America’s Love Affair with…Breast Augmentation?

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America’s Love Affair with…Breast Augmentation?

Did you know there were 15.9 million surgical and minimally invasive cosmetic procedures performed in the United States in 2015? America has a love affair with plastic surgery – especially breast augmentation.

2015 Top Plastic Surgery Procedure: Breast Augmentation

It was in 1962 that the first silicone breast implant surgery was performed, just three years after our beloved (and anatomically impossible) Barbie hit the scene. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), breast augmentation is still in the top spot for most popular plastic surgery procedures, with 279,143 procedures recorded (and that number grows to nearly 400,000 if you add breast lifts) – more popular than rhinoplasty and liposuction.

Here is a breakdown of plastic surgery procedures performed in 2015 in the US

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Liposuction jumped into second place (222,051 procedures) while nose reshaping came in third (217,979 procedures). Butt procedures were the fastest growing type of cosmetic surgery in 2015, with a buttock procedure performed every 30 minutes of every day, on average. There were 14,705 butt augmentations with fat grafting, also known as Brazilian butt lift, up 28 percent from 2014 to 2015.

Over the past year, the number of breast reconstruction procedures has also increased by 4% to more than 106,000 surgeries. ASPS credits that rise in part to a breast reconstruction awareness campaign the organization launched in 2012 to promote the procedure to women following a breast cancer diagnosis and mastectomy.

Male Plastic Surgery Trends

Another facet of the business that’s changing is the patient base. Men are getting more plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures than ever, and for the first time, men accounted for more than 40% of the total 68,106 breast reduction surgeries performed in the United States, according to the report. That’s a 5% increase over the previous year and a 35% growth in the procedure among men since 2000.

Orange County Breast Augmentation | John Park MD Plastic Surgery

Irvine, California is home to double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. John Park. Contact him today to schedule a consultation if you’re considering breast augmentation or another cosmetic procedure .

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