Most Popular Plastic Surgery & Cosmetic Procedures in 2018

Woman with smooth skin and makeup with her face framed by two white gloved handsPlastic surgery and cosmetic procedures have been increasing in popularity over the last few years. Based on the latest plastic surgery statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 2018 continued that trend in a big way.

For the past five years, numbers of both plastic surgery and minimally invasive cosmetic procedures have been steadily on the rise in the US. In 2018, that trend continued with more than 17.7 million procedures performed.

Wondering what the most popular procedures were last year? Read on to find out.

Most Popular Minimally Invasive Cosmetic Procedures in 2018

Nearly 16 million cosmetic procedures were performed in 2018. According to the ASPS, the most popular procedures were:

Botox Injections

This non-surgical procedure helps to relax facial muscles that tighten over time, helping to temporarily smooth facial lines and wrinkles. With close to 7.5 million Botox procedures done in the US during 2018, this was the most popular minimally invasive cosmetic procedure of the year.

Injectable Fillers

Injectable fillers are another great way to treat facial lines and wrinkles. Patients in the US underwent more than 2.5 million filler procedures during 2018, an increase from 2017.

Chemical Peels

Nearly 1.5 million chemical peel procedures were performed throughout the US in 2018, making this cosmetic procedure the third most popular cosmetic treatment in the last year. Given that these treatments provide fast, effective results treating blemishes and signs of aging with minimal side effects and recovery time, this isn’t surprising!

Laser Hair Removal

More than 1 million laser hair removal procedures were performed in 2018. While the results of laser hair removal are not permanent, they are long lasting and effective. Even better, laser hair removal can be used on a variety of areas of the body, making them popular among both men and women.


Microdermabrasion treatment numbers were actually down year over year in 2018, but even so this treatment still remained in the top five in terms of popularity. Good for treating light scarring, skin discoloration, sun damage and more, microdermabrasion is a versatile treatment type that’s minimally invasive and relatively affordable.

Most Popular Plastic Surgery Procedures in 2018

Nearly 2 million cosmetic surgery procedures were performed last year. According to the ASPS, the most popular plastic surgeries were:

Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation increased in popularity year over year and remained the most popular plastic surgery procedure during 2018.

Curious about or considering breast augmentation surgery? Be sure to check out our article answering frequently asked questions about this popular procedure!


Liposuction is a great way to reduce stubborn areas of fat. Many people have achieved their ideal image through the use of liposuction, making this the second-most popular cosmetic surgery procedure during 2018.

While this is an invasive procedure, the impressive results keep people coming back! Learn more about what’s involved in liposuction here.


Despite a slight decrease in the number of procedures performed, nose reshaping remained in the top five in terms of popularity during 2018. Nearly 215,000 rhinoplasty procedures were performed throughout the US over the course of the year.

Eyelid Surgery

Eyelid surgery may not be the first thing you think of when it comes to plastic surgery, but it’s been one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures for a few years now. In 2018, this was no different, as it made the list of top 5 procedures yet again.

Find out what eyelid surgery is all about here.

Tummy Tuck

Popular among both men and women, tummy tucks rounded out the top 5 most popular cosmetic surgeries once again in 2018. Abdominoplasty can help patients to achieve a more contoured abdomen in a number of ways.

Considering abdominoplasty? Learn more about what to expect from a tummy tuck procedure.

Overall Trends in Cosmetic Surgery During 2018

In general, body shaping was all the rage during the last year, with most of the top surgical and non-invasive procedures focused on contouring the body and enhancing the physique.

Overall numbers for procedures that focused on facial enhancement decreased, even though procedures like eyelid surgery and facelifts remained popular.

Considering a Cosmetic Procedure in 2019?

Thinking about enhancing your physique or working towards your ideal image in the coming year? Looking for a plastic surgeon you can trust in the Glens Falls and Saratoga Region?

Schedule a consultation at Garcia Plastic & Hand Surgery!

Our experienced team has been providing high quality cosmetic surgery and procedures to clients in Glens Falls, Saratoga, the Adirondacks and beyond for years. From minor medical spa treatments to invasive plastic surgeries, we take pride in helping our clients to look and feel their best.

Give us a call today at 518-793-0475 to get the conversation started.

Not sure which procedure is right for you? We can help you figure that out and guide you through your experience, from selecting a treatment through recovery. You can learn more about the treatments we offer here.

Wondering if the procedure you’re considering will be covered by insurance? Get the details on plastic surgery and health insurance here.