What is the best way to shape your body?

New data released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) reveals that Americans want to present their faces and bodies as best they can, as their plastic surgery statistics show a three percent increase in cosmetic procedures during the last year. According to ASPS statistics, there were 17.1 million cosmetic surgical and minimally invasive procedures performed in the United States in 2016. The data also shows new cosmetic trends in facelifts and fat manipulation.

Patients use their fat to fill and sculpt the body.

From reducing body fat to “harvesting” fat to improve other parts of the body, data shows new cosmetic procedural trends related to fat’s role in body shaping.

One trend we are seeing is an increase in fat filler procedures. Plastic surgeons harvest a patient’s unwanted fat from their abdomen using liposuction and then inject it to fill and rejuvenate other areas such as the face, buttocks, and even breasts. “Because the injected material is the patient’s fat, the results usually last longer than fillers (hyaluronic acid).”

  • Mini-invasive aesthetic fat injections increased by 13%
  • Buttock augmentation using fat injection increased by 26%
  • Breast augmentation using fat injection increased by 72%

Portrait of a group of real women in different body shapes posing in lingerie.

Also, new non-invasive procedures for fat removal and skin tightening are experiencing an increase in demand:

  • Injection procedures that aim to attack specific areas with fat (mesotherapy) such as the area under the chin increased by 18 %
  • Non-invasive procedures that freeze fat (Cryolipolysis, etc.) increased by 5%
  • Other non-surgical procedures that aim to tighten the skin and target fat (RadioFrequency, etc.) increased by 5%

These newer, non-invasive procedures appeal to a wide spectrum of patients. Even though they are not surgeries, patients should still take these procedures seriously. Before undergoing any procedure, consult with a board-certified ASPS surgeon who will ensure it is performed to the highest medical standards. These new, non-invasive procedures draw attention to a wide spectrum of patients. Even though they are not surgeries, patients should still take these procedures seriously. Before undergoing any procedure, consult with a certified surgeon who will ensure that the procedure is performed according to the highest medical standards.

It’s just about the face

The facelift, which didn’t make the top five cosmetic procedures in 2015, made a comeback in 2016, according to new statistics.

Patients are amazed by the immediate facial improvements. This is evident in the popularity of apps and filters that change the way we can shape and tone our faces. While there are more options than ever before for face rejuvenation, a procedure performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon can provide a dramatic and more lasting result, so I’m not surprised to see that facelifts the face return to the five most applied aesthetic surgical interventions.