New Data Reveals the Most-Requested Surgical Procedures of 2020


Every year, The Aesthetic Society taps its board of top plastic surgeons to collect detailed information about plastic surgery trends and data. Ahead, the most surprising findings from 2020’s report, released this week.

A Rise in Downtime Made Room for Bigger Surgeries
In March of 2020, the last thing we would have predicted is a rise in plastic surgery procedures. Instead, plastic surgery revenue skyrocketed, finishing with a total revenue of more than $9 billion. “2020 was a unique year to say the least. We believe there were several factors that came together to drive aesthetic surgery even during the pandemic—the boom in video calls and more opportunity for discreet downtime,” says president of The Aesthetic Society and St. Louis, MI plastic surgeon Herluf G. Lund, MD.

According to the report, the most popular body surgeries in 2020 were liposuction, breast augmentation, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), breast implant removal, and mastopexy (breast lift). Together, these five procedures have brought in a whopping $6,176,599,828 worth of revenue for the industry, excluding nonsurgical procedures such as dermal fillers and laser treatments.

The Zoom Boom Was Real
Looking into the Zoom camera highlighted room for improvement in the facial area for many of us. The most popular facial plastic surgery procedure of 2020 was a facelift, totaling 56,084 procedures across the globe. Next in line was the browlift, which was performed on a total of 31,404 patients, with facial fat injections coming in third at 28,376 total surgeries.

Nonsurgical Trends
A cool $1,079,779,426 was spent on neurotoxins alone in 2020, with 2,643,366 people requesting the treatment. Dermal fillers were also high on the most-sought-after list—1,313,206 treatments were given in 2020—as were skin treatments such as chemical peels and Hydrofacials, racking up 1,038,968 total treatments. Unsurprisingly, combination lasers also accounted for 280,815 of the 2,190,542 nonsurgical energy treatments performed last year.

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