Aesthetic Procedures on the Rise: Exploring the Latest ISAPS Data

Aesthetic Procedures on the Rise: Exploring the Latest ISAPS Data

New data from the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) unveils exciting shifts in the world of cosmetic procedures. Liposuction, the renowned fat removal technique, has now outpaced breast augmentation as the most popular cosmetic surgery globally. Let’s delve into the key takeaways from this report:

Liposuction Surges Ahead

Liposuction, the procedure that sculpts bodies by suctioning away excess fat, has become the star of the cosmetic surgery scene. The report reveals that liposuction now accounts for a substantial 14.8% of all cosmetic surgeries conducted worldwide. Dr. Gianluca Campiglio, the report’s editor, is enthusiastic about this growth, with a staggering 1.9 million liposuction procedures recorded globally in 2021 alone. This marks an impressive 25% jump from the previous year. Dr. Campiglio believes this trend reflects an increased interest in body contouring.

Aesthetic Procedures on the Rise: Exploring the Latest ISAPS Data

Aesthetic Medicine’s Upward Trajectory

The report demonstrates a remarkable surge in aesthetic medicine’s popularity, with a total of over 30 million surgical and non-surgical procedures performed in 2021. This represents a 19.3% increase from the prior year. Impressively, the number of aesthetic surgical procedures climbed over 33% from 2017 to 2021, and non-surgical treatments like Botox injections surged by more than 54% during the same period. In summary, the data suggests that the cosmetic surgery industry has not only rebounded from the pandemic-induced decline but has also exceeded pre-pandemic levels.

Leading Procedures and Notable Trends

Among the standout trends, rhinoplasty (nose jobs) and abdominoplasty (tummy tucks) are among the most favored procedures. Eyelid surgery secured the third spot on the list of global procedures and topped the chart among men. Thigh lifts emerged as the fastest-growing cosmetic surgery, with an impressive growth rate of over 53% compared to 2020. Buttock augmentation and buttock lift, respectively skyrocketed by 40.5% and 45.7% between 2017 and 2021. Again revealing the rise on the demand for body contouring procedures.

Breast Implant Removal Trend

While many procedures gained traction, breast augmentation saw a dip to just over 13%. Although the number of breast augmentation procedures increased by 0.5% from 2017 to 2021, this uptick was relatively modest compared to other procedures. Dr. Campiglio linked this trend to concerns surrounding BIA-ALCL, a type of lymphoma linked to breast implants. Notably, data revealed a massive increase in patients seeking breast implant removal, 49.6% from 2017 to 2021, indicating a shift in preferences following awareness about BIA-ALCL.

Global Insights and Travel Trends

The report sheds light on the global landscape of cosmetic surgery, with the USA boasting the most cosmetic surgeons worldwide. Around 7,000 surgeons in the US accounted for nearly a quarter of all procedures conducted globally. Brazil and Japan secured second and third place, contributing 8.9% and 5.7% respectively. For those seeking treatments abroad, Turkey, Colombia, Mexico, and Thailand emerged as popular destinations.

Aesthetic Procedures on the Rise: Exploring the Latest ISAPS Data

Choosing the Right Practitioner

With the rising interest in cosmetic procedures, it’s crucial to consult certified physicians. Dr. Debra Johnson, the former president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, stresses the importance of seeking board-certified plastic surgeons with proper training. Ensuring your chosen practitioner is reputable and experienced is paramount.


The latest ISAPS report unveils a dynamic landscape in the world of cosmetic surgery. Liposuction’s rise to the top spot, the overall surge in aesthetic procedures, and shifting trends in popular treatments are all fascinating insights that underscore the industry’s growth and evolution. If you’re considering any cosmetic procedure, make sure to do your research and consult certified professionals. For more information, reach out to The Aesthetic Centers for a consultation today.

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