Though the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) is still in the process of compiling its procedural statistical data for the 2014 calendar year, it has shared some distinct trends from the past year. Nonsurgical fat reduction procedures rose 43% in 2014 with more than 100,000 such procedures performed. Additionally, the number of buttock augmentations rose by 86% in 2014.
“Nonsurgical fat reduction is a new frontier in the realm of cosmetic procedures. The rise in its popularity is indicative of the public’s desire for nonsurgical alternatives in lieu of their invasive counterparts. Due to the technological advancement and efficacy of nonsurgical fat reduction devices, it’s not surprising that more people are opting to freeze or melt away stubborn body fat in the comfort of their surgeon’s office as opposed to undergoing surgery,” said Michael Edwards, MD, president of ASAPS, adding that physicians must also note that not all patients are good candidates for nonsurgical procedures—many will benefit more from surgical approaches.
ASAPS expects to release its full 2014 statistics in March 2015.