Apr 1
By William P. Baugh

Cosmetic injectable treatment for the lipsThe American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) has released its latest batch of annual statistics on surgical and non-surgical procedures. For yet another year, non-surgical procedures were far more popular than surgical procedures. Leading the pack were cosmetic injectables for anti-aging and wrinkle reduction, such as dermal fillers and BOTOX® Cosmetic.

The team at Full Spectrum Dermatology would like to go over some of these numbers below. You can discuss the ideal treatment for your needs when you meet with Dr. William Baugh for a consultation at our Fullerton, CA cosmetic skin care practice.

A Continuing Trend Toward Non-Surgical Treatment

In 2018 there was a grand total of 17,721,671 surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures performed. Of the number, 15,909,931 were non-surgical treatments. That is an overwhelming majority of procedures, and a 2 percent increase in non-surgical treatments over 2017.

The lack of downtime, scarring, and serious risks makes non-surgical treatment more appealing overall than surgery to countless people.

The Most Popular Non-Surgical Cosmetic Procedures

The following are the five most popular non-surgical cosmetic procedures performed in 2018.

  • Botulinum Toxin Type A (BOTOX® Cosmetic) - 7,437,378
  • Soft Tissue Fillers - 2,676,970
  • Chemical Peel - 1,384,327
  • Laser Hair Removal - 1,077,490
  • Microdermabrasion - 709,413

Combining BOTOX® Cosmetic and soft tissue fillers, cosmetic injectables accounted for 10,114,348 non-surgical treatments. That is 63.5 percent of all non-surgical procedures last year.

A Breakdown of Dermal Filler Numbers

Soft tissue fillers were the second most popular type of non-surgical treatment. There are numerous types of fillers and filler ingredients. Here are the top five soft tissue injectables from 2018.

  • Hyaluronic Acid (JUVÉDERM™, Perlane®, Restylane®) - 2,128,923
  • Calcium Hydroxylapatite (Radiesse®) - 227,234
  • Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) - 127,394
  • Polylactic Acid (Sculptra®) - 121,920
  • Fat Transfer Injection - 45,360

The Popularity of BOTOX® Cosmetic

The most recent numbers regarding BOTOX® Cosmetic reveal an increasing popularity in this injectable treatment option. Here are ASPS numbers on BOTOX® Cosmetic from the previous years.

  • BOTOX® Injection Numbers in 2017 - 7,230,967
  • BOTOX® Injection Numbers in 2016 - 7,056,255
  • BOTOX® Injection Numbers in 2015 - 6,757,198
  • BOTOX® Injection Numbers in 2014 - 6,673,608
  • BOTOX® Injection Numbers in 2013 - 6,321,160
  • BOTOX® Injection Numbers in 2012 - 6,134,621
  • BOTOX® Injection Numbers in 2011 - 5,670,788
  • BOTOX® Injection Numbers in 2010 - 5,379,360

Notice the steady increase in numbers from year to year since the 2010s. Since 2010, there has been a 27.6 percent increase in BOTOX® Cosmetic. This speaks to its increasingly popularity among people who want to fight signs of aging without the need for surgery.

Non-Surgical Treatments Gaining in Popularity

Sitting outside of the top five non-surgical procedures, the ASPS noted two particular procedures that have gained in popularity over the previous year. These procedures were intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy (675,552 treatments) and laser skin resurfacing (594,266 treatments). Both of these non-surgical treatments experienced a 1 percent increase from 2017 numbers.

What These Trends Say About the Future of Non-Surgical Care

Given the nature of these trends, we think it’s safe to say that non-surgical cosmetic rejuvenation will continue to gain in popularity. More and more people may turn to these less invasive aesthetic treatments than the surgeries of the past.

Cosmetic injectables will continue to be the most popular procedures offered, and we suspect that BOTOX® Cosmetic will once again increase its popularity.

Learn More About Cosmetic Rejuvenation

For more information about your rejuvenation options and how we can help you look your best, contact our team of cosmetic dermatology and skin care specialists. Full Spectrum Dermatology offers the finest anti-aging treatments. You can reach our practice by phone at (714) 879-4312.

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