The Most Popular Plastic Surgery Procedures: What You Need to Know

As a double-board certified aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgeon, I have seen firsthand the growing popularity of plastic surgery procedures. While there are many different types of plastic surgery, some procedures are more common than others. In this article, I will discuss the most popular plastic surgery procedures and provide insight into why they are so sought after.

The Main Cosmetic Surgeries

The most common cosmetic surgeries include breast augmentation, liposuction, nose reshaping, eyelid surgery, tummy tuck, and facelift. These procedures are considered purely elective and are done to improve or reshape parts of the body that are already functioning properly.

Some examples of cosmetic surgery may include a breast lift, a breast augmentation, liposuction, a facelift, and in many cases, nose surgery. It's important to note that just because a procedure is considered cosmetic doesn't mean it can't be performed by a plastic surgeon. In fact, many procedures such as breast augmentation and rhinoplasty fall into both categories and can be performed by either a board-certified cosmetic surgeon or a board-certified plastic surgeon.

Breast Augmentation and Reconstruction

Breast augmentation is a very popular procedure that can be performed solely for cosmetic reasons or as part of reconstructive surgery after a mastectomy. This procedure involves increasing the size, shape, or fullness of the breasts. It is also commonly performed on people who have undergone a mastectomy after a diagnosis of breast cancer.


Liposuction is another popular procedure that is also known as suction-assisted lipectomy, lipoplasty, liposculpture, lipectomy, lipo, or body shaping.

This type of cosmetic surgery involves breaking up and removing excess fat from the body using a thin tube connected to a vacuum. It's important to note that liposuction is not a substitute for weight loss, but rather a way to change the shape and contour of the body in areas where fat is most persistent and resistant to diet and exercise.

Plastic Surgery Procedures

While cosmetic surgery is a type of plastic surgery, not all plastic surgeons are qualified to perform cosmetic procedures. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the most common aesthetic procedures (invasive and minimally invasive) are listed here by their common or descriptive names:
  • Breast reconstruction after a mastectomy
  • Breast reduction
  • Skin grafting
  • Rhinoplasty to correct a deviated nasal septum
Founded in 1931, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons represents doctors certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. As the world's largest organization of board-certified plastic surgeons, they are a trusted source for information on plastic surgery procedures.

The Impact of Social Media

In recent years, there has been a steady increase in transparency as patients have become more open to sharing their plastic surgery experiences on social media.

This has contributed to an increase in certain procedures, as people are more likely to consider them after seeing positive results from others. It's important to note that while legally able to do so, not all plastic surgeons specialize in cosmetic surgery. This means that a cosmetic surgeon may not be qualified to perform certain surgical procedures. However, many procedures such as breast augmentation and rhinoplasty can be performed by both cosmetic and plastic surgeons.

The Risks of Plastic Surgery

As with any surgical procedure, there are risks associated with plastic surgery. It's important to thoroughly research your surgeon and their qualifications before undergoing any procedure.

Additionally, it's important to have realistic expectations and understand that plastic surgery is not a quick fix for underlying issues. While plastic surgery can greatly improve one's appearance and self-confidence, it's important to remember that it is still a surgical procedure and should be taken seriously. Always consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon to ensure the best possible outcome.

The Future of Plastic Surgery

As society becomes more accepting of plastic surgery, we can expect to see an increase in the number of procedures performed. Additionally, as more insurance companies begin to cover medically necessary plastic surgeries, these numbers are sure to rise even further in the coming years. At Garza Plastic Surgery Nashville, we are dedicated to providing our patients with the highest quality care and results. As a double-board certified aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgeon, I am committed to helping my patients achieve their desired results while prioritizing their safety and well-being.

If you are considering plastic surgery, I encourage you to do your research and consult with a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon.

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