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Is Plastic Surgery More Common Now?

Loeb Staff | August 16, 2022 | Posted in News

Have you been having trouble losing those love handles despite dieting and exercising? Or perhaps you gave birth awhile back and no matter how many crunches you do, you just can’t seem to get your abs back. Now you’re thinking about having plastic surgery, and you’re certainly not alone. Plastic surgery is definitely far more common these days than it used to be. Take a look at the stats.

Plastic surgery trends and statistics

When looking at recent plastic surgery trends and statistics, it’s important to keep in mind the data isn’t necessarily reliable over the past couple of years because of the pandemic. Because elective cosmetic procedures were not considered essential, plastic surgery offices all over the country had their doors shuttered for quite a long time. Instead, taking a look at slightly older data will provide a more accurate snapshot of the popularity of plastic surgery.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), in 2022, breast augmentation was the second most commonly requested cosmetic surgery. It was performed 298,568 times during that year in the U.S., compared to 287,085 times during 2019. Almost 4% more people had breast augmentation in 2022 than in 2019, which certainly shows that plastic surgery is far more common and accepted these days.

Liposuction is also a very popular procedure, with over 325,669 patients requesting it in 2022 compared to 265,209 in 2019. Overall, the ASPS reported that there were roughly 240,000 more cosmetic procedures done during 2022 than in 2019.

It’s also worth noting that these days, patients have access to a greater range of clinically proven procedures and techniques than they used to. In 2022, over 28,000 people had a Brazilian butt lift with fat grafting. Comparatively, the ASPS did not track data for this procedure in 2000 because it was done so rarely.

Why is plastic surgery more common these days?

Cultural and societal acceptance of plastic surgery has grown steadily over the past couple of decades. In general, people are more willing to share their personal stories of self-care with their friends, family, and even complete strangers. Social media is playing a role in this trend, as people see influencers posting their before and after pictures, as well as video discussions of what they’ve had done.

Millennials are often credited with driving this trend toward openness and acceptance, and that appears to be having a positive effect on the older generations, as well.

Another reason why plastic surgery has become so popular is the incredible advances in medical science and medical technology. Plastic surgeons have greater access to highly effective and safe techniques and equipment (e.g., lasers) that they didn’t have just a few decades ago. These days, plastic surgery improvements can look completely natural.

Are you ready to take the first step?

These days, cosmetic surgery isn’t stigmatized; it’s considered quite normal to have a procedure or two done. When and if you’re ready to make the first move toward achieving the look you’ve been dreaming about, call the Manhattan office of Dr. Thomas Loeb, a board-certified surgeon with a global reputation for both remarkable artistry and unparalleled technical skills.

Dr. Loeb prioritizes the health and safety of his patients above all else, and ensures that each patient receives a thorough education before moving forward with any procedure. Call today and look forward to a more confident tomorrow!

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