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Plastic Surgery Trends in 2015

Posted by Briggs Bedigian | Mar 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons recently published a report, detailing all of the plastic surgeries performed over the course of 2015. The numbers show some fascinating changes from prior years, and some interesting trends in the types of plastic surgeries now in demand.

In general, facial cosmetic surgeries such as chin augmentations, eyelid surgeries, forehead and face lifts were less in demand in 2015 than they were in 2014. On the other hand, breast reductions and butt procedures were performed at a significantly higher rate in 2015.

Facelifts Fall, Tummy Tucks Rise

For the first time since 2000, facelifts were not one of the five most common plastic surgery procedures. The surgery has been slowly declining for years, falling from nearly 134,000 procedures performed during 2000 to under 126,000 in 2015. However, the surgery had still remained one of the most popular cosmetic ones in the U.S. until it was supplanted by the growing number of abdominoplasty procedures done in 2015. This surgery, also known as a tummy tuck, was done more than twice as often in 2015 than it had been in 2000, reaching the top five for the first time.

The other procedures in the five most common cosmetic surgeries for 2015 were breast augmentation, liposuction, nose reshaping, and eyelid surgery.

Butt Implants and Lifts Surging in Popularity

The report shows that two surgeries – butt implants and butt lifts – are surging in popularity. Both procedures increased by 36% over the course of the past year. In fact, the number of cosmetic butt lifts reached 4,767 in 2015, a 252% change since 2000.

Posterior cosmetic surgeries as a whole saw an uptick in 2015. In addition to implants and lifts, a procedure that grafts fat onto a patient's butt was also performed 28% more often in 2015 than it was in 2014.

Breast Reductions for Men More in Demand

Another surgery that proved to be more in demand over the past year than in years prior was the male breast reduction. This procedure, which reduces the size or changes the shape of a man's breast, was performed 27,456 times in 2015, a 5% increase over 2014, and a 35% increase over 2000.

If Something Goes Wrong, Medical Malpractice Attorneys Can Help

The cosmetic surgeries mentioned above are those that require an invasive procedure. These are only a fraction of the total number of cosmetic procedures done in the U.S. every year, with non-invasive ones such as Botox injections exponentially increasing the total number of cosmetic procedures done every year.

One thing that all surgical procedures have in common is the risk of complications, or to be performed poorly as to constitute medical malpractice. If you or a loved one has been through a cosmetic surgery that went bad, call the law office of Gilman & Bedigian at (800) 529-6162 or contact us online.

About the Author

Briggs Bedigian

H. Briggs Bedigian (“Briggs”) is a founding partner of Gilman & Bedigian, LLC.  Prior to forming Gilman & Bedigian, LLC, Briggs was a partner at Wais, Vogelstein and Bedigian, LLC, where he was the head of the firm's litigation practice.  Briggs' legal practice is focused on representing clients involved in medical malpractice and catastrophic personal injury cases. 

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