At the beginning of every year, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) publishes a report of the prior year's surgical statistics. The most popular cosmetic surgical procedures in 2010 were as follows:
1. Breast Augmentation
296,000 breast augmentations were performed in 2010. This was an increase of two percent from 2009. Breast augmentation involves enhancing the size and shape of the breasts with saline or silicone implants, or with autologous fat.
2. Nose Reshaping (Rhinoplasty)
252,000 rhinoplasties were performed in 2010. This number was a one percent decrease from 2009. Rhinoplasty involves surgical reshaping of the nose.
3. Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
209,000 blepharoplasties (also known eye lift or eyelid lift) were performed in 2010, a three percent increase from 2009. Blepharoplasty involves reshaping the eyelids by removing excess eyelid skin or by removing the bags under the eyes.
203,000 liposuction (also known as lipoplasty or suction-assisted lipectomy) procedures were performed in 2010. This number was a two percent increase from 2009. Liposuction involves removing unwanted localized fat deposits to reshape and redefine the contours of the body.
5. Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
116,000 tummy tucks were performed in 2010. This is an increase of one percent from 2009. Abdominoplasty removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen with tightening of the underlying abdominal muscles if necessary.
American Society of Plastic Surgeons. 2010 Plastic Surgery Procedural Statistics. Accessed April 20, 2011.