Top Plastic Surgery Trends: Discover Why 2018 Was “Year of the Body”

The American Society of Plastic Surgery recently released statistics showing the top 5 cosmetic surgical and minimally invasive procedures, concluding that 2018 was the “Year of the Body.” Breast augmentation, one of my Las Vegas practice’s most requested procedures, remained in the top spot once again.

The trends overall showed a growing interest in plastic surgery and its ability to correct cosmetic issues and enhance natural beauty. Body contouring and facial procedures in particular proved to be especially helpful to men and women hoping to look and feel better than they did before. Below are the top five procedures of 2018, as outlined in the ASPS report.

Breast Augmentation

It’s no surprise that breast augmentation tops the list of the most popular procedures, with 313,735 surgeries performed in 2018, up 4% from 2017. Breast augmentation technology is more advanced than ever before, allowing for breasts that look and feel natural. The customizable nature of the surgery and its many adjustable factors, such as implant size, type, and placement, makes it a favorite as well.


With 258,558 procedures performed, up 5% from 2017, liposuction is still one of the most effective ways to reduce fat in problem areas. According to ASPS president Alan Matarasso, “Liposuction continues to be the gold standard in body contouring because of its versatility, efficiency, and effectiveness.” Liposuction is also one of the most requested procedures at our practice, often used as an enhancement to other body contouring procedures


While it went down 2% from 2017, rhinoplasty (nose surgery) still took a top spot with 213,780 procedures. Nose reshaping may be trending slightly down due to increasingly affordable and effective nonsurgical options. Various injectables such as dermal fillers can now be used to even out unwanted nose bumps or contouring issues, although the results are temporary.

Eyelid Surgery

Also trending down with 206,529 procedures performed, eyelid surgery is another procedure being replaced or delayed by dermal fillers and BOTOX® Cosmetic. I still recommend the surgical route for men and women who struggle with excessive drooping in the upper eyelids, since it can provide a more effective and long-lasting solution.

Tummy Tuck

Surgeons performed 130,081 tummy tuck procedures last year, about the same amount as in 2017. The tummy tuck is often used in conjunction with liposuction to achieve optimal body contouring results. This procedure is especially popular after pregnancy or weight loss since it removes excess skin caused by stretching.

Plastic surgery can be a powerful way to enhance your appearance and boost your confidence, and more people are discovering its positive effects every year. Our practice’s priority is working closely with you to help you achieve your aesthetic goals in a safe and supportive environment.

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If you would like to learn more about plastic surgery procedures like breast augmentation at our Las Vegas practice, please contact us online or call (702) 734-4100.

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