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Plastic surgery statistics show the most popular surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures. As plastic surgery trends come and go, find out what’s changing in the world of cosmetic procedures every year. 

Cosmetic Surgery Statistics UK

2022 Cosmetic Surgery Stats

  • 44% increase in botched cosmetic procedures from abroad, according to BAAPS*
*The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) is made up of more than 350 member surgeons who aim to improve safety standards in the profession. The not-for-profit association regularly mandates its members to collect data. Members have to go through thorough screening, training, and assessments before joining BAAPS.  

Plastic Surgery Statistics 2021

How Many Get Plastic Surgery a Year in the UK?

  • Roughly 15 thousand cosmetic procedures were performed in 2021.
  • 551 consultants of plastic surgery in the UK. 
  • 43% of UK adults increasingly consider non-surgical cosmetic procedures as part of their normal beauty or grooming routine. 
As of 2021, here are the leading cosmetic surgery in the UK by monthly search volume: 
 
  1. Lip filler 
  2. Hair transplant 
  3. Botulinum toxin 
  4. Liposuction 
  5. Rhinoplasty 
 
RealSelf’s Most Worth It Report reveals the year’s most-loved aesthetic procedures based on RealSelf community members. Here are a few key takeaway points: 
 
  • Two highest rated procedures were a deep plane face lift and forehead reduction surgery 
  •  Body lift surgery and a mini tummy tuck achieve a 98% Worth It rating. 
  • Top rated breast implant brands from RealSelf community members include Motiva and Mentor 

Plastic Surgery on Women

In 2021, women had 93% of all cosmetic procedures performed in the UK. 

According to the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons statistics (BAAPS), the top surgical procedures for women in 2021 were:

  1. Breast Augmentation 
  2. Breast Reduction 
  3. Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery)
  4. Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) 
  5. Liposuction 
  6. Rhinoplasty 
  7. Face/Neck Lift
  8. Fat Transfer 
  9. Breast Implants Removal 
  10. Otoplasty (ear correction) 
  11. Brachioplasty (arm lift)  
  12. Brow Lift 
  13. Thigh Lift
  14. Lower Body Lift

Men and Plastic Surgery

In 2021, men had 7% of surgical cosmetic procedures performed in the UK. The most popular treatments for men this year were:

  1. Rhinoplasty 
  2. Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery)
  3. Otoplasty (ear correction)
  4. Breast Reduction 
  5. Liposuction 
  6. Abdominoplasty 
  7. Face/Neck Lift
  8. Fat Transfer 
  9. Brow Lift 
  10. Lower Body Lift
  11. Brachioplasty 
  12. Breast Implants Removal 
  13. Thigh Lift 

Breast Augmentation Statistics 2021  

In 2021, approximately 4 thousand breast augmentation procedures were performed. 

Brow Lift and Otoplasty 

The number of brow lift procedures in the UK decreased by 51% and otoplasty by 41% compared to the previous year. 

Rhinoplasty 

In 2021, 1,330 rhinoplasty procedures were performed, a decrease from the previous year. 

Eyelid Surgery 

Plastic surgeons performed 1.5 thousand eyelid surgeries in 2021. 

Facelift and Neck Lift

There were 901 neck and facelift procedures in 2021, a decrease from the previous year. 

Plastic Surgery Statistics 2020

In 2020, 21,174 surgical procedures were performed (a decrease of 24% from 2019). Women account for 92% of procedures, while men account for 8%. 

BAAPS reports a huge uptick in demand for virtual consultations through lockdown. 

Women

The most popular procedure performed on women was breast augmentation, followed by breast reduction. 

The top surgical procedures for women in 2020 were:

  1. Breast Augmentation 
  2. Breast Reduction 
  3. Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery)
  4. Abdominoplasty 
  5. Rhinoplasty 
  6. Liposuction 
  7. Face/Neck Lift
  8. Fat Transfer 
  9. Breast Implants Removal 
  10. Otoplasty (ear correction) 
  11. Brow Lift 
  12. Brachioplasty 
  13. Thigh Lift
  14. Lower Body Lift

Breast Implant Statistics 2020 

According to the NHS Breast and Cosmetic Implant Registry, 10,500 patients were recorded having at least 1 operation between January and December 2020. 

Men

For men, the most popular procedure performed in 2020 was rhinoplasty. 

The most popular treatments for men in this year were:

  1. Rhinoplasty 
  2. Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery)
  3. Otoplasty (ear correction)
  4. Breast Reduction 
  5. Liposuction 
  6. Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck for men
  7. Face/Neck Lift
  8. Fat Transfer 
  9. Brow Lift 
  10. Lower Body Lift
  11. Brachioplasty 
  12. Breast augmentation 
  13. Thigh Lift 
  14. Breast Implants Removal 

Plastic Surgery Statistics 2019

In 2019, about 27 thousand cosmetic procedures were performed in the UK (a decrease of 7.5% from the previous year). 

Women account for 92% of all cosmetic procedures, while men account for 8%. 

A report from RealSelf reported a 6% increase in male interest in non-surgical cosmetic procedures. Microneedling saw the highest increase in interest with a 27% rise. 

According to data from RealSelf, Botulinum toxin and breast augmentation were the most-researched cosmetic treatments in 2019. 

Women and Plastic Surgery

The top procedures for women in 2019 were: 

  1. Breast Augmentation 
  2. Breast Reduction 
  3. Abdominoplasty 
  4. Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery)
  5. Liposuction 
  6. Rhinoplasty 
  7. Face/Neck Lift
  8. Fat Transfer 
  9. Otoplasty (ear correction) 
  10. Brachioplasty 
  11. Brow Lift 
  12. Thigh Lift
  13. Lower Body Lift

Men and Cosmetic Surgery

For men, the most popular cosmetic procedures in the UK were: 

  1. Rhinoplasty 
  2. Otoplasty (ear correction)
  3. Breast Reduction 
  4. Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery)
  5. Liposuction 
  6. Abdominoplasty 
  7. Face/Neck Lift
  8. Fat Transfer 
  9. Lower Body Lift
  10. Brow Lift 
  11. Breast augmentation
  12. Brachioplasty
  13. Thigh Lift              

2018 Plastic Surgery Statistics

Here are some key plastic surgery statistics from 2018 in the UK: 

Women and Plastic Surgery

In 2018, the most popular procedures for women were: 

  1. Breast Augmentation 
  2. Breast Reduction
  3. Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery)
  4. Abdominoplasty 
  5. Liposuction 
  6. Rhinoplasty 
  7. Face/Neck Lift
  8. Fat Transfer 
  9. Otoplasty (ear correction) 
  10. Brow Lift 

Men and Cosmetic Surgery

For men, the most popular cosmetic procedures in the UK were: 

  1. Rhinoplasty 
  2. Otoplasty (ear correction)
  3. Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery)
  4. Breast Reduction 
  5. Liposuction 
  6. Abdominoplasty 
  7. Face/Neck Lift
  8. Fat Transfer 
  9. Brow Lift 

2017 Plastic Surgery Stats

Standout plastic surgery stats of 2017 include:

  • Over 28 thousand operations take place according to BAAPS
  • The number of female facelifts dropped by 44% 
  • Liposuction for men down 20% 

Botched Cosmetic Procedures 

In 2017, an internal survey of BAAPS members revealed an 80% increase in requests for fixing botched cosmetic procedures. 

Some BAAPS members report that as much as a third of patients come from fixing other people’s mistakes. 

BAAPS surgeons cited three main reasons why revisions were needed: 

  • Poor patient selection 
  • Lack of training 
  • Cheap cosmetic surgery prices abroad 

2016 Plastic Surgery Statistics

Women

In 2016, the most popular cosmetic procedure for women was breast augmentation. 

Men

For men, the most popular procedure was rhinoplasty. 

Other key plastic surgery stats of 2016 were:

  • The number of people in the UK undergoing cosmetic procedures was the lowest in almost a decade
  • Just below 31 thousand surgical procedures were performed by BAAPS members 
  • 48% decrease in men’s procedures
  • The number of surgical procedures dropped 40% since record highs in 2015 
  • Non-surgical treatments such as injectables remain steady 

2015 Plastic Surgery Statistics

In 2015, the number of cosmetic procedures performed was 51 thousand. Between 2003 and 2015, the number of cosmetic procedures carried out increased five-fold

Key plastics surgery statistics of 2015 were:

  • Women’s cosmetic surgery increased by 12.5%
  • Breast augmentation remains the most popular procedure for women 
  • Male face/neck lifts increased by 14% 
  • Men accounted for 9% of all procedures in 2015, but those numbers have almost doubled from 2005 to 2015, according to BAAPS

Eyelid Surgery

The number of blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) procedures performed in the UK reached its peak in 2015, with about 8.7 thousand operations carried out. 

Liposuction 

There were 5.5 thousand liposuction procedures in 2015. 

Top Surgical Procedures for Women in 2015

  1. Breast Augmentation 
  2. Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery)
  3. Face/Neck Lift
  4. Breast Reduction
  5. Liposuction 
  6. Rhinoplasty 
  7. Fat Transfer 
  8. Abdominoplasty 
  9. Otoplasty (ear correction) 
  10. Brow Lift 

Top Surgical Procedures for Men in 2015

  1. Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery)
  2. Rhinoplasty 
  3. Breast Reduction 
  4. Liposuction 
  5. Otoplasty (ear correction)
  6. Face/Neck Lift
  7. Fat Transfer 
  8. Brow Lift 
  9. Abdominoplasty 
  10. Breast augmentation

2010-2014 Cosmetic Surgery Statistics

Plastic surgery data from 2014:

  • The number of surgical cosmetic procedures decreased by 9%
  • Breast augmentation or boob jobs keep the top spot as the most popular surgical procedure
  • Male cosmetic surgery fell by 15%
  • Male patients accounted for 9% of all cosmetic procedures in 2014 
  • 45,506 surgical procedures performed by BAAPS members 

Key cosmetic surgery stats from 2013:

  • The number of breast augmentation procedures in the UK peaked in 2013 at over 11 thousand
  • 50,122 surgical procedures performed by BAAPS members (16.5% increase)
  • Liposuction procedures on women increased by a whopping 43% 
  • Male surgery increased by 16.5% 
  • 13% rise in breast augmentation surgery 
  • 28% increase in body contouring procedures in men with liposuction

Key cosmetic surgery statistics from 2012:

  • Male brow lifts were up 19%
  • 43,172 procedures performed by BAAPS members
  • Anti-ageing procedures reported a double-digit rise 
  • Women had more fat injecting than fat removing procedures for the first time 
  • Demand for a tummy tuck and liposuction dipped by 14% and 12%, respectively 
  • Male surgery fell by 4.5% 

Plastic surgery statistics from 2011:

  • Male tummy tucks were up 15% 
  • No cosmetic procedure decreases from the previous year 
  • 43,069 surgical procedures performed by BAAPS members 
  • Fat transfer procedures went up 5% for both genders
  • Breast augmentation numbers were nearly double the next most popular procedure 

Key cosmetic surgery statistics from 2010

  • 38,274 surgical procedures performed by BAAPS members 
  • 10% growth in breast augmentation procedures 
  • 12% increase in facelifts for both men and women 
  • Gynaecomastia or ‘man boobs’ surgery demand increased by 28% 
  • Women had 90% of all procedures while men had 10%

Plastic Surgery Statistics US

2021 Plastic Surgery Stats

The United States is the country with the highest number of plastic surgeons.

From 1997 to 2021, the demand for cosmetic procedures has grown significantly:

In 2021, there were over 5.5 million non-surgical cosmetic treatments involving fillers and toxins in the United States. Neurotoxins were the most popular procedure among all age groups.  

Other standout plastic surgery stats from 2021 include: 

Liposuction 

In 2021, over 491 thousand liposuction procedures were performed in the US. Liposuction continues to be the most popular cosmetic procedure for both men and women in the United States.  

Breast Surgeries  Breast procedures like breast reduction, breast augmentation, and breast lifts were up 48% from 2020 to 2021, according to the 2021 Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Statistics

Top Procedures for Men in 2021

The top 5 cosmetic procedures for men in 2021 were: 

  1. Liposuction:
  2. Gynaecomastia
  3. Blepharoplasty
  4. Rhinoplasty 
  5. Abdominoplasty 

Top Procedures for Women in 2021

The top cosmetic procedures for women in the US in 2021 were: 

  1. Liposuction
  2. Breast Augmentation
  3. Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
  4. Mastopexy (Breast Lift)
  5. Removal/Replacement of Breast Implants
  6. Blepharoplasty

2020 Cosmetic Procedures Statistics

In 2020, the United States was the country with the largest number of cosmetic procedures

Americans spent over $9 billion dollars on aesthetic plastic surgery. 

Here are some standout statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons 2020 Plastic Surgery Statistics Report:

  1. 2.3 million cosmetic procedures and 13.2 million minimally invasive cosmetic procedures performed
  2. The total number of cosmetic procedures decreased from the previous year  
  3. Top 5 cosmetic procedures: nose reshaping, eyelid surgery, facelift, liposuction, and breast augmentation 
  4. 352,555 rhinoplasty procedures were performed in 2020, moving breast augmentation out of the top place.
  5. The average time Board-certified plastic surgeons stopped performing surgical procedures due to COVID-19 was 8.1 weeks. 
  6. Women account for 92% of procedures while men account for 8%

Breast Implant Statistics 2020 

In 2020, silicone implants were used in 84% of breast augmentation procedures, while saline implants were in 16% of operations. 

US Cosmetic Surgery Statistics 2019

Statistics show that approximately 39% of cosmetic surgery patients in 2019 were between the ages of 35 and 50.

Here are some key highlights from the ASPS Statistics 2019 Plastic Surgery Report

  • The top surgical cosmetic procedures were breast augmentation, breast implant removals, breast lift, and breast reduction in men. 
  • The top minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures are Botulinum Toxin Type A, cellulite treatment, and chemical peel. 

Liposuction 

Liposuction is the most common plastic surgery in the USA and the second most common cosmetic surgery performed worldwide, with 1.7 million procedures in 2019. 

The most common cosmetic surgical procedure worldwide is breast augmentation.

Labiaplasty 

Labiaplasty growth increased by 29% from 2015 to 2019. 

Buttock Surgery 

Buttock augmentation increased by 38.5% in 2019, and buttock lifts by 25.5%, according to The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS). 

2018 Plastic Surgery Data

In 2018, nearly 18 million people underwent surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures in the United States. 

The top 5 cosmetic procedures include: 

  1. Breast augmentation (4% increase) 
  2. Liposuction (an increase of 12 thousand procedures from 2017) 
  3. Nose reshaping 
  4. Eyelid surgery 
  5. Tummy tuck 

2017 Cosmetic Surgery Rates

In 2017, 17.5 million cosmetic procedures were performed, up 2% from the previous year (15.5 million minimally invasive and 1.8 million surgical procedures).  

The number of breast reduction procedures performed also increased by 11% from the previous year. 

The top 5 surgical cosmetic procedures were: 

  1. Breast augmentation (3% increase) 
  2. Liposuction (5% increase) 
  3. Nose reshaping 
  4. Eyelid surgery 
  5. Tummy tuck 

The top 5 non-surgical cosmetic procedures were: 

  1. Botulinum Toxin
  2. Soft tissue fillers 
  3. Chemical peels
  4. Laser hair removal 
  5. Microdermabrasion 

Buttock Augmentation 

In 2017, buttock augmentation with fat grafting increased by 10%. 

Between 2016 and 2017, buttock lift procedures also increased by 13%. 

2016 Plastic Surgery Stats

In 2016, 17.1 million cosmetic procedures were performed (a 3% increase from the previous year), according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons

The region with the most cosmetic procedures performed in the US was Mountain/Pacific. 

The top 5 cosmetic procedures were: 

  1. Breast augmentation (4% increase) 
  2. Liposuction (6% increase) 
  3. Nose reshaping 
  4. Eyelid surgery 
  5. Facelift 

2015 Cosmetic Surgery Statistics

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 15.9 million cosmetic procedures were performed in 2015 (a 2% increase from the previous year). 

Women account for 92% of all procedures, and men for 8%. 

The majority of cosmetic procedures (49%) were performed on patients aged 40-54. 

The top 5 cosmetic procedures were: 

  1. Breast augmentation (2% decrease) 
  2. Liposuction (5% increase) 
  3. Nose reshaping 
  4. Eyelid surgery 
  5. Tummy tuck 

Some of the most notable changes include a 28% increase in buttock augmentation and an 8% increase in lower body lifts. 

2010-2014 Plastic Surgery Statistics US

Key plastic surgery data from 2014:

  • Americans spent more than 12 billion dollars between 2013 and 2014
  • Liposuction was the most popular procedure 
  • 86% increase in buttock augmentation 
  • 43% increase in non-surgical fat reduction 
  • Over 10 million surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures performed 

Key cosmetic surgery stats from 2013:

  • Over 11 million surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures performed
  • 6.5% total increase in plastic surgery (surgical and non-surgical) 
  • Liposuction was the most popular procedure 
  • Buttock augmentation and labiaplasty had significant increases in demand 

Key cosmetic surgery statistics from 2012:

  • Over 10 million surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures performed 
  • 3.1% increase in total procedures performed 
  • Breast augmentation was the most popular procedure
  • 250% increase in total cosmetic procedures since 1997 

Plastic surgery statistics from 2011:

  • Breast enhancement was the top surgical procedure
  • Decrease in hair transplants by 17%
  • Increase in chin augmentation by 78% 
  • Male procedures rise by 6% 

Key cosmetic surgery statistics from 2010

  • From 2009-2010 there was a 9% increase in total cosmetic procedures 
  • Women account for 92% of procedures while men account for 8%
  • Men had more than 750,000 cosmetic procedures
  • Americans spent almost $10.7 billion dollars on cosmetic procedures 

Plastic Surgery Statistics Worldwide Q&A

How Many People Get Plastic Surgery a Year?

The ISAPS Global Survey Report 2020 states that 10,129,528 surgical procedures and 14,400,347 non-surgical procedures were performed in 2020. 

The three most common surgical procedures worldwide were breast augmentation, liposuction, and eyelid surgery. 

How Many Plastic Surgeons in the World? 

Plastic surgery is a growing industry. As of 2020, the United States reported the largest number of plastic surgeons, with 7,000

Brazil has the second largest number of plastic surgeons, followed by China. 

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