Liposuction Highlights

Highlights of the ASAPS 2015 Statistics on Cosmetic Surgery
Source: American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

Americans spent more than 13.5 billion on combined surgical and nonsurgical procedures in 2015.

  • There was a 1.5 billion dollar increase in expenditures for combined surgical and nonsurgical procedures from 2014 to 2015.
  • Surgical procedures accounted for 58% of the total expenditures in 2015.
  • Nonsurgical procedures in 2015 accounted for 42% of the total expenditures in 2015.


Surgical procedures are up 7% with 1,912,468 procedures performed, nonsurgical procedures are up 22% with 10,879,909 procedures performed, and combined surgical and nonsurgical procedures are up 20% compared to last year’s data, with a total of 12,792,377 procedures performed.

The most popular surgical procedure was liposuction with 396,048 procedures performed. It is the ONLY surgical procedure with a spot in the top 10 cosmetic procedures overall.

For the first time this year, statistical data for fat grafting to the breasts, buttocks, and face was reported. There were 18,135 fat grafting procedures to the breast, 18,487 to the buttocks, and 48,059 to the face. Fat transfer to the face was the 9th most popular surgical procedure in 2015.

Cosmetic procedures have increased by 39% over the past five years (from 2011) with surgical procedures up 17% and nonsurgical procedures up 44%.

The procedures with the most significant increases between 2014 and 2015 were:
Nonsurgical Skin Tightening (up 58%)
Tattoo Removal (up 39%)
Microdermabrasion (up 34%)
Buttock Lifts (up 32%)
Male Breast Reduction, for the treatment of Gynecomastia (up 26%)

Injectables overall (including Belotero, Botox, Dysport, Juvederm Ultra, Juvederm Ultra Plus, Perlane, Poly-L-Lactic acid, Radiesse, Restylane, Voluma, Xeomin, etc.) saw a 21% increase in 2015.

Where cosmetic procedures were performed in 2015:
Office facility, 61.9%;
hospital, 11.9%;
and free-standing surgical center, 26%.



The top five cosmetic surgical procedures in 2015 were:
Liposuction (396,048 procedures)
Breast Augmentation (305,856 procedures)
Tummy Tuck (180,717 procedures)
Eyelid Surgery (169,708 procedures)
Breast Lift (148,967 procedures)

The top five nonsurgical procedures in 2015 were:
Botulinum Toxin (4,267,038 procedures)
Hyaluronic Acid (2,148,326 procedures)
Hair Removal (1,136,834 procedures)
Chemical Peel (603,305 procedures)
Microdermabrasion (557,690 procedures)



The top five surgical procedures for women in 2015 were:
Liposuction, Breast Augmentation, Tummy Tuck, Breast Lift and Eyelid Surgery. Women had more than 11.5 million cosmetic procedures, 90.5% of the total. The number of cosmetic procedures performed among women increased over 538% from 1997, when this survey was initiated by ASAPS.

The top five surgical procedures for men in 2015 were:
Liposuction, Nose Surgery, Eyelid Surgery, Male Breast Reduction and Facelift. Men had more than 1.2 million procedures performed, (9.5% of the total). The number of cosmetic procedures performed among men has increased over 325% from 1997, when this survey was initiated by ASAPS.



People age 35-50 had the most procedures performed (over 5.1 million accounting for 40.4% of the total).
Age 51-64 = 30.2%
Age 19-34 = 17.5%
65 and over = 10.2%
Age 18 and under = 1.7%

The most common surgical procedures per age group were:
18 and under = Ear Surgery
19-34 = Breast Augmentation
35-50 = Liposuction
51-64 = Liposuction
65 and over = Eyelid Surgery

Racial and ethnic minorities had approximately 25% of all cosmetic procedures, up 3% from last year:
African-Americans (7.7%)
Asians (6.2%)
Hispanics (9.7%)
other non-Caucasians (1.3%)