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Liposuction Statistics

By Peter Fisher, MD on October 31, 2018


Liposuction treatment plan on the abdomenIt’s not unusual to have a little bit of unwanted body fat. This is particularly true of the love handles and the lower abdomen. Crunches, cardio, and healthy eating may not be enough to remove this unwanted fat. That’s when you should consider liposuction, a cosmetic surgery that suctions out stubborn pockets of body fat. Thanks to liposuction at our San Antonio, TX cosmetic surgery center, you can look slimmer, trimmer, and fitter.

Dr. Peter Fisher would like to share some telling statistics about liposuction. Not only is it popular among men and women, it’s also highly effective at helping patients achieve their cosmetic goals.

Liposuction Procedures in 2017

According to figures compiled by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), there were 246,354 liposuctions performed in the United States in 2017. Liposuction was the second most popular plastic surgery procedure in 2017, beaten only by breast augmentation (300,378) and surpassing nose reshaping/rhinoplasty (218,924).

Comparing Liposuction Numbers from Previous Years

Based on previous statistic from the ASPS, there were 235,237 liposuctions performed in the United States in 2016. This means that there were 5 percent more liposuctions performed in 2017 than in 2016. In 2016, liposuction held its spot as the second most popular plastic surgery procedure in America.

Liposuction in Different Parts of America

Liposuction maintains steady popularity in different regions of the United States. The ASPS compiled the following liposuction procedure numbers by region:

  • 43,335 liposuctions performed in the northeast, comprising 18 percent of all surgeries in the region
  • 32,345 liposuctions performed in the midwest, comprising 13 percent of all surgeries in the region
  • 55,559 liposuctions performed in the southeast, comprising 23 percent of all surgeries in the region
  • 37,807 liposuctions performed in the south, comprising 15 percent of all surgeries in the region
  • 77,308 liposuctions performed in the west, including Alaska and Hawaii, comprising 31 percent of all surgeries in the region

Liposuction and Patient Gender

Liposuction was far more common among female patients than among male patients according to ASPS numbers. In 2017, there were 218,174 liposuctions performed on women; this comprised 89 percent of total liposuctions that year. The only surgery among women more popular than liposuction was breast augmentation.

There were 28,180 liposuction procedures performed on men in 2017. Among male plastic surgery patients, liposuction was the third most popular surgery, beaten by nose reshaping/rhinoplasty (52,393) and cosmetic eyelid surgery/blepharoplasty (32,281).

How Much Fat Is Removed During Liposuction?

The average amount of fat removed in surgery can vary to a degree. Since liposuction is intended for cosmetic fat removal only, only 6 to 8 pounds of fat is removed during an average liposuction. Removing more fat could lead to health risks for the patient, which is why patients are asked to lose as much body fat through diet and exercise before considering liposuction.

Liposuction Patient Satisfaction Rate

According to a 2012 study that was published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (the official medical journal of the ASPS), liposuction scored an 8 out of 10 in patient satisfaction. It should be noted that when patients underwent a combined tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) with liposuction, the satisfaction rate wound up exceeding 99 percent.

Following body contouring procedures, 86 percent of patients surveyed reported improvements in self-esteem; 70 percent reported and overall improved quality of life.

Contact the San Antonio Plastic Surgery Center

For more information about liposuction and if it can benefit you, be sure to contact our cosmetic plastic surgery center. We are here to answer your questions and address your concerns. You can reach our practice by phone at (210) 616-0798.

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