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2015 Saw a Rise in Plastic Surgery


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The latest statistics from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) are in, and the findings are clear: plastic surgery is more popular than ever. In fact, in 2015 alone, Americans spent over $13.5 billion dollars on cosmetic procedures — that’s $1.5 billion more than the previous year. These figures take into account an increase in both surgical and non-surgical procedures: surgical procedures experienced a 7 percent increase from the previous year while non-surgical procedures saw a more significant uptick at 22 percent.

In this blog post, Northern New Jersey Plastic Surgeon Dr. Erwin Bulan discusses these ASAPS statistics further, along with the reasons why so many people are turning to plastic surgery to improve their appearance.

The Most Popular Procedures of 2015

Liposuction tops the list of the most popular surgical procedure in 2015, with over 1.9 million procedures performed. Breast augmentation was second on the list, with 305, 856 surgeries performed. Tummy tuck, eyelid surgery and breast lift surgery rounded out the top-5 list. As for non-surgical procedures, Botox injections took the lead, with over 4.2 million treatments performed. Hyaluronic acid fillers (Juvederm, Voluma, etc.) were second on the list, with more than 2.1 million treatments performed. Hair removal treatments, chemical peels and microdermabrasion also made the list, following Botox and fillers.

Procedures Showing the Most Significant Increase

The surgical procedures that saw a significant increase from 2014 to 2015 are buttock lifts (up 32 percent) and male breast reduction surgery (up 26 percent). Non-surgical procedures also showed a substantial rise, including non-surgical skin tightening, which saw a whopping 58 percent increase, and injectable treatments (including Botox and Juvederm), which were up 21 percent from the previous year.

What Do These Numbers Tell Us?

The marked increase of people having plastic surgery reflects a growing marketplace with a wider array of patient choices — both surgical and non-surgical. People who previously wouldn’t consider going under the knife are responding positively to less invasive treatments like injectable fillers and the like. And as technologies advance and plastic surgeons are able to more closely tailor their techniques to meet the surgery goals of each individual patient, more people are realizing that they can achieve natural-looking yet noticeable results through procedures that take into account their specific face and body structure in order to enhance — instead of alter — their appearance.

Discuss Your Plastic Surgery Goals with Dr. Bulan

If you live in or are planning to visit the Northern New Jersey area, schedule your own private consultation with Dr. Bulan in order to discuss your plastic surgery goals. Contact Bulan Plastic Surgery today by calling (973) 467-9744.