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A What is the most common plastic surgery that people get? A question for Cleveland's premier plastic surgeon, Dr. Paul Vanek

Health Focus forum of Lake County’s News Herald with Dr. Paul Vanek of Vanek Plastic Surgery

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) just released 2016 data, announcing 17.1 million surgical and minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures were performed in the US, a 3% increase over 2015.

I have seen a tremendous increase in patients wanting to harvest their own fat from undesirable areas to enhance other parts of their body, and this is a national trend. These procedures are typically very successful, with longer lasting results. In 2016, breast augmentation using fat grafting increased 72%, buttock augmentation using fat grafting increased 26%, and minimally invasive cosmetic fat injections increased 13%.

These are the top 5 cosmetic surgical procedures performed in 2016:

  1. Breast augmentation (290,467 procedures);
  2. Liposuction (235,237);
  3. Nose reshaping (223,018);
  4. Eyelid surgery (209,020); and
  5. Facelifts (131,106).

The top two procedures were body-enhancing, and the next three focused on the face. Clearly this was also the focus of the top five cosmetic minimally-invasive procedures performed last year:

  1. Botulinum Toxin Type A (7 million procedures);
  2. Soft Tissue Fillers (2.6 million);
  3. Chemical Peel (1.36 million);
  4. Laser hair removal (1.1 million) and
  5. Microdermabrasion (775,000).

Newer, non-invasive fat reduction and skin tightening procedures also gained popularity.

Injection-based procedures targeting fat pockets in specific areas such as under the chin, increased 18%. Increasing 5% were fat reduction procedures using special technology to “freeze” fat without surgery, and skin tightening procedures targeting fat and tighten sagging areas.

With such huge growth, more places are offering these procedure. I strongly recommend that you only consult with board-certified ASPS-member plastic surgeons who perform to the highest medical standards.

Dr. Paul Vanek MD, FACS
Vanek Plastic Surgery
9485 Mentor Ave #100
Mentor, OH 44060