Tragic: 18 Million Americans Got Plastic Surgery Procedures Last Year

There were 1.8 million cosmetic surgical procedures and 15.9 million cosmetic minimally invasive procedures performed in 2018, according to a report from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. (Photo: BraunS, Getty Images)

Almost 18 million people might look a little different today than they did a year ago, according to data released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons on Monday.

The organization composed of board-certified plastic surgeons reported seeing a rise in overall plastic surgery and nearly a quarter million more cosmetic procedures in 2018 compared with 2017 in its annual statistics report. An uptick in minimally invasive procedures isn’t surprising, as more are available now than in years past.

A fading stigma of plastic surgery also could be contributing to numbers, as Dr. Alan Matarasso, president of the plastic surgeons society, told USA TODAY his patients are more “out of the closet” about work they’ve had done. He recalled a teen patient who recently had a nose job taking photos of herself in the recovery room.

Of the more than 1.8 million cosmetic surgeries tracked by the society in 2018, the top five were: breast augmentations; liposuction; nose reshaping; eyelid surgery; and tummy tuck.

Nonsurgical procedures totaled 15.9 million, according to the report. The most popular minimally invasive procedures were: botulinum toxin type A (including Botox), soft tissue fillers, chemical peel, laser hair removal and microdermabrasion.

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SOURCE: USA Today – Ashley May