmentation299,715
3Eyelid surgery211,005
4Nose job207,284
6Tummy tuck123,427
7Breast lift113,188
8Neck lift54,852
9Breast reduction46,340
10Forehead lift37,246
11Breast implant removals33,764
12Lip augmentation31,789
13Buttock augmentation with fat grafting28,076
14Hair transplantation24,348
15Male breast reduction (Gynecomastia surgery)24,123
16Ear surgery (Otoplasty)22,968
17Upper arm lift18,313
18Chin augmentation16,446
19Cheek implants14,395

Statistics are projected based on data from 2.08% of surveyed physicians

The ASPS considers these the most reliable numbers available for the industry within the U.S. But all figures are projected. For 2019, the most recent year for which data is currently available, an annual questionnaire was distributed to more than 24,600 board-certified physicians.

Five hundred and twelve, or 2.08 percent, of those physicians, returned the questionnaire.

“Overall, 682 active physicians were included in the final sample,” the ASPS says. “All responses are aggregated and extrapolated to the entire population of more than 24,600 board-certified physicians most likely to perform cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery procedures…”

As every page of the ASPS report reiterates, “All figures are projected.”

Billions spent on tens of millions of procedures

According to the annual report, in 2019 U.S. consumers also spent $16.7 billion dollars on 18,160,785 surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures, for a 1 percent increase in procedures over 2018, and a 169 percent increase since the year 2000.

That increase is attributed to minimally invasive procedures, which are up 237 percent compared to the year 2000, while cosmetic surgeries are down five percent since then.

Surgical Times provides objective public interest reporting on the practice of plastic surgery and is not affiliated with or funded by any surgeon or practice.