The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), has recently released data regarding the prevalence of plastic surgery within the US. It was revealed that almost a staggering quarter of a million additional procedures were carried out throughout 2018 than in the previous year. It also revealed the tummy tuck was one of the top 5 procedures carried out.
Over 1.8 million cosmetic surgery procedures carried out
Of the 17.7 million aesthetic treatments carried out in 2018, 1.8 million were cosmetic surgery procedures. The figure appears to be increasing steadily year upon year, likely down to both social media pressures and continual improvements with techniques.
While cosmetic surgery procedures are steadily on the rise, non-surgical procedures make up the biggest part of the market, with 15.9 million minimally invasive procedures carried out last year alone.
Top cosmetic surgery ops focused on the body
What is interesting about the new statistics, is that there has been a shift in focus from the face to the body. The top surgical procedures carried out in 2018 include:
- Breast augmentation – 313,735 procedures
- Liposuction – 258,558 procedures
- Nose reshaping – 213,780 procedures
- Eyelid surgery – 206,529 procedures
- Tummy tuck – 130,081 procedures
Nose reshaping and eyelid surgery procedures were the only ones in the top five to see a decrease, while tummy tuck procedure figures remained strong.
Surgical and non-surgical procedures often combined
In order to achieve optimal results, surgeons typically combine a range of surgical and non-surgical procedures. For example, patients undergoing a facelift, may also be provided with dermal fillers or anti-wrinkle injections to maximise the results. Similarly, patients undergoing a tummy tuck procedure will often undergo a minimally invasive liposuction contouring procedure too.
Trends are frequently changing in the cosmetic surgery field; however, tummy tucks do remain one of the most popular procedures. Although linked to a long recovery, it remains the most effective option for achieving a smooth, flat stomach area if the problem relates to sagging, excess skin or lax stomach muscles. During your London tummy tuck consultation with Mr Paul Tulley he will discuss whether an abdominoplasty is the most appropriate procedure for you; call 020 7183 1559 to arrange.