Cosmetic Surgery Statistics from 2020

woman in a swimsuit with a perfect shape and line showing her bodyIn this month’s first almost springy blog here in Worcester and Cape Cod we addressed some general research from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) for 2020. At the height of the early lockdowns and disruptions practices across the country were closed for an average of 8.1 weeks. This created a decline in all categories of the ASPS stats, but this, obviously, was quite an exceptional situation. We talked about research that pointed to probable growth in 2021 and this year.

In this blog, let’s get into the surgical procedure numbers for 2020, but first a couple overall stats:

  • $16.7 billion was spent on cosmetic procedures in the United States.
  • 3 million total cosmetic procedures, a 14% decline from 2019.
  • The region with the most cosmetic procedure in the U.S. was the South Atlantic.

Top cosmetic surgeries from 2020

It’s interesting that the two cosmetic surgeries that had the least decline from 2019 to 2020 were facial procedures, namely nose surgery (rhinoplasty) and brow lifts. They only declined by 3% and 1% despite COVID closures. Guess we took note of our facial aging during all those Zoom meetings!

These were the top 7 cosmetic surgeries from 2020:

  • Nose reshaping = 352,555, down from 362,299 in 2019
  • Eyelid surgery = 325,112, down from 354,105 in 2019
  • Facelift surgery = 234,374, down from 261,987 in 2019
  • Liposuction = 211,067, down from 265,209 in 2019
  • Breast augmentation = 193,073, down from 287,085 in 2019
  • Neck lift surgery = 160,235, down from 181,024 in 2019
  • Dermabrasion = 139,933, down from 159,374 in 2019

Of all surgical procedures in 2020, the largest declines were hair transplantation (-60%), calf augmentation (-50% on low numbers anyway), and breast augmentation (-33%).

You can see the focus way on the face, likely a result of all the video screen time where we continually could study our own visage up there in the corner of the screen when in Zoom meetings and Facetime calls.

That’s the ASPS surgery stats. In our third March blog, we’ll get into the non-invasive procedures and treatments. Until then, if you’d like to schedule a consultation with any of our six board-certified UMass Memorial plastic surgeons, please give us a call at (508) 334-5990.

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