Plastic Surgery Trends in 2018: A Top NJ Surgeon Explains

Plastic surgery data can be very interesting. Since many of the procedures are cosmetic in nature, they shed light on changing preferences and social standards. South Korea is the world leader in plastic surgery because up to 50% of the nation’s women (ages 19-29) undergo at least one cosmetic procedure. In America, breast augmentation and fat reduction procedures stay in the top spot and women make up the majority of people undergoing cosmetic surgical procedures.

To learn this information, we analyze data and identify emerging trends in the field of plastic surgery. The numbers in this article are from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). The stats from 2018 tell us what to expect in the field of plastic surgery. New Jersey surgeon Dr. Berlet will break it down for you.

What is the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)?

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons is the largest plastic surgery specialty organization in the world. Founded in 1931, the Society represents 93% of all board-certified plastic surgeons in the U.S. and more than eight thousand plastic surgeons worldwide. This makes the ASPS a global institution and leading authority on cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery.

They collect and release plastic surgery statistics from year to year. Various graphs, press releases, and reports are available to the public for education and research purposes. They have an archive going back 13 years.

Are ‘plastic surgery’ and ‘cosmetic surgery’ the same thing?

The terms are often used interchangeably in conversation, but they mean two different things. Cosmetic surgery refers to procedures performed for cosmetic purposes, such as breast augmentation. The reconstruction of body parts after disease or trauma is called plastic surgery, such as revision rhinoplasty. New Jersey surgeon Dr. Berlet says patients often confuse the two. This is perhaps due to the popularization of “plastic surgery” in celebrity culture.

A third term that falls under the umbrella of “plastic surgery” is non-surgical or minimally invasive procedures. Some popular non-surgical procedures include BOTOX injections, facial fillers, and laser hair removal.

Recent trends in cosmetic surgery: 2018 breakdown

In a recent press release, ASPS said the number of cosmetic procedures climbed steadily over the last five years. Now the stats for 2018 are in. In the last year, over 17.7 million cosmetic procedures occurred. 1.8 million were surgical procedures, and 15.9 million were minimally invasive procedures.

Which procedures people were most interested in? Which procedures were more or less popular in 2018?

Let’s dive into the details.

What were the most commonly requested plastic surgeries?

According to the data released by ASPS, these are the top five cosmetic surgeries performed in 2018.

Breast augmentation

Breast augmentation continues to reign at the top spot, with 313,735 of these surgeries being performed last year. That is an increase of roughly 4% since 2017.


During liposuction, a slim tube (cannula) is inserted into your body through incisions to loosen fat. The fat is then removed by suction. Surgeons performed this procedure a total of 258,558 times last year, which represents a 5% increase.

Rhinoplasty (Nose Reshaping)

Rhinoplasty or nose reshaping is another popular surgical procedure, with 213,780 surgeries being performed in 2018.

Eyelid surgery

This procedure corrects drooping eyelids. 206,529 eyelifts (or eyelid surgeries) were performed in 2018, which is down 1% from the previous year. The patient can have eyelid surgery on the upper and/or lower lids, based on his or her individual needs.

Tummy tuck

Also known as an abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck involves reshaping the abdominal area and removing excess skin. 2017 saw a 2% increase in the number of tummy tucks performed. However, there was no significant change in 2018, with 130,081 tummy tuck procedures throughout the year.

What were the most-requested non-surgical procedures?

According to the report from ASPS, the top five minimally-invasive procedures from 2018 were:

Botulinum Toxin Type A

Botulinum Toxin, or BOTOX injections, were the most popular procedure in this category. 7.44 million BOTOX procedures occurred last year, which is a 3% increase compared to 2017. It’s not surprising, considering the many benefits of BOTOX.

Soft tissue fillers

Soft tissue fillers came second by a large margin, with 2.68 million procedures. That is a 2% increase since the previous year.

Chemical peel

This procedure entails the application of a chemical solution to the skin to treat scars, discoloration, and wrinkles. 1.38 million procedures took place in 2018, representing a 1% increase compared to 2017.

Laser hair removal

Laser hair removal has been popular for many years. Last year, 1.1 million laser hair removal procedures occurred across the country. The change from the previous year is -1%.


This procedure improves skin tone and texture. It also removes fine lines, wrinkles, acne, and reduce the signs of sun damage. There was a noticeable drop in 2018. 709,413 procedures took place throughout the year, which is a change of -4%.

Body modification is trending up

Of the top five surgical procedures, three are body-specific, while only two pertain to the face. Breast augmentation and liposuction aren’t new to the top spot. Alan Matarasso, the President of ASPS says “Liposuction continues to be the gold standard in body contouring because of its versatility, efficiency, and effectiveness.”

Because of the trend towards body shaping procedures, 2018 has been named the “Year of the Body” by the ASPS.

Experts think that the reduced interest in facial surgeries might be because there are less-invasive options available. For example, there are no real substitutes for liposuction or breast augmentation. However, there are non-surgical alternatives for a rhinoplasty. They do not know what caused an increased interest in the two body-related procedures.

Undergoing plastic surgery in New Jersey

If you’re looking for a skilled plastic surgeon in the Bergen County area, schedule a consultation with Dr. Berlet today! Dr. Berlet has been in practice as a New Jersey plastic surgeon for over 20 years in Essex County, Bergen County, and the surrounding areas.

He has a strong reputation due to his breadth of expertise in a wide array of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery procedures. New York Magazine and New Jersey Magazine recognized Dr. Berlet repeatedly as a “Top Doctor”. His clients are high-profile people in the entertainment industry including many models and centerfolds.

Dr. Berlet has a thriving practice that specializes in a variety of cosmetic and reconstructive procedures. He has a particular interest and talent in facial aesthetics, as well as breast and body contouring. Dr. Berlet also has a significant reputation for his reconstructive surgical abilities. He re-builds breasts following cancer treatment using state-of-the-art techniques.

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