Top Plastic Surgery Trends for 2012

Cosmetic surgery has changed and evolved drastically over the years, with new, minimally and non-invasive procedures becoming available to patients across the country. While liposuction and breast augmentation have always proven to be in the top as far as most popular procedures go, 2012 saw a new trend emerge in the plastic surgery industry.


According to a new report from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), 14.6 million cosmetic plastic surgery procedures were performed, representing a 5 percent increase over the figures from the previous year, and 5.6 million reconstructive procedures were performed in 2012. The greatest change in the plastic surgery trend was a major shift from body enhancing procedures to facial enhancing procedures. The report revealed that facial procedures, including facelifts and eye lid surgery, have increased about five percent over the previous year, leading to an all-time record high for these types of cosmetic treatments.

Along with this trend, the industry also saw an increased number of patients turning to less invasive treatments over surgical.

“For the third consecutive year, the overall growth in cosmetic surgery continues to be driven by a significant rise in minimally-invasive procedures, while surgical procedures remain relatively stable,” said ASPS President Gregory Evans, MD.

Minimally invasive cosmetic procedures were up by 6 percent in 2012. Leading the way was Botox, with 6.1 million procedures performed across the U.S., representing an increase of 8 percent.  The next most popular procedure was soft tissue fillers, with 2 million procedures performed, representing an increase of 5 percent, then chemical peels, with 1.1 million procedures nationwide, up 2 percent, followed by laser hair removal with 1.1 million procedures, up 4 percent, and finally microdermabrasion, with 974,000, representing an increase of 8 percent over the previous year.

These types of procedures are great for patients who are unsure if they would like a permanent change or are looking to enhance their appearance in a more subtle way.

As far as cosmetic surgical procedures go, there was an average drop of 2 percent from the previous year’s figures. However, one type of surgery increased in popularity – gynecomastia surgery, aka male breast reduction. As a greater number of men begin to get more comfortable with the idea of getting plastic surgery, the industry has reflected the trend with a 5 percent spike in the number of gynecomastia surgeries performed over the previous year’s totals.

However, despite taking a dip from the previous year’s totals, breast augmentation remained the most popular cosmetic surgical procedure overall, according to the report.

Here in Dallas, it seems the demand for breast augmentation is always high. Dr. Ricardo Meade offers both saline and silicone breast implant choices for women in Dallas who would like to increase the size of their breasts, change their shape, or add more lift to the breasts.

Dr. Meade also offers last year’s most popular minimally invasive treatment, Botox, for Dallas patients who would like to decrease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

The key to successful cosmetic surgery, whether minimally invasive or surgical, is catering to the patient’s needs, having realistic options, and having the treatment performed by an experienced and skilled surgeon.

Dr. Ricardo Meade is a Board Certified Dallas plastic surgeon and is a member of the ASPS. He prides himself on utilizing the latest techniques in the field, as well as producing results that are both natural and breathtaking.

If you have considered getting a minimally invasive treatment like Botox or facial fillers or a surgical procedure like breast augmentation or liposuction, call Dr. Meade today and schedule a consultation to discuss the options that best suit your individual body or skin type and cosmetic goals.