Enlarge Your Breasts? Get a Nose Job? Millions Are Doing It


So, what kind of “work” are people having these days? A new report from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons shows a rise in body-shaping cosmetic procedures, with spikes in non-invasive fat reduction, breast augmentation, and liposuction.

A total number of 17.7 million cosmetic procedures (1.8 million surgeries and 15.9 million minimally invasive procedures) were performed in the U.S. in 2018, about a quarter million more than in 2017, and a number that’s risen steadily over the past five years.

In 2018, the most common plastic surgeries were, in order:

  • Breast augmentation
  • Liposuction
  • Nose reshaping
  • Eyelid surgery
  • Tummy tuck

The top five minimally invasive cosmetic procedures involved:

  • Botulinum toxin type A (Botox)
  • Soft tissue fillers
  • Chemical peel
  • Laser hair removal
  • Microdermabrasion

The rate of body-sculpting procedures like buttock augmentations and thigh lifts also went up from 2017 to 2018.