Recent Advancements in Plastic Surgery
Recent Advancements in Plastic Surgery
July 13, 2021 by eMedEvents

Recent Advancements in Plastic Surgery

Plastic Surgery is certainly nothing new, however there have been some significant advancements in the industry over the last several years.   Improvements in technology (with a little help from the increase in social media use) has led to a boom in the medical industry in general, and plastic surgery in particular, during the past few decades.  There has been a sharp increase in makeup and cosmetic trends and business is booming. 

According to the latest report released by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Americans spent over $9 billion on aesthetic plastic surgery in the year 2020.


The top surgical procedures performed (among women) in the United States were:


  • Liposuction - over 197,000 procedures
  • Breast Augmentation - over 185,000 procedures
  • Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) - over  116,000 procedures
  • Breast Implants - over 86,000 procedures
  • Breast Lift - over 80,000 procedures

The top surgical procedures performed (among men) in the United States were:

  • Liposuction - over 11,000 procedures
  • Gynecomastia - over 8,000 procedures
  • Blepharoplasty - over 7,000 procedures
  • Rhinoplasty - over 7,000. procedures
  • Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) - over 3,500 procedures


Some of the popular advancements in plastic surgery include…


  1. Non-Surgical Injectable Fillers

Botox and other injectable fillers are expected to continue their popularity as people prefer them due to the non-invasive reality of the procedure.  Technological enhancements have led to improvements in non-surgical procedures and are expected to see an upward trend in coming years.


  1. Laser Resurfacing & Skin Care

Laser resurfacing helps in reducing scarring, blemishes, wrinkles, and facial redness.  While  aging is a natural process, procedures like this help people reach the aesthetic goals they are looking for.  Enhanced skin care techniques and routines are also available for people to follow and participate in.  A properly followed healthy skin care routine can reduce the normal effects of aging.


  1. Liposuction & Cryolipolysis

New procedures continue to be on the rise while skin tightening, liposuction, and cryolipolysis are due to see an even bigger increase in use over the next few years.

Liposuction is a fat-removal procedure that is sometimes used in plastic surgery.  Patients often choose this direction because of difficulties in traditional fat loss techniques.  In the United States, over 200,000 liposuctions procedures were performed last year. The abdomen, upper arms, and buttocks are the most common areas where liposuction is performed. 

Another relatively new procedure is called Cryolipolysis, also known as “coolsculpting”.  This process includes the controlled cooling of fat cells around the body, in an effort to reshape someone’s physical contour.  Cryolipolysis needs to be done by a trained professional due the possibility of frostbite, and the dangers that come with it.


  1. Abdominoplasty (Tummy-Tuck)

The “Tummy-Tuck” procedure removes extra fat from your abdomen area.   While liposuction removes fat from small deposits (sometimes in the same area) an abdominoplasty also removes the extra skin, hence the idea of “tucking it away”.  While there are some differences, the procedures are often used interchangeably.


  1. Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure performed to increase the size, shape, and fullness of the breast.  According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, about 185,000 breast augmentation procedures were performed in the United States last year. The first breast augmentation surgery was performed in the United States by Charles Miller in 1903. Techniques have advanced in recent years causing less pain with fewer recovery times.  Though there is a slight decrease in breast augmentation numbers over the years, the technique continues to be one of the most common plastic surgery procedures.



Plastic Surgery Trends to Watch


A 3D facelift is a micro-surgery that helps to transfer fat from the lower parts of the face to add volume to the cheeks. The procedure gives a more natural look than traditional facelifts and is performed under local anesthesia. For those who do not like to “go under the knife”, the 3D facelift is the best solution.



A hybrid breast augmentation procedure increases and enhances the shape and size of the breast and involves both breast implants and fat transfer cells of your body. Patients who don’t have enough fat to receive their desired breast size usually opt for this procedure to get a more natural look for breasts. The hybrid breast augmentation procedure is a customized approach and is a good solution to find an implant that suits your body and situation.



A lip lift raises the edges of your lips and makes your mouth look more prominent. To fit the face, the procedure reduces the space between the top of the lip and the bottom of the nose. The procedure gives an additional natural look to lips and can sometimes be performed in under an hour.




To know more about plastic surgery, check out below for some eMedEvents conferences:

  1. Plastic Surgery The Meeting (PSTM)

Organizer: American Society of Plastic Surgeons

Start Date: Oct 29, 2021

End Date: Nov 01, 2021

Credits: CME 75

Ticket Cost: Free


  1. Plastic Surgery 2018 Online Review Course

Organizer: The Osler Institute

Start Date: Dec 17, 2018

End Date: Dec 16, 2021

Credits: CME 34

Ticket Cost: Free


  1. JDMS: Natural Breast Augmentation or Fat Transfer The Mammographic and Sonographic Correlation

Organizer: Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS)

Start Date: July 14, 2016

End Date: July 14, 2022

Credits: CME 0.5

Ticket Cost: Free



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