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The Top 5 Most Common Plastic Surgeries and What Orange County Residents Should Know

Hello, it’s Dr.Go from Newport Plastic Surgery with another GoPost!  With the United States again being the #1 society internationally to perform plastic surgeries, it is no wonder that other countries look to us as the pioneers and leaders of the cosmetic movement.  Today I would like to share with you the latest 2018 national cosmetic procedural statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) which indicates another healthy year of growth with nearly 17.7 million cosmetic procedures performed, a 2% increase from the previous year.  Of these, 1.8 million are surgeries whereas the other 15.9 million are attributable to the minimally invasive procedures such as Botox@, which remain extremely popular.

Top 5 Cosmetic Surgeries

Topping the list of cosmetic surgeries once again is breast augmentation at 313,735 procedures performed in 2018, which is an increase of 4% over the prior year.  Also on the rise which comes in at #2 is liposuction with 258,558 cases performed, a 5% increase from the previous year.  Still popular with coming in at #3, but showing a 2% decrease from before, is rhinoplasty, with 213,780 surgeries performed.  Next comes eyelid surgery/ blepharoplasty at #4 with 206,529 cases, a 1% decrease from before.  Rounding out the top 5 is abdominoplasty/ tummy tuck at 130,081 surgeries performed, which is roughly unchanged from the previous year.  I would say that these statistics pretty accurately reflects my own practice, with the exception that rhinoplasty is replaced by face and neck lifts, which is much more popular in my practice.  I have noticed that rhinoplasties have been on the decline, at least in southern California, perhaps due to an emphasis on the other cosmetic surgeries on the list in our sunny, beachy climate.

Top 5 Minimally Invasive Cosmetic Procedures

As popular as cosmetic surgeries are, they are overshadowed by the continued dominance of the minimally invasive cosmetic procedures, for which 15.9 million were performed last year alone.  Of these, topping the list for another straight year are the Botulinum toxin injectables, the most well-known being Botox@, at 7.4 million cases performed last year, a 3% increase. Falling in at #2 are the soft tissue fillers, such as Juvederm@ and Radiesse@, where 2.6 million procedures were performed at a 2% increase.  Not trailing far behind at #3 are chemical peels at 1.3 million done, a 1% increase from the previous year.  Rounding out the list at #4 and #5 are laser hair removal (1 million cases) and microdermabrasion (709,413 cases), which both show a decline of 1% and 4% respectively.  These ASPS statistics are an accurate reflection of my practice where neurotoxins and soft tissue fillers dominate the injectable market, with Xeomin@ and Radiesse@ being my most popular products.  Also, chemical peels have largely replaced microdermabrasion in my practice, likely due to the ease of application with superior results in my opinion.

Final Thoughts

Well, there you have it.  Cosmetic procedures, both surgical and minimally invasive, continue to thrive in their popularity and interest in our beauty-centric culture.  If you would like to obtain more details about these statistics, feel free to browse the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) website at  Otherwise, if you would like to learn more about these individual procedures, please give my office a call for a free consultation, and be sure to check out all of the helpful information on my website (*Link to website procedures page).  Until next time, be well and stay tuned for my next GoPost!

Parviz Hiroshi Goshtasby, M.D., F.A.C.S., a.k.a. “Dr.Go”

Newport Plastic Surgery, Inc.

Diplomate, American Board of Plastic Surgery

Diplomate, American Board of Surgery

Certification, Subspecialty of Surgery of the Hand

Fellow, American College of Surgeons


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Newport Beach, CA 92663

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