$16 Billion Spent on Plastic Surgery in the U.S. in 2016

It’s no secret that plastic surgery is becoming increasingly popular around the world, and is losing its stigma to boot! Whether it’s a simple filler, a mommy makeover, or anything in between, one thing is clear: cosmetic procedures aren’t going anywhere.

A new study done by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons found that Americans spent a total of about $16 billion on plastic surgery last year. That’s billion, and that number is only growing. The study very specifically broke down what procedures are popular these days, and about how much they cost on average. It also identified trends around the country in the realm of cosmetic surgery.

Changes in Price

While nearly all procedures’ costs increased from 2015 to 2016, breast augmentation surgery proved to be an exception. The present study found that procedure to have actually decreased nearly 3% last year. If you’re considering getting an augmentation yourself, now may be the best time!

Some notable price differences between 2015 and 2016 were: liposuction and nose reshaping (each up 6%); chemical peels and hyaluronic acid fillers (+5% or more each); and Botox (an increase of less than 1%). Nonetheless, these procedures continue to top the list in terms of popularity!

What Types of Procedures Are Popular and How Much Do They Cost?

The study noted that prices vary for cosmetic procedures based on a variety of factors including:

  • Type of surgery
  • Surgeon’s experience
  • Location of surgeon’s office or hospital
  • Insurance coverage

Furthermore, anesthesia and operating room costs are not typically included in the prices quoted to patients. With these variables in mind, the prices below may not exactly reflect your geographic area, but represent the national averages for certain cosmetic procedures.

The most popular non-invasive treatments, in order of popularity in 2016, were:

  • 7 million injections (like Botox or Dysport); average cost: $385 each
  • 2 million hyaluronic acid fillers: $644 on average
  • 3 million chemical peels: an average of $673
  • More than 775,000 microdermabrasion procedures: $138 each
  • Over 656,000 laser treatments (Intense Pulsed Light): $433 on average

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