Is plastic surgery increasing or decreasing?

A board-certified plastic surgeon can help a person explore all available options and choose the best one, which often includes a combination of surgical and non-surgical procedures. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) is the largest organization of board-certified plastic surgeons in the world. Cosmetic surgery focuses on improving the body, while plastic surgery reconstructs parts of the body that have been damaged due to illness, burns or trauma. Edward Reece is Professor and Head of the Division of Adult Plastic Surgery at Baylor Medical School and chief of adult surgery at Texas Children's Hospital.

The number of liposuction procedures increased by more than 12,000, while surgeons performed more than 13,000 additional breast augmentations. Ditesheim, a plastic surgeon in Charlotte, North Carolina, says his practice saw a change due to the pandemic. As most procedures are elective, there is a risk that public health officials will at any time make plastic surgery difficult, or ban it altogether, to prevent the spread of COVID and additional pressure on staff and medical facilities. With more time to consider the different types of plastic surgery, people had time to discover liquid facelifts as a non-surgical alternative to a full facelift.

The world's largest plastic surgery organization, with nearly 8,000 members, reported that they stopped performing elective surgical procedures for an average of 8.1 weeks, or 15 percent of the entire year, resulting in an overall decrease in procedures. But at the height of the pandemic, when hospital beds were scarce, many oncological surgeries were delayed and almost all reconstructive procedures did not have to be done at the same time, Matarasso explains. Diteshiem says he saw a growing number of patients looking for elective procedures including injectables such as Botox and a range of plastic surgery procedures. The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) is the largest association of facial plastic surgeons in the world.

Plastic surgery incorporates procedures that also restore form and function, such as breast reconstruction, burn surgery, and pediatric plastic surgery. Tumor removal is by far the most common reconstructive plastic surgery procedure, with approximately 5.2 million procedures performed. Learn more about Baylor Medicine Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery or call 713—798—6141 to request an appointment.