Big Butts, Botox And Skinny Chins: What The Latest Plastic Surgery Trends Reveal


The American Society Of Plastic Surgeons has released the official numbers for 2014 cosmetic procedures. According to the digits, 15,622,866 people underwent a cosmetic procedure last year, chances are you may have been one of them, or at least know someone who was.

Throughout the years we have seen different types of cosmetic procedures come and go in terms of popularity. So which procedures were most popular throughout 2014, and which procedures have deflated in popularity?


The top five most popular surgical procedures include breast augmentation, eyelid surgery (Blepharoplasty), facelift (Rhytidectomy), nose job (rhinoplasty), and liposuction. The most popular minimally invasive procedures for 2014 include Botox and Dysport, intense pulsed light treatment, laser hair removal, microdermabrasion, and soft tissue fillers.

The most popular procedures only tell half of the story. Of all five of the most popular surgical procedures only one increased in popularity last year. Liposuction was up 5% from 2013, but all other invasive procedures were slightly down. This slight uptick in liposuction is only a tease; overall liposuction has greatly decreased in popularity since 2000.


Liposuction isn’t the only popular procedure on the overall decline. This is strikingly clear thanks to the graph (above) created by The Atlantic, which highlights the substantial decline in liposuction, nose jobs, and eyelid surgery over the last 14 years. On the other hand, procedures that are rapidly gaining popularity were practically unheard of in 2000, such as Botox, butt lift, and upper arm lift.

Breast implants were among the most popular procedure in 2000, and they remain even more popular today. Thanks to some of today’s hottest celebrities (and pop music hits), curves are all the rage. The demand for breast implants has skyrocketed by 35%, and the number of people undergoing butt implants has doubled over the last year, going from 942 to 1,963.

Apparently, curves are now more important than ever, and it’s to see why with songs like, “Anaconda” and “All About That Bass” constantly hitting us with the message: curves are not only sexy, they are seemingly mandatory.

Having curves in all the right places relates directly to our faces as well. Chin implants are decreasing, and people instead are opting for lip and cheek implants. The focus in recent years is less on overall face shape and instead focused on full lips and defined cheekbones.


We have all fallen for curves, but liposuction still remains one of the most common cosmetic procedures. Looking at the numbers over the last 15 years proves that this procedure has seen a huge decline. In 2000, over 350,000 people underwent liposuction. In 2014, these numbers considerably dropped to just over 200,000.

This could have something to do with a greater emphasis on dieting, exercise and living a healthy lifestyle in mainstream media. Shows like The Biggest Loser teach people there is really only one way to loose weight and keep it off, and that’s with a lot of hard work.

If you do lose a lot of weight there is still the issue of excess skin, which no amount of exercise can fix. Hence why skin-trimming procedures are rapidly on the rise, including arm lifts and tummy tucks.

Interestingly, more men are undergoing breast reductions than ever before. This might also have something to do with a growing focus on male appearances.


All in all, the numbers hint that Americans may be starting to accept their natural features, hence the decline in nose jobs, facelifts and eyelid surgery. In fact, the entire plastic surgery industry has decreased by 12% since 2000. This may also have to do with the availability of far less invasive cosmetic procedures, which are predicted to someday completely overrule operations that require cutting patients open. Case and point: in 2014, over 6 million people were injected with Botox or Dysport, while only 128,266 people underwent a facelift.

Which cosmetic procedure are you daydreaming about getting in 2015?

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