Non-surgical cosmetic treatments like toxins, injectable fillers and chemical peels continue their upward popularity trend, as more and more people visit their doctor or dermatologists’ offices looking for cosmetic treatments that don’t require surgery.

According to the latest report from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, “body shaping and non-invasive procedures” continue to rule. They report there were 15.7 million non-surgical cosmetic procedures done in the United States last year, representing a 2 percent uptick over 2016.

Two percent may not sound like a lot, but this ongoing upward trend continues to indicate people have a greater interest in exploring options before surgery. Non-surgical has risen almost 200 percent since 2000, according to the ASPS data.

On RealSelf, non-surgical traffic represented more than half (50.46 percent) of total traffic in 2017, with over 45 million people coming to the site to research these minimally invasive cosmetic treatments.

Other data to note: Breast reductions continue to rise. ASPS data reports there was a “dramatic spike in breast reduction surgeries in 2017, increasing by 11%.” Tummy tucks also “rebounded,” but just a little.

Non-surgical fat reduction continues to be one of the biggest areas of growing interest for people, up 20 percent in 2017, as they opt for body-sculpting, fat-reduction procedures more often. ASPS reports freezing technologies, like CoolSculpting, are up 7 percent; laser cellulite treatments that eliminate fat are up 19 percent; and skin-tightening treatments that target fat and tighten skin are up 9 percent.

ASPS data complements the treatment data we’re seeing on RealSelf, too. Toxins are up 14 percent, chemical peels are up 7 percent and laser hair removal is up 4 percent year over year.

Here the top five surgical and non-surgical procedures, according to ASPS. You can read the full 2017 report here.


Surgical: 1.8 million procedures performed in U.S. in 2017

  1. Breast augmentation: 300,378 procedures, up 3 percent
  2. Liposuction: 246,354 procedures, up 5 percent
  3. Nose reshaping: 218,924 procedures, down 2 percent
  4. Eyelid surgery: 209,571 procedures, about the same
  5. Tummy tuck: 129,753 procedures, up 2 percent


Non-surgical procedures: 15.7 million performed in U.S. in 2017

  1. Toxins, including Botox, Dysport and Xeomin: 7.23 million procedures, up 2 percent
  2. Injectable fillers: 2.69 million procedures, up 3 percent
  3. Chemical peels: 1.37 million procedures, up 1 percent
  4. Laser hair removal: 1.1 million procedures, down 2 percent
  5. Microdermabrasion: 740,287 procedures, down 4 percent


Questions? Contact a doctor.