The 10 Most Common Plastic Surgery Procedures (2023)

Plastic surgery is growing in popularity each year, with almost 18 million surgical procedures taking place in the United States annually. Women are no longer the only people having cosmetic surgery. Men are contributing to the boom in procedures. The following are the 10 most common plastic surgery procedures.

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Liposuction

Liposuction is a surgical procedure that suctions fat from specific areas of the body to provide a slimmer and shapelier silhouette. There are several types of liposuction.

In tumescent liposuction, the most popular type, a solution of saline, a drug to constrict blood vessels and a numbing agent are infused into the area to be treated.

This liquid, along with fat, is suctioned out of the body using small hollow metal instruments called cannulas. The infusion of liquid can cause short-term fluid retention that diminishes over the next few days.

In ultrasonic-assisted liposuction (UAL), the cannula releases ultrasonic energy to melt fat so that it can be suctioned out of the body. UAL has more risks than tumescent liposuction, including the risk of internal and external burns and a lengthier surgery.

Other options include laser liposuction, power-assisted, air-assisted, and suction-assisted.

The average patient is able to return to work within a few days, depending on the area(s) selected for the treatment.

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Breast Augmentation

The surgical enlargement of women’s breasts has become enormously popular with over 300,000 procedures done every year in America.

Surgery is done for many reasons, to enlarge both breasts, to replace a breast that is absent, or to make asymmetrical breasts equal in size. Other women opt for surgery when their breasts do not develop during puberty, a condition called congenital micromastia.

Silicone implants, once banned as a health risk, are increasing in popularity. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 12% of women opted for silicone implants in 2018.

Most patients have one or two weeks of recovery before they can return to normal activities. High impact activity, such as running, may require additional healing time.

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Blepharoplasty

Eyelid reshaping surgery is can be done for cosmetic reasons or to improve vision in patients where the eyelids obstruct vision. Too much skin or sagging skin can cause vision to be impaired and contributes to the appearance of aging.

Lower eyelids with chronic puffiness or wrinkling are often reduced during the procedure for a more youthful appearance. Fat pads under the eyes causing the appearance of “bags” are removed as necessary in the lower lid procedure.

Most people can go out in public in 10 to 14 days, with swelling becoming less noticeable for weeks or months.

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Abdominoplasty

Commonly known as a tummy tuck or a lower body lift, abdominoplasty removes excess skin from the abdominal area and tightens the skin that remains. This surgery is often performed on people who have excess skin after being pregnant or after losing significant weight after bariatric surgery.

The ideal candidate does not have excess fat deposits in the abdomen to remove but too much skin hanging from the abdomen. Most patients are able to resume normal activities in two to three weeks but may have limits on physical activity for a longer period of time.

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Breast Reduction

A woman’s breast reduction surgery is one of the few plastic surgeries that insurance does pay for routinely, as the benefits go far beyond an improved appearance. Women with very heavy or overly large breasts often have difficulty finding clothing that fits, experience chronic back pain, neck pain, chronic rashes, and poor posture.

Ideally, the surgery to reduce both the size and weight of the breasts will relieve back pain and improve posture. The surgery is a permanent solution to having disproportionate breasts and most patients return to work within two weeks.

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Rhinoplasty

A nose job, or rhinoplasty,reshapethe nose, bringing it into balance with the rest of the face. The surgeon may reduce the overall size of the nose or refine areas of the nose for a more pleasing appearance.

In some cases where breathing is can be improved through surgery, as in the case of a deviated septum, insurance will pay for some or all of the surgery. Bruising can be obvious after surgery but should fade over the next ten days, when most patients return to work.

Rhytidectomy

A rhytidectomy, or facelift, is a surgical solution to the wrinkles and sagging that accompany aging. A facelift tightens the skin of the face to give a more youthful appearance by gently pulling skin tighter, smoothing deep lines, and minimizing sagging.

A facelift is frequently combined with another procedure, forehead lift, eyelid shaping or skin peels, to enhance the youthful appearance of the patient. Sutures are often removed five to 10 days after the procedure, but recovery will take several weeks.

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Breast Lift

A treatment for sagging or poorly shaped breasts, a breast lift repositions the breast for a perkier appearance. A typical patient will have this procedure after significant weight loss or pregnancy leaves the breasts looking deflated.

Some women opt to have a lift and an implant procedure if the breasts are notably smaller than before weight loss or pregnancy. Most women are able to return to work within two weeks and resume full physical activity within a month.

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Forehead Lift

Similar to a facelift, a forehead lift pulls the skin of the forehead tighter to remove wrinkles and smooth creases. This corrects drooping eyebrows, "hooded" eyelids, forehead furrows, and frown lines. The eyebrows are also elevated for a more alert and youthful appearance.

Patients with deep furrows between the eyebrows also benefit from a forehead lift as the lines are minimized as the eyebrows are raised. Most patients are able to resume normal activity within ten days of surgery, but recovery can be significantly longer if combined with other facial surgeries.

Gynecomastia Treatment

Surgery to reduce excessive amounts of male breast tissue and fat, a condition known as gynecomastia, is a permanent treatment for most men, as long as the increased amount of tissue is due to the person’s genetics. However, the majority of men don't require treatment.

Some men experience growth of their breasts after using steroids or marijuana habitually. For these men, breast size will increase if the use of the drug that caused the growth continues. It is essential that men who know that drugs are the cause of their gynecomastia stop using the drug prior to the surgery or the outcome may not be ideal.

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Men with very large breasts may require a longer surgery with an additional procedure to decrease excess skin; otherwise sagging skin may be noticeable.

Surgeons typically make an incision around the nipple line so that the scar is not noticeable to the casual observer, allowing patients to go shirtless after recovery. Most men are able to return to work within a week and are able to return to normal activity within weeks.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why is cosmetic surgery called plastic surgery?

    The term plastic surgery comes from the Greek word plastikos, meaning to form or mold. Cosmetic surgery changes a person’s appearance by a combination of implants and tissue reshaping. There is no plastic involved in plastic surgery.

  • Is eyelid surgery covered by insurance?

    Possibly. Blepharoplasty (eyelid reshaping surgery) may be covered by your health insurance if the reason for the surgery is medical. Sagging eyelid skin can obstruct vision and is a common medical complaint in seniors.

    If your doctor recommends blepharoplasty for medical reasons, insurance should cover it, but check with your insurance provider first.

  • Is breast surgery covered by insurance?

    It depends. Breast reduction surgery may be covered by insurance if done for medical reasons. Breast enlargement surgery is a cosmetic surgery that is not covered by insurance.

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    Reconstructive breast surgery after mastectomy due to breast cancer is typically covered by insurance. Breast revision surgery may be covered by insurance if it is due to a health problem, such as scarring, deformities, problems with implants, or uneven breasts.

    Male breast reduction surgery may be covered by insurance if deemed medically necessary to treat gynecomastia.

    Always check with your insurance company before scheduling a procedure.

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FAQs

What is the most common plastic surgery procedure? ›

What are the most common plastic surgery procedures?
  • Breast augmentation or enlargement (augmentation mammoplasty)
  • Breast implant removals.
  • Breast lift (mastopexy) with or without the placement of an implant.
  • Buttock lift.
  • Chin, cheek, or jaw reshaping (facial implants or soft tissue augmentation)
  • Dermabrasion.

What is the most difficult plastic surgery procedure? ›

In actuality, rhinoplasty is widely regarded as the most difficult of all cosmetic procedures. Even a modest change in nasal contour requires a sophisticated understanding of nasal anatomy, precise surgical technique, and familiarity with the myriad pitfalls that can lead to potential complications.

What is the most common plastic surgery in your country? ›

The 5 Most Popular Cosmetic Surgeries and Procedures in the USA
PositionSurgeryNumber of surgeries
1Breast augmentation321,362
2Liposuction286,388
3Abdominoplasty148,801
4Breast Lift131,208
1 more row
10 Jul 2020

What is the most common reason for cosmetic surgery? ›

It's a diverse list, but most of these likely share one thing in common. “Most patients seek [cosmetic] procedures to feel like the best version of themselves,” said Dr.

What is the world's most popular surgery? ›

The most common surgical cosmetic procedures worldwide include breast augmentation, liposuction, and eyelid surgery.
...
Top 10 surgical cosmetic procedures worldwide in 2020.
CharacteristicNumber of procedures
Breast augmentation1,624,281
Liposuction1,525,197
Eyelid surgery1,225,540
Rhinoplasty852,554
6 more rows
17 Jan 2022

What is the most common surgery in the world? ›

C-sections are the most common major surgery performed on human beings anywhere in the world and the most common in the U.S. They have become 500 percent more common over the last generation of moms.

What is the most painful plastic surgery? ›

Many patients suggest that the Brazilian butt lift is the most painful surgery. This is followed by the tummy tuck, breast implants, liposuction, breast lifts and reductions, and jaw surgery. Dental implants can also cause much pain, as you still need to eat in the healing process.

What surgery has the longest recovery time? ›

These procedures below do take the longest to recover.
  • Liposuction (up to three months) ...
  • Tummy Tuck (2-3 months) ...
  • Facelift (two months) ...
  • Breast Reduction (two months) ...
  • Breast Augmentation (six weeks) ...
  • Rhinoplasty (six weeks)

What happens to plastic surgery when you get old? ›

They found no difference in elderly versus young flap success rates or surgical complications, however, did find significantly more medical complications and mortality in elderly patients. Offodile et al. found age to be significant predictor of prolonged postoperative stay following free tissue transfer.

Which country is the safest for plastic surgery? ›

While it's possible to find good clinics and excellent plastic surgeons all around the world, e.g. countries such as South Korea, Poland, Israel and the United States are well-known for high-quality healthcare, there are places where finding innovative, high-quality and affordable plastic surgery options is easier than ...

Who is the #1 plastic surgeon in the world? ›

As the world's most successful plastic surgeon, Dr. Cat's patients fly into Beverly Hills for surgery with her from all over the world. Dr. Cat Begovic is also a skincare and beauty expert, having performed scientific research on anti-aging and skincare, and is the founder of her revolutionary skincare line MD GLAM.

What is the most common female surgery? ›

Dilation and curettage (D&C) is one of the most common gynecological procedures.

What's the difference between cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery? ›

Plastic surgery training involves a broad scope of procedures to restore the body's normal appearance and function, where cosmetic surgery training focuses exclusively on aesthetic procedures. Yet many plastic surgeons offer cosmetic procedures at their practice.

Who gets plastic surgery the most? ›

40-54 year olds make up the majority of cosmetic procedures, 49% of the total in the world.

Which country is best at plastic surgery? ›

Switzerland. Switzerland has for many years been known to be a country that provides world-class cosmetic surgery. It also boasts of having some of the best plastic surgeons in the world.

Which city has the most plastic surgery? ›

RealSelf checked into the density of plastic surgeons and found the number one city to be… Miami, Florida with 3.90 plastic surgeons for every 100,000 residents. Who knew?

What state has the most plastic surgery? ›

Descriptive data and main results
Rank, Surgical Demand IndexState NameSurgical Density (Surgeons per 10,000 people)
1Wyoming0.051
2Oklahoma0.083
3Arkansas0.071
4New Mexico0.091
46 more rows

What is the safest surgery? ›

Bariatric Surgery Among the Safest Surgical Procedures

While any surgical procedure has risks, bariatric surgery has been found to be one of the safest surgeries to undergo. It is considered as safe or more safe when compared to other elective surgeries.

What is the least painful surgery? ›

In general, minimally invasive surgery is associated with less pain, a shorter hospital stay and fewer complications. Laparoscopy — surgery done through one or more small incisions, using small tubes and tiny cameras and surgical instruments — was one of the first types of minimally invasive surgery.

What hurts more breast lift or implants? ›

In general, as a breast lift involves only removal of skin and a breast augmentation usually involves some work on the pectoral muscle, I think breast augmentations are more uncomfortable and take patients slightly longer to recover from.

What hurts more breast implants or tummy tuck? ›

Answer: Tummy tuck discomfort

If a scale is used from 0-10, where 10 is the worst pain. Breast augmentation patients tell me 5 or 6 for few days and a tummy tuck is 7 or 8 for a few days.

What is the hardest surgery to recover from? ›

The longest average recovery period we found was that of a total knee replacement, which can take from three months to one full year. This is typical with many knee injuries. An ACL injury, for example, can take six months or more to recover from.

What is the shortest surgery? ›

Amputated the leg in under 2 1⁄2 minutes (the patient died afterwards in the ward from hospital gangrene; they usually did in those pre-Listerian days).

What surgery makes you look younger? ›

Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, repositions or removes the fat, skin, and other tissues around the eyes, creating a more youthful look. Another procedure that's great for reducing the signs of aging is a facelift.

Is 60 too old for plastic surgery? ›

The good news is, that the age of the patient does not matter for plastic surgery. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, a study finds cosmetic procedures just as safe for elderly as for young. Patients over the age of 65 can undergo cosmetic surgery with the same complication rate as younger patients.

What age is best for plastic surgery? ›

Well, traditionally, the recommended age for plastic surgery was anywhere between 18 and 70. This is because most cosmetic procedures work best when the body has achieved its full adult size. For males, adult size is usually reached between age 15-18, while for females, it's 14-18.

Who is the best plastic surgeon in the world 2022? ›

02, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Constantino Mendieta MD, 4 Beauty Aesthetic Institute for Plastic Surgery has been awarded #1 on Newsweek's list of America's Best Plastic Surgeons 2022. This prestigious award is presented by Newsweek and Statista Inc., the world-leading statistics portal and industry ranking provider.

Where is the cheapest place in the world to get plastic surgery? ›

Mexico has become one of the leading countries in safe and affordable plastic surgery with reputable and in-demand surgeons. Plastic surgery in Mexico is also often less expensive than surgeries performed in the United States and other countries.

Where are the best surgeons in the world? ›

Quick and easy access to surgeons is necessary for medical emergency situations to save lives. The world of medicine has changed drastically in the past few decades.
...
12 Countries With The Best Access To Surgeons.
RankCountrySpecialist Surgical Team Members per 100,000 people
1Monaco278
2Cayman Islands172
3Colombia162
4Austria141
8 more rows

Who did the Kardashian's plastic surgery? ›

The Kardashians seem to agree and have been very positive about their experience with Dr. Fisher, who is now considered to be the Kardashian family's plastic surgeon. To find out more about Dr. Garth Fisher or cosmetic procedures such as breast augmentations, facelifts, and Mommy Makeovers, please contact us today.

What state has the best plastic surgeons? ›

1. Maine
Total Plastic Surgeon Jobs:39
Average Annual Salary:$148,702
Lowest 10 Percent Earn:$92,000
Highest 10 Percent Earn:$240,000
1 more row
6 Apr 2021

What is the best plastic surgery for face? ›

#1 Facelift/ Rhytidectomy

A facelift or a Rhytidectomy is a cosmetic procedure that reduces the appearance of wrinkles and aging, sagging facial skin.

What are common female surgeries? ›

Common Gynecologic Procedures
  • Hysterectomy. ...
  • Total Laparoscopic Hysterectomy (TLH) ...
  • Laparoscopic Supracervical Hysterectomy (LSH) ...
  • Laparoscopic Assisted Vaginal Hysterectomy (LAVH) ...
  • Fibroid Removal. ...
  • Laparoscopic Myomectomy for Fibroids. ...
  • Hysteroscopic Myomectomy. ...
  • Ovarian Cyst Removal.

What are the 2 types of surgery? ›

What Are the Different Methods of Surgery?
  • Open surgery - an "open" surgery means the cutting of skin and tissues so that the surgeon has a full view of the structures or organs involved. ...
  • Minimally invasive surgery - minimally invasive surgery is any technique involved in surgery that does not require a large incision.

What's the difference between surgery and a procedure? ›

The key difference between a procedure and surgery is that surgery is more invasive and requires an incision, cutting into the skin, to access body tissue, organs, or other internal parts. Procedures are general medical interventions that generally do not require an incision and are less invasive.

What is the #1 cosmetic surgery? ›

#1 Facelift/ Rhytidectomy

A facelift or a Rhytidectomy is a cosmetic procedure that reduces the appearance of wrinkles and aging, sagging facial skin.

What is the most common female surgery? ›

Dilation and curettage (D&C) is one of the most common gynecological procedures.

What are the most popular non invasive cosmetic procedures? ›

Fillers, BOTOX injections, chemical peeling, and laser treatment are some of the most popular and effective noninvasive cosmetic treatments. These procedures are relatively fast, painless, and involve mild-to-moderate side effects.

What's the difference between cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery? ›

Plastic surgery training involves a broad scope of procedures to restore the body's normal appearance and function, where cosmetic surgery training focuses exclusively on aesthetic procedures. Yet many plastic surgeons offer cosmetic procedures at their practice.

Who is the #1 plastic surgeon in the world? ›

As the world's most successful plastic surgeon, Dr. Cat's patients fly into Beverly Hills for surgery with her from all over the world. Dr. Cat Begovic is also a skincare and beauty expert, having performed scientific research on anti-aging and skincare, and is the founder of her revolutionary skincare line MD GLAM.

Which country has the best plastic surgeons? ›

Switzerland has for many years been known to be a country that provides world-class cosmetic surgery. It also boasts of having some of the best plastic surgeons in the world.

What city gets the most plastic surgery? ›

RealSelf checked into the density of plastic surgeons and found the number one city to be… Miami, Florida with 3.90 plastic surgeons for every 100,000 residents. Who knew?

What are common female surgeries? ›

Common Gynecologic Procedures
  • Hysterectomy. ...
  • Total Laparoscopic Hysterectomy (TLH) ...
  • Laparoscopic Supracervical Hysterectomy (LSH) ...
  • Laparoscopic Assisted Vaginal Hysterectomy (LAVH) ...
  • Fibroid Removal. ...
  • Laparoscopic Myomectomy for Fibroids. ...
  • Hysteroscopic Myomectomy. ...
  • Ovarian Cyst Removal.

What is the most serious surgery? ›

Brain Surgery

These procedures are extremely dangerous because they require removing a portion of the skull to gain access to brain tissue. In many incidences, the surgery is not a viable solution because the location of the tumor makes it inaccessible without causing extensive damage to the brain.

What are the top 10 beauty treatments? ›

Popular Beauty Treatment List Of 2022
  • Lash Lift & Tint.
  • Scalp Micro Pigmentation.
  • Laser Hair Removal.
  • Fat Freezing.
  • Fat Dissolving.
  • Chemical Peel.
  • Microdermabrasion.
  • CBD Facial Treatment.
26 May 2022

What procedures make you prettier? ›

7 Surgical Procedures That Enhance Facial Attractiveness
  • Facelift Surgery. A facelift enhances facial attractiveness by helping you look more youthful. ...
  • Rhinoplasty. ...
  • Blepharoplasty. ...
  • Brow Lift. ...
  • Laser Skin Resurfacing. ...
  • Facial Implants. ...
  • Lip Augmentation.
29 Mar 2017

What is a plastic surgery doctor called? ›

A plastic cosmetic surgeon is a specialist plastic surgeon who has mastered the art of performing exclusively cosmetic surgery as well. They can do reconstructive surgeries as well as reshaping procedures as well.

How many types of plastic surgery are there? ›

The field of Plastic Surgery can be broken down into two main categories – reconstructive procedures and cosmetic procedures. Both are generally considered sub-specialties of plastic surgery.

What are the side effects of plastic surgery? ›

Risks
  • Complications related to anesthesia, including pneumonia, blood clots and, rarely, death.
  • Infection at the incision site, which may worsen scarring and require additional surgery.
  • Fluid buildup under the skin.
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